Exciting & educational attractions just a stone’s throw away from CCSS


Norwich Castle

It’s not just inside the classroom where you have the opportunity to expand your horizons academically as a student at CCSS. Thanks to our base in Cambridge, there are so many exciting, educational attractions ready and waiting to be explored. Those looking to travel a little further afield will discover a host of attractions in the surroundings areas too, each of which has the potential to extend learning and support your studies.

Your summer in Cambridge may be over for one year, but there are a host of attractions to explore during term time. Read on, to discover the best attractions based just a stone’s throw away from CCSS.

The Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge has turned one man’s passion for art into an educational experience. Whether you are interested in art, history, or both, the Fitzwilliam Museum showcases Viscount Fitzwilliam’s impressive collection, one of the largest in the country, as Visit Cambridge describes:

“Today the Museum has one of the finest collections of paintings, drawings and prints in Britain, with famous works by Rubens, Breughel, Constable, Monet and Picasso to name but a few. It is also known for its remarkable collections from the ancient world, with artefacts from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Cyprus and the ancient near east. Throughout the museum there are significant collections of oriental art, illuminated manuscripts, and outstanding collections of applied arts, pottery, porcelain and medieval coins. Most importantly, the Museum is still very much a part of the University and, as well as playing a big part for the University’s research for the arts, remains free for anyone to visit and enjoy.”

Norwich Castle

Situated in the bustling city of Norwich, Norwich Castle doubles as a museum and art gallery to provide a fantastic day out for students looking to learn more about fine and decorative arts, natural history, and archaeology.

Those enchanted by the region’s local history can also find out more at Norwich Castle with a number of Norfolk Museums Service (NMS) Collections being held there and tours of the castle’s very own dungeons and battlements also available.

Verulamium Museum

We’re heading to nearby Hertfordshire next and St Alban’s Verulamium Museum is a must-visit. Filled with ancient treasures from the Roman Empire, you’ll not only get to explore the artefacts from this period, but delve deeper into the history of one of the largest Roman cities in Britain.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

If nature’s more your thing, a visit to the Cambridge University Botanic Garden should definitely be on your weekend hit list. Home to some 40 acres of beautiful gardens and glasshouses, this attraction is stunning and truly insightful – just ask the CCSS students who visited recently. Cambridge University Botanic Garden also hosts Science on Sundays events, with the free 30-minute talks, that dive even deeper into the specimens on display.

Stanwick Lakes

With more than 750 acres of countryside to explore, Stanwick Lakes in Northamptonshire Nene Valley is the perfect open space for creative thinking and exploration. Popular with nature lovers, adventure seekers, and craft enthusiasts, Stanwick hosts several events throughout the year as well as wildlife and bird watching around the clock.

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