Cambridge is a well-known destination for staycationing couples and solo travellers, but it’s also the perfect place to spend time together as a family as TripAdvisor details:
“Cambridge is a great destination to bring the family for a day out. The centre is compact, and there are easily accessible green spaces to let the kids run free and let off some steam. There are also loads of activities to choose from, including cycling and punting on the river, while the architecture and atmosphere of the many historic college buildings is sure to inspire all ages.”
Those staying a little longer for a weekend break or week-long holiday will love the vast range of child-friendly attractions and activities dotted in and around the city. Here we reveal 8 of the best Cambridge attractions and activities to inspire your little ones…
1. The Cambridge Treasure Hunt Trail
Make the most of the glorious summer weather with the Cambridge Treasure Hunt Trail. This self-guided, themed trail offers fun for all the family with a unique interactive tour for the children and an opportunity to marvel at some of the city’s best sightseeing spots for the adults.
The trail takes you across the North of the city centre along the picturesque River Cam to provide two and a half hours of fun along its 2-mile-long route. You’ll solve clues and discover so much more about Cambridge every step of the way.
Download or request your treasure map here.
2. The Museum of Cambridge
This independent museum may be a little smaller than the more popular University Museums but its size offers a digestible, interesting take on local history. Enjoy permanent exhibits and a range of family-friendly activities at the Museum of Cambridge, including their fun-filled busy boxes, traditional games and themed trails.
The museum hosts ‘Fab Family Fridays’ on most Fridays, which is perfect for under 5s. Children aged 12 and under also go free from Thursday to Sunday.
3. Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Cambridge University Botanic Garden offers another opportunity to get outdoors in one of the city’s most spectacular green spaces. It’s an oasis of gardens and glasshouses as well as more than 8,000 plant species. The beauty of the garden is certain to be enjoyed by people of all ages.
4. Jesus Green Pool
Take a dip in the middle of the city with a trip to Jesus Green Pool. The lido is one of the longest outdoor pools in the UK, giving you and your little ones plenty of space to splash around, cool down and practise your swimming skills on those warm summer days.
The grassy and paved areas around the pool are perfect for relaxing too, so why not pack a picnic and make a day of it!
5. Cambridge Science Centre
Expand your and your child’s minds with a visit to Cambridge Science Centre. Whilst a great day out for all ages, the centre is made for children providing an interactive, hands-on experience as well as special, child-friendly exhibits, events, and activities. It’s educational and fun, and could just inspire the next generation of scientists!
6. Clip ‘N Climb Cambridge
Suitable for children (and big kids) aged 4 and upwards, Clip ‘N Climb is a great introduction to climbing for people of all ages and abilities as well as experienced climbers. The centre has several zones making it a varied, action-packed, fun day out for all the family.
7. Shepreth Wildlife Park
Take a walk on the wild side at Shepreth Wildlife Park in nearby Royston. Based just 20 minutes away by car from Cambridge city centre, Shepreth Wildlife Park is a top-rated experience that’s perfect for families.
Marvel at the magnificent Sumatran tiger, glimpse the rare Scottish wildcat, prowl with the maned wolf, and keep watch with the park’s resident meerkats as well as see countless other animal species.
8. Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre
For animals that are a little less exotic, visit Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre in Peterborough. It’s a great place to explore, experience and enjoy with lots of animals to meet and outdoor (and indoor) spaces to discover. The farm is also home to a huge soft play centre and a historic 18th-century watermill.
Team your family-friendly itinerary with family-friendly accommodation to ensure the perfect staycation for all. Check out our family staycation package or discover more reasons to take a staycation, such as why serviced apartments make the ideal home away from home for families.
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