Cambridge is a beautiful city in the East of England, and is home to some of the country’s most prestigious universities, beautiful buildings and all important history. It is just over an hour drive or train journey from London, and easily accessible by public transport. There are countless hotels to choose from if you decide to turn your trip into a staycation, and plenty of restaurants, cafes and things to do in and around the city too.
Are you looking for the best things to do in Cambridge? If so, I have you covered!
Go on a Walking Tour of the City
There are a number of walking tours available to join in Cambridge, which is a brilliant way to get to know the beautiful city. It’s easy to get lost, or not know where to start in a city like this, but a walking tour will set you on the right track and you may even meet some like-minded people along the way.
Go Punting Down the River Cam
Punting is a must when visiting Cambridge – it’s the best way to see the city and is enjoyable whether you’re a solo traveler, with friends or with family. Many groups book punting trips too, which may be a fun idea for hen do’s and celebrations! The Traditional Punting Company is well recommended, and you can book a private tour, or a shared tour with them. The guides know the area history very well and will point significant areas out to you along the way. You can bring snacks and drinks on board, and for a romantic trip, book an evening punting tour where you may even catch the sunset. Click here to have a look at the tours they offer.
Grab Lunch at Market Square
Looking for somewhere cheap to eat in Cambridge? Market Square is a must visit whether you’re after some street food, fresh veg, flowers and more. The street food has to be a winner at the market – there is a choice of sweet and savoury options, as well as vegan street food. Find the Market on Market Hill, click here for directions.
Visit The Fitzwilliam Museum
The Fitzwilliam Museum is a beautiful museum filled with history and gorgeous artwork. It is free to explore the museum and could make an interesting addition to your day out in the city.
Admire the View from Great St Mary’s Church
Looking for the best view in Cambridge? Great St Mary’s Church offers stunning views of Cambridge and the Market Square. The Church also has a cafe and gift shop and is open Tuesdays to Sundays for visitors.
Soak up Some Knowledge at Wren Library
Wren Library is open to visitors from 12-2pm every weekday and is filled with books (obviously) and beautiful artictecture. If you are planning on taking photos at the library, make sure you speak to a member of staff before doing so, and reading through the rules for photography which you can find on their website.
Go Antique Shopping
There are a number of quaint antique shops in and around Cambridge, so if you’re interested in finding some unique pieces then you’re in for a treat here!
Visit a Neighbouring Village
There are lots of gorgeous villages surrounding Cambridge that are a must visit. A few of my favourites are Grantchester, Haslingfield, Linton and Ely, all of which are home to beautiful cottages, country style pubs and pretty cafes. All of these villages also have beautiful scenic walking routes – so there is no excuse to not get your steps in!
Have a Picnic on Sheep’s Green
There’s nothing better than having a picnic in the sunshine, and there are lots of areas to set up your picnic in the city. Sheep’s Green however, is one of my favourites and often a little quieter than some others. This Green is also popular with dog walkers, so if you brought your pup with you, it’ll make a lovely walk and paddle in the river. Set up your picnic by the River Cam and watch the world go by. If you didn’t bring a picnic with you, there are plenty of little shops around the city to grab some bits, or you can pick up a takeaway at one of the many cafes and restaurants in the area.
Explore the University Colleges
Many of the University Colleges are open to visitors to explore the grounds and soak in some of the history. You can even get a University tour with a graduate and learn the ins and outs of some of the country’s most prestigious colleges. The architecture is absolutely breathtaking and the grounds are kept immaculate – don’t forget to bring your camera!
Go Paddle Boarding
Have you ever tried paddle boarding? Well, you should! Although it isn’t as easy at it looks, paddle boarding is a lot of fun and there is no better place to give it a try than in Cambridge on the river, surrounded by beautiful buildings and greenery. There are a few companies in Cambridge that offer paddle boarding sessions to accommodate your needs, whether you are looking for a guided lesson or to hire a board and go off on your own (please only do this if experienced). Click here to book a session with SUP Cambridge.
Enjoy Afternoon Tea in the City
After spending the day exploring Cambridge and feeling very typically English, why not put the cherry on the cake and sit down for an Afternoon Tea? There are countless places to enjoy a very English Afternoon Tea in Cambridge, whether you’re after a quaint little tearoom or dining in a fancy restaurant. Some of my favourite spots include The Hotel Du Vin, Fitzbillies and Browns Cambridge.
Admire King’s College Chapel
King’s College Chapel is one of the most photographed buildings in Cambridge and for good reason. It’s stunning architecture and stained glass windows attract many tourists to the city – and students go for free! The foundation stone of the Chapel was laid back in 1446 and was visited my many Kings over the years, so there is no better place to get your dose of British history. When King Henry VIII died, the Chapel was quickly recognised as one of Europe’s finest. Events are often held at the Chapel and the grounds are very well-maintained – check the website to see if you can catch an event!
Visit Cambridge University’s Botanical Garden
If you’re a plant lover like me, you must stop by Cambridge University’s Botanical Garden, the glasshouses are filled with exotic tropical plants and the gardens are beyond beautiful. There are opportunities to learn and you can actually book a ‘learning ticket’. The Gardens also have an annual Festival of Plants – any gardeners dream! Make sure you book your ticket in advance, the gardens are very popular!
Have the best time exploring Cambridge, and feel free to pop any extra recommendations in the comments below!
As always, love Elise x
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I’ve heard good things about Cambridge, although I’ve never been (I visited Oxford, its rival, instead). What a tranquil city with plenty of elegant architecture– to have a picnic outdoors or afternoon tea al-fresco at a dine-in would be the dream!