Whether you’re visiting for work or pleasure, Cambridge is an excellent destination to enjoy quintessential British life. With a rich history and heritage, not to mention its famous university, Cambridge doesn’t just stun architecturally. The city’s character, charm, and culture are undeniably enjoyable, and we’re sure you’ll want to stay a little longer than your planned break.
As you’ll discover there’s plenty to do and see in Cambridge. Here are the top things that should be on your Cambridge bucket list.
Mess about on the river
The ultimate authentic experience for out-of-towners, punting is one local pastime that you’d be crazy to miss on your trip to Cambridge. As the city is split by the River Cam, you can enjoy some of the best views of Cambridge by travelling by punt.
In the spring and summer months, in particular, punting is a great way to meander through the stunning green spaces and grand buildings that the city is known and loved for.
Punting is also a great way to brush up on your local history, with guided punt tours insightful and interesting.
Enjoy lush greenery at the heart of the city
With some 40 acres of lush greenery to explore, Cambridge’s Botanic Gardens may offer just a slice of the region’s natural beauty but it’s a brilliant way to spend the day.
Owned by Cambridge University, the gardens offer a maze of striking foliage and showcase more than 8,000 plant species. The Botanic Gardens are simply a beautiful place full of interesting plant life. They also host regular events, activities, and workshops.
Become a Cambridge student for the day
There’s a big thing Cambridge is world-renowned for and that’s its university. Cambridge University provides a real treat for history lovers, architecture admirers or just fans of the city. As one of the oldest universities on the planet, it has a rich history that has to be explored on any Cambridge trip.
Cambridge University’s museums (it has nine museums and collections to explore, including the famous Fitzwilliam Museum and Scott Polar Research Institute Museum), college chapels, and most of its colleges are open to visitors all year round meaning you can experience student life at this iconic institution.
Make sure you check out the stunning King’s College and Chapel, the more intimate Queen’s College, Pembroke College’s peaceful gardens, St John’s College’s great view of the Bridge of Sighs, The Backs, and Corpus Christi College’s famous clock.
Hit the streets of Cambridge by bike
Another method of transport Cambridge is known for is cycling. The best of the city can be seen by bike. It’s a cyclist’s paradise, whether you are an experienced cyclist or a newbie. Venturing just outside the city will also reveal more of Cambridgeshire’s delights as Cycling UK details:
“Around Cambridge are endless flat fens, a landscape of big skies, long straight – often blustery – roads, farmland, drainage channels, and quiet towns and villages. The route through Wicken Fen (part of NCN11) is a place to bring your binoculars and look for watery wildlife. NCN11 will take you from Cambridge to Ely, with its historic cathedral and attractive watersides.”
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