3-27 Oct The Cambridge Show
to 16 Oct Looms of Our Grandmothers
to 10 Nov Belzoni: A Cultural Gift
to 30 Dec Prehistoric Life at Star Carr
to 12 Jan 2020 Fans Unfolded: the Lennox-Boyd Collection
What to see
You’ll find accounts of Cambridge’s tourist attractions in Towns of Two Halves (and of 91 other places: order the book now for £8+P&P from firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information plus shopping, eating out etc there’s Visit Cambridge, Cambridge Live or Lonely Planet.
Comment and colour
Some towns and cities clearly need no help from Towns of Two Halves to boost their tourism statistics. In Cambridge on 14 August you could hardly move – literally, in some places – for visitors.
Cambridge United were at home to Newport County in the League Cup (until the sponsor pays me to call it the Carabao Cup, it will be the League Cup here) that evening. Newport would have to have a startlingly large Far Eastern following to account for the tourists in the city. Last season (2016/17), County’s average away following was 438. Sure enough, according to Visit Cambridge & Beyond about 5.3m people went to Cambridge in 2016. That would be 14,500 a day and there’s no reason to think the number is falling.
Of course, the hordes will presumably be seasonal. The pavements will surely be easier to negotiate in January and February, and rights of way for punts on the Cam will not be an issue. But when a city councillor says “short-stay tourism… threatens to overwhelm the city within a very few years”, it looks as if you should go now, while you can.
And what should you go to see? I asked the young woman on the ticket desk at the Museum of Cambridge. She replied: “You must see a college, and the Fitzwilliam has some fine things, and the river…” The Museum of Cambridge might be taken for granted on that itinerary.
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Other Cambridge links:
Centre for Computing History
Kettle’s Yard Gallery
Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
Museum of Classical Archaeology
Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
University of Cambridge Museum of Zoology
Whipple Museum of the History of Science