St. Mary’s and King’s College

The last time I was in Cambridge was six years ago, and it was only a day trip, so it has been quite astounding to me to see just how much has changed in the last few years here.

This university town is small, but packed full of interesting things to do and see, and since I’m here for a much longer stay this time around, I can really make the most of my time here.

Yesterday I went to St. Mary’s which is a pleasant church, though rather simple compared to some of the other cathedrals and abbey’s in this area.

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I went to the church primarily because it has an excellent viewing platform at the top of the bell tower, and I wanted a great aerial view – and I was not disappointed! It was a beautiful day (the weather for the next little while looks positively incredible, especially for England!)

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Then I went to King’s College, probably the most famous site in Cambridge, and a site that I visited previously on a very dreary day six years ago. I was very glad to have such a lovely day to contrast it with, but I was not terribly pleased that the price of admission has gone up to 9£.

The grounds are beautiful and immaculately kept, of course. The public isn’t permitted into most of the buildings in the college – that’s for students and faculties, but it’s nice to wander around the grounds.

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The interior of King’s College chapel is truly beautiful, and I spent most of my time inside here. After I’d taken the photos I wanted, I just sat and enjoyed the beautiful sun streaming through the gorgeous stained glass.

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I continued on through the back of the chapel, towards the back of the grounds, where it meets the River Cam. There were tons of groups out punting on the river in the beautiful weather, and it was pleasant to watch for a while.

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