As the home of the University of Cambridge, the city is widely known as a hallowed seat of learning. Perhaps it’s this academic environment, or the fact that cycling is the preferred mode of transport, but the place is certainly imbued with a genteel air. Characterised by historic architecture, pedestrianised streets, open-air markets, picturesque green spaces and lazy riverside pastimes, Cambridge is truly a beautiful city in which to live and work.
You don’t have to look far to find a Cambridge that’s cosmopolitan and creative. If shopping is your craving, the historic centre is a delicious huddle of independent retailers and artisan makers. And don’t forget the Market Square for daily, fresh local produce or the inspiring collections of 20thcentury art at Kettle’s Yard. If you’re looking for big name brands, then head to the Grand Arcade and discover the likes of John Lewis, Apple, The White Company, Ted Baker and Links of London.
If the number of restaurants is a measure of Cambridge folk’s passion for food, they must be in love. From simple fare to fine dining, from chefs championing local produce to exotic international cuisines, there’s good food to suit every taste and mood. There are even two establishments holding Michelin Stars. But let’s not forget the many coffee shops, cafés, tea rooms, patisseries, crêperies, bakers and delicatessens. Cambridge also has a passion for the outdoors which means you’ll find diners on rooftops, pavements, and of course, by the river. Look further afield, as far as the surrounding villages, and you’re likely to unearth some of the finest eateries in the region. Those looking for the freshest local produce will find the best at the Gag Magog Farm Shop, which is just down the road from Ninewells. This delightful local institution features a charming café and is home to The Shack, serving up some of Cambridge’s best street food and live music.
Cambridge, today, is a hotbed of innovation. It’s a phenomenon that’s developed organically, but now the city and surrounding area, dubbed Silicon Fen, is home to an established cluster of science and technology based businesses. Focusing on software, electronics, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, the area is one of the most important technology centres in Europe. Companies like Apple, Amazon, Arm, AstraZeneca, Google, Microsoft, Toshiba and Spotify have all set up camp here. Of course, as a world leader in pioneering research and providing a ready source of graduates, the university is at the heart of it all.
The city is known globally as the home of the University of Cambridge, an iconic institution, founded in 1209 and regarded as one of the top universities in the world. Cambridge’s other seat of further education is Anglia Ruskin University. Together, the two campuses are responsible for broadening the minds of around 30,000 students. But the academic excellence doesn’t rest there. From primary schools to further education colleges, Cambridgeshire boasts numerous acclaimed learning establishments for its younger students too.
NEARBY SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
Oaks International SchoolCherry Hinton Road, Cambridge CB1 8DW oaksinternationalschool.co.uk
Sanction Wood School2 Saint Paul’s Road, Cambridge CB1 2EZ sanctonwood.co.uk
Saint Faith’s SchoolTrumpington Road, Cambridge CB2 8AG stfaiths.co.uk
St Mary’s SchoolBateman Street, Cambridge CB2 1LY stmaryscambridge.co.uk
Conveniently positioned, Ninewells is within easy reach of the area’s best schools, as well as its leisure, recreation and healthcare facilities. Access to such amenities is essential to create a flourishing, sustainable community, and crucial to this access is good connectivity. Happily, Cambridge boasts a brilliant public transport system, with a comprehensive bus service. There is a number of routes serving Ninewells, with the nearest bus stops around 200 metres away (about a five-minute walk). From these, you can pick up various frequent services that run to the centre, the train station and outlying areas.
Famously, cycling is a favourite mode of transport in Cambridge. Ninewells’ own cycle paths will connect to a comprehensive system of off-road cycle routes and cycle lanes that link the development to the city and wider cycle network.
The city also has excellent road access via the M11 and A14, and it’s well-served by rail connections. From Ninewells, it’s just a few minutes’ drive to Cambridge station, and regular trains run nonstop to London King’s Cross, with a journey time of around an hour.
Other direct rail destinations include Liverpool Street, Norwich, Birmingham, Peterborough, Ipswich, and Stansted Airport. Cambridge North, due to open in 2018, will have direct services to Brighton and Gatwick Airport via London St. Pancras.