Lose yourself in the Fitzwilliam Museum
The Fitzwilliam Museum is the art and antiquities museum of the prestigious University of Cambridge, at one time praised by the Standing Commission on Museums and Galleries as “one of the greatest art collections of the nation and a monument of the first importance.” Home to one of the most varied and valuable collections in the world, the museum attracts countless art fans, history buffs and tourists every year.
J.M.W Turner at the Fitzwilliam Museum
One of the museum’s proudest features is its extensive collection of paintings by J.M.W Turner. Though a controversial figure in his time, Turner is now held as a hugely important English artist, and credited with revolutionising landscape painting during the romantic period. With 25 watercolours donated to the university in 1861, and 8 more acquired later, this collection allows visitors to get an intimate look at the work of a truly fascinating artist.
Whet your palate at the Cambridgeshire Wine School
After a day at the museum, why not visit Cambridgeshire Wine School - an independent wine education company just south of the city’s prestigious university. Many visitors will enjoy coming here to take part in a fun and enlightening tasting course. Whether you’re a novice or a self-proclaimed connoisseur, you’re sure to have a great time, and come away having learned some interesting facts about wine and the culture surrounding it. Planning a trip to the Fitzwilliam Museum? Travelodge Cambridge Newmarket Road Hotel is a 10-minute drive away, as is Travelodge Cambridge Leisure Park Hotel.