Top attractions 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyBritish Pound (£)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+44
- Best time to visitThe 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
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.
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.
Jess was a terrific guide...enough facts interspersed with some little known gems...a very useful introduction to Cambridge and its colleges..Top Tip which we followed up on was to attend the Evensong at Kings Chapel...a really atmospheric way of being involved with this lovey building. Thankyou
The history of this place is awesome. You feel am energy in Cambridge. Drowned in history...of some of the greatest discoveries on earth.
Nice small group good pace good mix of formal versus informal stories very likeable guide