Situated close to the River Cam and occupying a central location, The Varsity Hotel is a stylish…
If you fancy finding out how the likes of actors Sir Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, to name but a few, came to get the performing bug, then book a show at the ADC. This pretty, white- and blue-washed period building, a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, has hosted the university’s Amateur Dramatic Club (ADC) since the late 1800s. The club itself was formed in 1855. Shows are a superb mix of comedy sketches, stand-up and satire
- Opening Times: Open Mon–Sat 1–7. During university term time the main show commences at 7.45 Tue–Sat, followed by a late show at 11
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About the area
To the west of East Anglia is Cambridgeshire, a county best known as the home to the university that makes up the second half of ‘Oxbridge’ (the other half is Oxford). As well as its globally renowned educational credentials, it also has a rich natural history; much of its area is made up of reclaimed or untouched fens. These are low-lying areas which are marshy and prone to flooding. The lowest point in the UK is at Holme Fen, which is some 9 feet (2.75 metres) below sea level. Some of the fens had been drained before, but it was in the 19th and 20th centuries that wide-spread, successful drainage took place, expanding the amount of arable and inhabitable land available.
Ely Cathedral was built on an island among the swampy fens, but now sits among acres of productive farmland, albeit farmland criss-crossed by miles of flood-preventing watercourses. Oliver Cromwell was born in Ely, and his family home can still be visited. Cambridge itself is a beautiful and historic city, with any number of impressive old buildings, churches and colleges, and plenty of chances to mess about on the River Cam which gave the city its name.
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