There are many ingredients required to ensure your business meeting or event is full of energy and engagement, and choosing the right host city is absolutely key.
After all, when your delegates have free time to explore, you want them to be as engaged with their surroundings as they are with the event itself. Where better to choose then, than Cambridge.
It is a city rich in history and character, with stunning architecture and an array of quality restaurants, pubs and bars, all wrapped up in a friendly welcome.
Cambridge is without doubt, one of the jewels of the UK’s crown and a perfect location to hold your business meeting or event. Read on to find out why!
University of Cambridge
Cambridge University is one of the outstanding centres of academia and learning. Founded in 1209, it is the among the oldest surviving universities in the world.
A tour of some of the 31 colleges and their stunning buildings and gardens means your delegates will be walking in the footsteps of some of the world’s great minds. Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Francis Crick are among the illustrious alumni. So much Cambridge history is intrinsically linked to the University, so a guided tour is a must!
Excellent Transport Links
It is important to make your event or business meeting as hassle free as possible for your delegates, so choosing a city with excellent transport links is essential. Cambridge is extremely well connected and is just 50 minutes on a train from London and 30 miles from Stansted Airport.
If you are holding a residential event, your guests can take advantage of the Møller Institute’s ample free parking before using our cycle hire service and hopping on a bike. Cambridge is relatively small and very bike friendly, so pedal power is the best way to explore!
History and Culture
Cambridge is a hotbed of history and culture, so wherever you turn in the city, you won’t be far from a site of historical significance.
The iconic Fitzwilliam Museum is a spectacular building founded in 1816 by viscount Fitzwilliam, an alumnus of Trinity College. Its exhibitions showcase art and historical artifacts of world renown, and it is a must see for any visitor to the city.
Your delegates can venture down Kings Parade before stopping at the city’s famous Quayside to take a chauffeured punting tour down the River Cam. Punting is the best way to view the backs of the colleges and to take in another masterpiece – the Mathematical Bridge. Built in 1719, the imposing arch design is widely regarded as an engineering triumph and seeing it should firmly be on your delegates’ “to do” list.
When it comes to architecture, one of the hardest questions to answer may be “which are the best colleges to visit in Cambridge?”
There are a number of Cambridge guided tours that navigate round some of the more famous of the 31 colleges, but your delegates may prefer to plot their own route to take in some of the stunning structures that give Cambridge so much of its character.
King’s College Chapel is a building of particular magnificence and is one of the most iconic in the city. Stunning 12th century architecture is on show with a visit to the Round Church on Bridge Street, while the Wren Library at Trinity College, designed by Christopher Wren is a visual marvel with a famous open cloister. It is home to works by the likes of Shakespeare, and Sir Isaac Newton, so its literary power matches its architecture.
Chances are your delegates will build up an appetite as they explore Cambridge, which is just as well, as the city is home to many a fabulous eating spot.
The world-famous Chelsea buns at Fitzbillies bakery are sticky, sweet and delicious, while the Market Square is a melting pot of world food outlets from Chinese, to African, Mexican to traditional English. The city also boasts outstanding pubs and bars.
The Pint Shop on Peas Hill serves some of the best beer around, alongside top-notch food (the scotch eggs are sumptuous). Just along the road is the Eagle – said to be the oldest pub in Cambridge and the location of Crick and Watson’s grand announcement relating to the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure in 1953. Venture further through the pub to the rear bar, where the walls are adorned with drawings and signatures from allied airmen who used to drink there during the second world war.
Beautiful green spaces
When it comes to beautiful, green spaces, Cambridge has an embarrassment of riches. Delegates need only venture a matter of yards from the Møller Institute accommodation to discover the picturesque grounds of Churchill College.
Jesus Green is a perfect spot for a picnic by the river or people watching. Head further up the River Cam towards Newnham and you will soon discover the rolling greenery of Grantchester and Byron’s pool, where Lord Byron was said to have cooled off on warm summer days.
The University Botanic Gardens is a wonder to behold and is home to 8,000 plant species from around the world. It’s the perfect place for your delegates to wind down and reflect.
For a green space which is awash with historical significance, your delegates should head to Parkers Piece – a 25-acre expanse near the City Centre where picnics and games of cricket and football are commonplace. The sporting link with Parkers Piece is a strong one, as it’s widely regarded as the spot where the rules of Association Football were devised.
Cambridge is definitely a city with plenty to offer!
It’s clear that Cambridge, as a City has plenty to offer as a prime location for your business meeting or event, so choosing the perfect venue to allow your delegates to explore the city comfortably and at their own convenience is key.
Here at the Møller Institute we offer event packages that combine world class event spaces with top quality accommodation, allowing your guests to settle in and feel at home in Cambridge for the duration of their stay.
Accommodation can be booked online and our dedicated events team will work with you every step of the way from planning to delivery.
To make an enquiry or to book your conference venue or a residential stay, contact our team today!