Even if the vast majority of those foreign destinations on your bucket list are still no-go zones, indulging your love of travel can resume as planned this summer.
The UK is full of fantastic destinations to explore, each one as captivating and interesting as the next.
In a bid to make up for all those lost holidays, many people are forgoing their big, annual holiday in favour of a few carefully planned weekend breaks.
As well as offering a chance to discover something new on your home turf, a UK weekend break provides the chance to hit reset and resume normal life with a spring in your step.
In fact, recent research found that indulging in a weekend break left travellers just as refreshed and raring to go as taking an extended holiday, meaning weekend breaks are great for your health too.
Ease yourself back into the holiday scene with a weekend break in Cambridge and see all there is to see using the following itinerary.
Your long weekend in Cambridge starts right here. What better way to become accustomed to the Cambridge way of life than with a self-guided tour of its famous and utterly picturesque city centre.
Begin your journey of discovery by getting the lay of the land with a visit to the University Church of Great St Mary’s, which also doubles as the official centre of Cambridge, as The Telegraph explains:
“The University Church of Great St Mary’s has a tower that can be climbed. Partway up, you pass the chamber for the peal of 12 bells (plus a semitone). Gratefully, you emerge at the top to enjoy a 360-degree view.
This 114-foot vantage point is a great place to survey the architecture of King’s College across the road, and to spot the thousand-year-old Saxon tower of St. Bene’t’s Church, the oldest surviving building in Cambridge.”
After taking in this delightful view from the top, explore some of the city’s most famous and beautiful green spaces with a wander through Christ’s Pieces, Jesus Green, and Midsummer Common. Before stopping off for dinner and a stunning riverside view at Michelin starred eatery Midsummer House.
If fine dining is your thing, you’ll want to check out Cambridge’s top Michelin starred restaurants too.
Start your Saturday with yet more sightseeing, this time in the city’s world-famous university grounds.
There’s lots to see, but you’ll be pleased to know that the entire city, including its university, is very compact and easy to explore on foot.
When exploring Trinity College, King’s College, Corpus Christi College (don’t forget to keep an eye out for The Corpus Clock), and the rest of Cambridge University’s extensive buildings and architectural highlights, you’ll be walking the same routes as its renowned alumni. Sir Isaac Newton, C.S. Lewis, Stephen Hawking, and Prince Charles have all studied here.
A tour will give you a student’s eye view with a difference, as well as a chance to explore all the interesting nooks and crannies in between.
Finish your day of sightseeing by heading back to the river for a spot of punting. No trip to Cambridge would be complete without it!
As the day of rest, give your feet a break by hiring a bike for the day. As a cyclist’s dream, complete with plenty of cycle lanes, you’ll be able to explore the city a little further with complete ease.
Travel by bike to one of the University’s many, free to enter museums and spend the morning admiring the city’s carefully curated curiosities.
After lunch, ride over the historic Magdalene Bridge to another favourite, Kettle’s Yard, an unusual yet inspiring contemporary art gallery with the most remarkable collections.
Finish your weekend back in nature by visiting Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Its collection of some 8,000 plant species and its beautifully designed and landscaped gardens are a feast for all the senses.
Make a weekend of it with Citystay
If this itinerary has whetted your appetite for a Cambridge staycation, make a weekend of it by staying with us.
Our Long Weekend in the City staycation package is the perfect choice for those looking to see the very best of Cambridge and all the fabulous attractions, activities and experiences mentioned above.
Our 3-night stay gives you an extra day to spend in Cambridge as well as complimentary bathrobes, prosecco, chocolates, and Sky Movies on Demand!