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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

Exceptional experience on a hot summer’s day!

Thank you Jess (our guide at the time) for introducing us to Cambridge in the most perfect way. Was truly an amazing time and could not fault it!

Cambridge Guided Punt: 45-Minute Shared Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/09/2019

Relaxing way to get a good idea of what’s around

Really enjoyed this trip!! Was just the right amount of information and a chilled way of seeing what there is around! Would recommend!

Cambridge Guided Punt: 45-Minute Shared Tour Reviewed by Victoria, 05/27/2019

Insightful tour to learn about Cambridge from an alumni

Our guide Maria was amazing and gave very insightful account of the history and highlights of the university and student lives. Good at keeping the group together and making sure everyone was well looked after.

Cambridge: Punting and Walking Tour Reviewed by Boon chuan, 04/22/2019

Maria and Pip were wonderful, informative guides.

The walking tour with Maria was very informative and interesting- telling us the history, the quirky traditions and everyday life of students. Pip was our guide on the punt, telling us even more about the history of the colleges. The punt was a great way to relax after the walk. Perfect afternoon and great value.

Cambridge: Punting and Walking Tour Reviewed by Christina, 02/24/2019

We had one day in Cambridge and our tour with Libby was great!

We were in Cambridge with a group of US college students taking a Medical History course. Libby did a wonderful job of modifying her conversation a bit to include things of interest to our group. Thank you Libby!

Cambridge University and City Highlights Walking Tour Reviewed by Winnifred, 01/28/2019