Ivory Towers of Cambridge University

Architecture of British Universities a joy to behold

In the great debate between Oxford and Cambridge Universities and towns for prestige and charm, Cambridge certainly wins in the charm department. The town and the university certainly have embraced and enhanced the Cam river, much more effectively than Oxford, for which the Thames is an afterthought. Too, the atmosphere in Cambridge is much more relaxed. Though C.S. Lewis thought Magdalen college to be 'hard boiled', I found it to be merely poached.

I might add that most European Universities do not have sprawling, fairway lined campuses that we Americans associate with such institutions in the US. Some universities, located in the major cities, are barely distinguishable from the city building surrounding them.