Wednesday afternoon tours
A coach tour to the nearby stately home of Anglesey Abbey, a National Trust property. A Jacobean style house with stunning gardens, the Abbey set deep in the Fens, also has a working watermill, a delightful restaurant and a second-hand bookshop.
By coach to Ely
A visit to the market town of Ely, former home of Hereward the Wake. The trip will include a visit to the cathedral, “the Ship of the Fens” founded 1350 years ago this year by Saxon queen, Saint Etheldreda. There will also be time to wander around the town, perhaps go to the former family home of Oliver Cromwell or Ely’s museum set in the town’s old gaol with its collection of artefacts from prehistoric times to the present day.
A walking tour of Cambridge’s Old Libraries.
Susi Woodhouse takes you on a tour of some of the historic libraries of the colleges of the University of Cambridge visiting Queens’, King’s and St. John’s for a look behind the scenes. Admire medieval lecterns in libraries, some of which have been in use for over 500 years.
Handel at the Fitz and more
The Fitzwilliam Museum (familiarly known as “the Fitz”) is one of the great museums of the United Kingdom. Founded in 1816, the museum has a stunning collection of Handel and Purcell manuscripts, a huge range of artwork and items from Ancient Egypt and Assyria alongside everything from ceramics and delicately designed fans (some with unexpectedly satirical messages) to militaria. A look at some of the Handel manuscripts will be combined with a tour of the museum. There will be time afterwards for you to re-visit any sections you’re especially interested in or to explore further.
A walking tour of Cambridge with a visit to King’s College Chapel.
A guided tour of the heart of the city by a blue badge guide, followed by a visit to Cambridge’s iconic King’s College Chapel, famous throughout the world for its annual broadcast on Christmas Eve of Nine lessons and carols, first broadcast nearly a century ago in 1928.
A walking tour of Cambridge followed by a trip down the Cam on a punt.
A guided tour of the heart of the city by a blue badge guide, followed by a trip down the Cam on a punt. Don’t worry about falling in, you’ll be safely punted down the Backs by an experienced guide.
A visit to some of the University’s specialist museums followed by a cream tea.
As well as the Fitzwilliam, that grandest of museums, the University has many subject specialist museums ranging from polar exploration to science, anthropology and archaeology and classics. Join us as we visit a selection of the University’s museums. Prepare to be amazed by their diverse collections. There will be time to browse before heading into town for that most British of institutions, the cream tea.
Cambridge organ crawl
With a wealth of college chapels, the church where change ringing was allegedly invented, and a recently restored organ originally designed by Charles Villiers Stanford at the towering church of Our Lady of the Assumption and the English Martyrs, you’re never far from an organ in Cambridge. Join us on that great IAML tradition of the organ crawl.
All trips are subject to change.
Further details TBC.