With the great British staycation set to be huge again this year, we’re expecting many visitors to make their way to Cambridge this spring and summer.
Cambridge is after all the ultimate city break, whether you’re looking to stay for the weekend or even longer. There is tons to do and see, but it’s not just the city’s great attractions that will keep you occupied during your Cambridge staycation.
The city is packed full of fabulous experiences, and they’ll keep people of all ages and with all interests thoroughly entertained.
Here we provide a rundown of the very best Cambridge-based experiences so you can plan your staycation itinerary in style!
For a quintessentially British afternoon
Just a short stroll, bike ride or punt away, you’ll find Grantchester and one of the very best afternoon tea experiences in all of Cambridgeshire as CambridgeshireLive details:
“Situated in picturesque Grantchester, just a stone’s throw away from the river, lies The Orchard Tea Gardens. An idyllic little spot, perfect for whiling away a few hours in the sun, sampling some of the finest cakes, scones and teatime treats the county has to offer.
Customers can enjoy a lavish spread including, scones with jam and cream, freshly-cut finger sandwiches, and an assortment of mini cakes.”
The historic Orchard Tea Garden was once the stomping ground of the world’s greatest minds. Poet Rupert Brooke, author Virginia Woolf, economist Maynard Keynes, the philosophers Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein, inventor Alan Turing – father of nuclear physics Ernest Rutherford, DNA discoverers Crick and Watson, Professor Stephen Hawking, astronomer Jocelyn Bell, and HRH Prince Charles have all dined here.
Discover The Orchard’s fascinating history and its delicious selection of cream teas – The Virginia Woolf Tea is a favourite – on your trip to Cambridge.
For pure indulgence
The Glassworks in Cambridge is a health and wellness experience like no other. Indulge your body, mind, and soul courtesy of its top-rated facilities.
These include a Jacuzzi, sauna, herbal steam room, dedicated treatment rooms, state-of-the-art gym, and stunning panoramic restaurant all with beautiful riverside views.
The treatment menu is also very comprehensive, with facials, massages (including sports massage), and waxing being just some of their specialities. Choose from several spa days and packages, and enjoy pure indulgence during your staycation.
For a bird’s eye view
See Cambridge from above thanks to the many thrill-seeking experiences on offer around the city.
Take your day at IWM Duxford to new heights. The renowned aviation museum offers several classic flight experiences, including rides in their iconic Supermarine Spitfire, famous open cockpit Tiger Moth, and beautiful Harvard aircraft. They also run sightseeing tours of Cambridge and London in their beautiful art deco De Havilland Dragon Rapide.
Looking for an experience that’s even more daring? Head to Chatteris Airfield for a spot of skydiving. They run regular skydiving courses as well as tandem freefall experiences from 10,000 feet.
There’s also an opportunity to go it alone and enjoy the ultimate adrenaline rush thanks to their Level 1 Accelerated Freefall (AFF) skydiving course.
As well as enjoying the experience of a lifetime, a skydive offers prime views of the magnificent countryside that surrounds the city of Cambridge.
For wine enthusiasts
English regional wine has made quite the name for itself in recent years, and there’s one estate in Cambridgeshire that’s been at the very forefront of the industry.
Chilford Hall Vineyard has become well known for its clean flavours, fruity bodies and great acidity, so much so that it has won countless awards and accolades.
Visit one of England’s oldest and most established vineyards, enjoy fabulous views across the Cambridgeshire downs and sample their award-winning wines.
For gin lovers
If gin is more your thing, be sure to visit Cambridge Distillery on your upcoming trip. This gin laboratory is an interactive experience that’s made for gin lovers.
Let the Cambridge Distillery team take you through the fascinating history of gin production, learn how to taste like a pro, use these newly acquired skills to taste their award-winning gin range, and even blend your own gin with help from the experts.
For sightseeing with a twist
As any local will tell you, there’s no better way to see Cambridge than by punt, especially during the glorious spring and summer months. Cambridge hosts countless punting tours to showcase the city’s sights in an entirely different, more romantic way.
Visitors staying with us will get to experience punting for FREE, simply contact our office to book your very own punting experience.
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