In contrast to metropolitan Oxford, Cambridge is determined to retain its pastoral academic robes. As the tourist office will tell you, the city manages (rather than encourages) visitors. No longer the exclusive preserve of upper-class sons, the university now welcomes women and state-school pupils; during May Week, which marks term’s end, Cambridge shakes off its reserve with gin-soaked glee.
Trains: Station Rd. ( (08457) 484 950), To: London King’s Cross (45min. 2 per hr. Â£16) and London Liverpool Street (ll4hr. 2 per hr. Â£16).
Buses: Drummer St. National Express ( (08705) 808 080) arrives from London (2hr. 2 per hr. from Â£9). Stagecoach (-s-(01604) 676 060) buses go to Oxford (3hr. every hr. from Â£6).
Public Transportation: Cambus (423 554) runs from the train station to the city center (Â£1) and around town (Â£1-2). Whippet Coaches (a(01480) 423 792) runs day-trips. Cabco (312 444) and Camtax ( 313 131) taxis are both 24hr.
Bike Rental: Mike’s Bikes, 28 Mill Rd. (312 591). Â£8 per day, Â£10 per week. Â£50 deposit. Open M-Sa 9am-6pm, Su 10am-4pm.