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Where? 'Cambridge is a wonderful fusion of the everyday and the extraordinary, a living city that has shaped history, that today reflects the best of historic and contemporary life and is continuing to make its mark on the future.' ­ Visitcambridge.org

Isn't that leaving out something rather important? The 25,000-plus staff and students of the university, perhaps? 'The University of Cambridge is one of the oldest universities in the world, and one of the largest in the UK. It has a worldwide reputation for outstanding academic achievement.' ­ The University of Cambridge

Work? There are 19 practices in Cambridge City PCT.

Homes? On the pricey side. You can get a four-bedroom semi-detached Victorian home in a good area for £410,000.

Schools? Good results at Hills Road Sixth Form College where students average 394.9 points at A-level.

Leisure? Much to please the bookish, of course, and much else besides from punting on the Cam to ghost tours. A vineyard, three cinemas, six theatres and no less than 30 museums and galleries.

From the local press:

A Cambridge man has spoken of his miracle escape when a bomb exploded next to him in a Tube train carriage. ­ Cambridge Evening News, July 12

Famous residents: Between staff and former students there are too many to name here. But Brief History of Time author Stephen Hawking crops up on most lists. For a non-academic option, how about Grease star Olivia Newton-John?

Anything else?

The university is host to a vigorous department of public health and primary health care.

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