48 Hours in Cambridge
Wondering how to spend a weekend in Cambridge, here’s some itinerary inspiration for packing the best of the city into your two-day stay.
Upon arrival, why not stop at one of the local cafes and treat yourself to a cuppa (or something stronger!) while you wait for your hotel to be ready. If you arrive by train, you can jump in a cab or hop on a bus if you don’t fancy the 10-minute stroll into the city centre.
After you haver checked in, its time to hit the river! Pick up a bottle of something nice from Cambridge Wine Merchants then make your way to either Mill Lane or Quayside punt stations to jump aboard a boat. You can kick back and enjoy a tour of The Back taking in iconic sights such as Kings College Chapel, Bridge of Sighs and the Mathematical Bridge to name but a few.
So much choice, but for a nice bite to eat and watch the world go by, why not try The Senate, located on St Marys Passage, opposite Great St Marys Church and close to the famous Kings Parade, where people mill about enjoying the sights into the evening.
If you fancy a nightcap and the weather permits, head to The Varsity Hotel Roof Top Terrace for one of the best views across the city.
After a leisurely hotel breakfast, its time to get out and enjoy the city. From the medieval Round Church to the Corpus Clock, there’s plenty to see. You can join a guided tour who will expertly take you through the best sites or you can go at your own pace.
Be sure to make time to visit the museums in between lunch and coffee stops. The Fitzwilliam Museum on Trumpington Street is the largest in the city and offers a vast collection of antiquities. For more information on what you can find in Cambridge museums visit pages 6 & 7.
If you still have energy after exploring all day, the head out for dinner and drinks. Depending on what you are looking for, the offer is exceptional across the city. Stroll through the city towards the station and you will find all cuisines & budgets catered for. Finish the night at Novi or The Lab for a fancy cocktail or if you are a gin fan, the Cambridge Gin Lab offers various experiences for you to enjoy.
Once you’ve filled up, you’re ready to hit the shops! Independent shopping is a real treat, from clothes to food to accessories and much more you are very much spoilt for choice. And don’t forget to visit the market which on Sundays is jam packed with local produce.
If it’s a Sunday roast you are looking for then one of the many pubs can help you out. The Pint Shop, Cambridge Brew House and Mill Works are firm favourites. If you were after something smaller then why not try Aromi, Signorelli’s or La Raza for some small bites.
Its time to make your way home, but don’t forget to grab some sweet treats for the journey home. Stop off at Hill’s, Hotel Chocolat or Chocolat Chocolat for those last-minute gifts for loved ones (and yourself!)
For more inspiration on what to do whilst spending time in Cambridge head to visitcambridge.org
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