Cambridge

Manchester to Cambridge with us

We provide Saloon Cars, Estate Cars, Executive cars and minibuses. Our drivers are all experienced local drivers who will make your transfer smooth and enjoyable. We can also offer a ‘meet and greet’ service at your request. Our services are available 24/7 with staff at hand to attend to any queries you may have, whether it be before or after you have made a booking.

A ‘Meet and Greet’ service can be arranged when booking whereby the driver will be in arrivals with the passenger’s name or company name, whichever you prefer. A comforting thought, especially for first time visitors in a foreign country.

If your flight is early or subject to delays, we will track your flight’s progress and send your driver at the new expected time of arrival.

A lot of our work is corporate based so if you are booking a taxi for other people you need not worry, we will give them the professional quality service they would expect. We can send receipts via email on request.

Remember, this is a set fare, no taxi meters, no hidden charges, regardless of the route or time taken from Manchester.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ! We advise booking as early as possible to avoid disappointment. If your transfer is within the next 12 hours please call us the number given on top of the page.

Please ensure you book the correct taxi for your Manchester Airport or Around Manchester to Cambridge journey. Vehicle capacity is indicated below:

Saloon Car

Oneway: £209.00

Return: £410.00

4x passengers 2x Suitcase 2x Hand Luggage

Estate Car

Oneway: £229.00

Return: £450.00

4x passengers 4x Suitcase 4x Hand Luggage

Executive Car

Oneway: £240.00

Return: £470.00

4x passengers 2x Suitcase 2x Hand Luggage

8 Seater Minibus

Oneway: £272.00

Return: £530.00

8x passengers 8x Suitcase 8x Hand Luggage


Overview of Cambridge

Cambridge is famous for its university, currently one of the best in the world, and its scientists. It is the town where: the atom was first split, where the structure of DNA was discovered, where Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution, where Newton developed his theory of gravity, where the order of human DNA was first discovered, where the electron and neutron were discovered, where Stephen Hawking of black-hole fame used to live and work. It has been home to some of the great thinkers of the last 500 years.
Cambridge is small and the historic town centre can only be visited on-foot – no vehicles are allowed. Expect to walk for most or all of your visit. Better still, spend an hour on the river – easily the best way to see the beauty of Cambridge. There are no hills in the centre of town.
  1. Go punting in a boat on the river – it’s great fun and you get the see the best of Cambridge from the river. A group of 5 persons can go together for between GBP 30 – 50. Punts can be rented by the hour from three locations on the river. If you are new to Cambridge then go punting along the Backs of the colleges. Chauffeur punting is also available.
  2. King’s College chapel (1446) – wonderful gothic perpendicular architecture with an almost flat ceiling that was the wonder of its day. Famous Rubens painting “Adoration of the Magi” (1634) hangs over the alter.
  3. Mathematical bridge in Queen’s College – viewed from Silver Street bridge – this was the first bridge to ever be designed and built using mathematical principles.
  4. Gatehouse to Trinity College – statue of King Henry VIII holding an orb and old wooden chair-leg. Find-out the tradition surrounding the chair-leg. See the photo gallery.
  5. View of the river from King’s College bridge – great view of King’s Chapel, King’s College, Clare College and the Backs (gardens around the river). Not accessible if the College is closed.
  6. View of the river from Garrett Hostel Lane – nice view of Clare fellows garden, Clare bridge, Trinity Hall, Trinity gardens but the main reason to go here is that it is the most congested place on the river for punts and if anyone is going to fall in it is likely to be here and it is very funny to watch. Best viewed on a hot summer day when the river is busy. Be prepared to wait but you will not be disappointed.
  7. Magdalene bridge – lovely view of  Magdalene College gardens and good place to sit and take refreshments.
  8. Corpus Christi College clock – corner of King’s Parade and Benet Street. New, modern design with flashing lights and a mechanical insect crawling over the top. Watch you don’t get injured by a cyclist if you step out into the street to take a photograph of this monster.
Cambridge is a pretty, old town and it is worth visiting because it’s small and you can easily walk around it in a day. It escaped the destruction of the second world war, unlike many other towns in England, so it has old buildings and it still has narrow, medieval streets.
The University is organised into subject departments (like Physics, Chemistry, English, History, Modern Languages) and into colleges (where students live and get some teaching). The colleges are a distinctive inter-disciplinary feature of Cambridge life and much older than the departments. Colleges are more like medieval monasteries than just places to sleep and eat. Many of the colleges are old (like Peterhouse or King’s College or Trinity College) and some are old and rich (like Trinity College). The older colleges nearly all have fine old buildings and it is these buildings that you will see if you come to visit Cambridge.
Cambridge is located about 45 miles north (70 Km) of London. There are good train and bus services to Cambridge from London (King’s Cross and Liverpool Street stations) and it is possible to get to Cambridge from the East Midlands, via Peterborough. Cambridge is also linked by train to other towns in East Anglia, such as King’s Lynn, Norwich, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.
The train station is inconveniently located about 2 km south from the centre of the town. It is possible to walk to the centre or there are buses and taxis.
The bus station is close to the centre of town in Drummer Street and visitors can easily walk from Drummer street to the main tourist sites.
The university was founded in the twelfth century by academics from Oxford University who didn’t like Oxford. The oldest building from that time is the Erasmus Building in St John’s College but the oldest surviving college is Peterhouse. Cambridge and Oxford are similar distances from London: Oxford lies to the west of London and Cambridge to the north. The distance was sufficiently great that the ruling monarch could not travel from London to either town in mediaeval times in one day. This was an advantage for academics if the monarch acted on impulse and thought a few executions would boost morale! The distance provided a useful cooling-off period.
