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10 Things to Do in Cambridge

Long hailed as one of the most prestigious university towns any student could dream to live in, Cambridge is a mainstay in the history of education in the United Kingdom. Visiting Cambridge might make you feel scholarly purely by association. While you're in town, take a tour of some of the top spots.

University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

No visit to Cambridge would be complete without stopping by the university itself. The school is the second oldest English speaking university and was founded in 1209. The grounds are as impressive as the history they contain.

Fitzwilliam Museum
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Fitzwilliam Museum

Art historians will find some treasures from many time periods at the Fitzwilliam Museum. Those who know the Turner prize will be pleased to find many of Turner's works here. Plus, admission is free.

Cambridge University Botanical Garden

Cambridge University Botanical Garden

Horticulturalists will be enthusiastic to see the variety of flora and fauna found at the Cambridge University Botanical Garden. As the seasons change, so do the offerings of the garden.

Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey

The former priory is now open to the public. You can take a strolls in the garden, admire the 98 acre grounds and estate, and of course, visit the Abbey itself.

The Backs

The Backs

A perfect spot for a picnic, the Backs is the name given to the riverbanks east of Queen's Road. The Backs are a scenic spot to stop and contemplate your application to Cambridge University, or life in general.

Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences

The Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences specializes in geology. Courtesy of doctor John Woodward, visitors can see over 10,000 specimens that he collected over 35 years.

Museum of Cambridge

If you're interested in the illustrious history of Cambridge, make sure to visit the Museum of Cambridge. The exhibitions are set in a well preserved 17th century house that frames the collection well.

Kettle's Yard
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Kettle's Yard

The Kettle's Yard is an art gallery located inside the former home of the Ede family. The works in the space are from the permanent collection amassed by John and Helen Ede while they lived in Cambridge.

Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral

The Ely Cathedral is hard to miss due to its prominent placement on an otherwise flat landscape. Make sure to take in the Purbeck marble that decorates the structure.

Church of St Mary the Great

Church of St Mary the Great

Dating back to the 13th century, the Church of St Mary the Great is part of the Church of England and is affiliated with Cambridge University and acts as the official university church. As always when visiting churches, be respectful of ongoing services.

Planning Your Cambridge Visit

How to Get Around Cambridge?

As a student town, there are large areas of Cambridge that are easily walkable. You can also bike around or take local buses. Taxis and trains are available at your convenience too.

What is the weather in Cambridge like?

Unsurprisingly, the warmest summer month is August. You'll find the most rain in December and the coldest temperatures in January. Generally, the whole summer is pleasant even though winters can be quite cold.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    British Pound (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +44
  • Best time to visit
    The best time to visit Cambridge depends on your itinerary. If you want to see the university in full swing, the fall and spring semesters are best. If you're more interested in sightseeing and enjoying a sunny stroll or two, you're better off visiting in summer.

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What people are saying about Cambridge

A good way to get your bearings around the city.

It was easy to obtain the tickets online and to download the app. The only fly in the ointment was that the buses did not yet have a QR code reader and so the driver was confused how to deal with the lack of a paper ticket receipt. Many visitors coming to use the tour will have a phone but no printer so that is a bit of a disadvantage. Our driver took the receipt number and reckoned he could sort it out later.

A well organised informative trip, Ben was an excellent host.

Ben, our captain had a wealth of knowledge, well put over but not intrusive. Also his boating skills were superb in what was a crowded river environment. Very physically helpful with my aged brother in law and attentive to our comfort and well being. A very enjoyable trip with nothing I could criticise. Well done, the receptionist looked cold but didn't let it show and was very efficient. What more could I say, money well spent.

Cambridge: Shared Punting Tour Reviewed by peter, 25/08/2018

Conner was very informative, with fun and memorable information.

Great experience - so interesting and fun. Our tour guide: Conner was excellent. He clearly enjoyed guiding us (in incredible heat) and entertained us with memorable and amusing facts about the city. A must for any visitor.

Fun way to see the colleges and learn about Cambridge.

Ricardo was a great guide and answered our many questions about university and the town!

Cambridge: Shared Punting Tour Reviewed by Alissa, 19/07/2018

Definitely recommend if visiting Cambridge!

Max was fantastic and gave us a great tour of the river! Very relaxing and saw some beautiful sights

Cambridge: Shared Punting Tour Reviewed by Melanie, 06/05/2018