Whether you’re travelling to Cambridge and staying with us for work or leisure, living like a local is a must when coming to our fair city. Cambridge is a quintessentially British destination that’s packed full of tradition. However, the city is so much more than its world-class university, an institution that is one of the oldest and most iconic thanks to its long list of exceptional alumni.
Cambridge is home to a number of great local activities and attractions. Be sure to include the following in your itinerary and take in this historical and truly vibrant city in all its glory. Let’s explore some of the very best of what Cambridge has to offer below.
1. Enjoy Cambridge’s green spaces
Green space is abundant in Cambridge. Even its city centre is bursting with nature from season to season. Cambridge’s parks and green spaces are loved by locals and should be enjoyed by you on your upcoming trip.
Jesus Green is the city’s most central and iconic green space. Situated close to Jesus College and on the banks of the River Cam, Jesus Green offers a number of leafy places to sit back and enjoy the understated side of this famous city.
Journey just south of Cambridge and you’ll discover Wandlebury Country Park. Here’s why you should take a trip to explore the city’s original country park:
“With views as far as Ely, the countryside estate offers more than eight miles of wonderful walks through mature woodland and wildflower meadows grazed by Highland Cattle.
A large part of the park is on the remains of a circular historic Iron Age Hillfort – a Scheduled Ancient Monument steeped in myth and legend. Visitors say there is always something to do at Wandlebury – it boasts a beautiful setting for a picnic or a BBQ, to watch wildlife, build a den, have a gentle stroll or a strenuous hike.”
2. Mess about on the river
You can’t mention authentic experiences in Cambridge without giving a nod to the time-served tradition that the city is known for. Punting is a must-do activity when visiting Cambridge. Even if you’re coming to the city during the colder months, punting provides the best view of Cambridge’s famous landmarks and hidden highlights. Find out more about the history of punting and appreciate the fascinating heritage of this traditional art just in time for your trip.
3. Eat and drink like a local
Cambridge is known and loved for its locally sourced produce, and as a result, you’ll find so many great places to eat and drink in the heart of the city. When travelling to any city, experiencing the real taste of the destination comes down to its food, and you can enjoy a number of Cambridge classics by eating and drinking like a local.
You can experience Cambridge’s pubs, eateries, fish and chip shops, street food stalls, speciality shops, and delis, and taste the best food that the city has to offer by taking this award-winning Cambridge Food Tour. Run by local foodies, the tour takes you off the beaten track to sample some of the most delicious food and drink from independent suppliers.
4. Simply take a stroll
The best sights in Cambridge can be seen by punt, but if you don’t fancy taking to the river in this miserable weather, digging out your walking shoes is the next best option. The grounds of the University of Cambridge are a great place to begin.
Stay out of the rain, wind, and cold by dropping into St Peter’s Chapel, St Mary the Great and King’s College Chapel, which are thought to be the most beautiful churches and chapels in the country.
5. Spend the day at a museum
Cambridge’s museums aren’t just a favourite with visitors, they’re loved by locals too. A visit to one of the city’s many museums is a part of Cambridge life, and with 18 to explore, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Each Cambridge museum has its own niche and provides a fascinating way to spend the day.
We hope you found inspiration for your next adventure in Cambridge. Discover more authentic experiences to enjoy on a rainy day in Cambridge.