The University has evolved slowly over the centuries and for much of the time it has been more like a collection of monasteries than the University that exists today. Seven hundred years ago if you came to Cambridge you studied Latin, Greek and Theology and lived in houses with your teachers who were generally priests. The colleges evolved to become very much like monasteries that concentrated on teaching. Things changed after 1536 when King Henry VIII suppressed the monasteries in England and Cambridge changed its interests to study science and learning outside of Theology and the Classics. However, Cambridge colleges have preserved a strong connection with the old monastic traditions, which shows that Cambridge has been slow to change its traditions. For example grace is said in Latin before formal meals. A rather less charming tradition was that women could not get degrees at the University of Cambridge until 1948 although women had been coming to Cambridge to study for over 100 years by 1948 and taking the same examinations as male students. Indeed, only in 1998 did the University finally get around to awarding degrees to some women students who should have graduated before 1948.
To gain entrance to the University students still needed to pass exams in Latin until about 1970 and until about the 19th century academics were expected to remain celibate. Theology remained one of the main subjects for study until the industrial revolution. Isaac Newton spent more time working on theology than he did on mathematics or physics. During the years of the black-death in medieval times there was a shortage of priests to bury the dead so a college was founded at Cambridge just to boost the numbers of priests – it was called the “body of Christ”, Corpus Christi, and the college still exists to this day.
King Henry VIII was an English King who liked to have his own way. He created the Church of England by a reformation that separated it from the Roman Catholic church so that he could have a divorce from his first wife, the Spanish princess Catherine of Aragon and widow of Henry’s dead brother and former king. To strengthen his rule he dissolved the Roman Catholic monasteries in England, adding to his political power and wealth. This suppression could have badly affected Cambridge but King Henry did not destroy the colleges in Cambridge, probably because he valued the technological advantage that might derive from harnessing the great thinkers there – he was a great promoter of technology in the British navy, for example. As well as establishing the Greenwich naval academy (the reason the 0 degree meridian passes through Greenwich, England) he also endowed Cambridge, most notably Trinity College, Isaac Newton’s college and the college of many other famous mathematicians and scientists. It remains the most magnificent of the colleges in Cambridge and the college for the aristocracy to attend (most recently Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales). It’s not surprising then that Trinity College is one of the wealthiest institutions in Great Britain and, reputedly, it does not need the income it derives from student fees; it now derives its wealth from the land it owns, particularly Felixstowe docks (the major container port in the UK) and from the science parks around Cambridge.
It has always been a sign of status to found a new college in Cambridge and if you could get it named after you then you had made it to the top. Some of the names of the older colleges sound rather grand now: Gonville & Caius, Pembroke, Sidney Sussex, Selwyn. However, some of the more recent names do not yet have the same ring, for example, Robinson College (named after a man who made his fortune renting televisions in the 1960s). Doubtless in two hundred years time the name will sound better.
Towards the end of the 19th century wealthy patrons started giving money to create departments for study, instead of colleges. In science this allowed Cambridge to attract the best minds. This started the intensification of interest in science in Cambridge that resulted in the discovery of the electron, the neutron and the splitting of the atom.
In the 1980s the UK government introduced a system of rating the departments of universities on a scale 0 to 5, with 5 being the top grade. If a department got a score of 5 it received additional money from the government and the department was more likely to get research grants. All Cambridge’s departments scored 5 and Cambridge shot to the top of the academic league and started collecting large sums of money. So large that the university embarked upon a major expansion of buildings. A number of other universities were given research ratings of 5 for their departments and the government introduced a new 5* rating to try to differentiate between the top universities. Virtually all Cambridge departments scored 5* – Cambridge stayed top. The money was used to do more top class research in Cambridge – the virtuous circle the government wanted to create but, unfortunately, Cambridge was too good and was taking too much money – other universities were complaining, particularly when poorly performing departments started to close. The money going to Cambridge was cut back but Cambridge remains at the top of the pack in the UK and is regularly in the top 5 universities in the world.
Unfortunately, the university does not welcome tourists but if you have a special interest in physics there is a wonderful, small museum in the New Cavendish, Thomson Avenue, on the west of Cambridge. It is possible to walk there but you need to be fit. There are buses out there but it is not worth visiting unless you have a special interest in physics. On display are: James Clark Maxwell’s old desk, the apparatus used to discover the electron, the apparatus used to discover the neutron and some of the earliest X-ray photographs. There are also wonderful old photographs of Cavendish researchers over the last 130 years. This museum is a little gem. Unfortunately, you cannot just turn-up to enter the museum, you must book a time to visit in advance.
There is a museum about polar research in the Scott Polar Institute on Lensfield Road that is within reasonable walking distance of the centre.
The Whipple museum is centrally located on Free School Lane but it is largely a collection of old scientific instruments often of no particular connection with Cambridge. Not our favourite.
If you like art museums then the best is the Fitzwilliam Museum on Trumpington Street. It is a simply the best in Cambridge and well worth a visit, particularly if it is wet or cold outside. The tea shop is worth a visit and the shop sells some interesting jewelry.
The best time to visit Cambridge as a tourist is in the spring, summer or autumn because Cambridge has many beautiful gardens to admire. The gardens are mostly all located close to the river that runs through the middle of the old, historic town centre. The gardens are most beautiful during spring (when crocuses bloom in large numbers) and summer (best time for punting). Access to the colleges is restricted in May and June due to examinations and post-exam celebrations. It is better for the tourist to avoid the 6 weeks from early May until mid-June.
The weather in Cambridge during winter is often cold, wet and misty.
Cambridge’s weather is relatively dry for England. Recent summers have been hot and often dry with good weather extending almost to the end of October.

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