Quintessentially Cambridge: 5 Things to See and Do
Cambridge is a beautiful place with a variety of iconic activities that are charmingly unique to this historical city. Whether rain or shine, there’s something educational, inspiring or fun to do, and here are 5 of our favourites.
Punting is the ideal way to see the riverside colleges and Cambridge sights in both comfort and style. Be chauffeured down the beautiful River Cam by knowledgeable and friendly guides, or try your hand at rowing the boat yourself! It’s an ideal activity to enjoy with friends and family for both tourists and locals, and is best enjoyed on a sunny day.
Check out some great independently owned punting businesses such as Scholar’s Punting, Let’s Go Punting, Rutherford’s Punting, and the Cambridge Punt Company.
The university is the heart of Cambridge’s city centre, with the world-famous sites providing a historical reminder of the prevalent student community. Take a stroll through the iconic university grounds with a knowledgeable student or graduate as your guide.
You can expect to see some of the world’s most famous colleges, such as Clare College and Trinity College, and immerse yourself in the character and charm of the second oldest university in the English-speaking world.
Learn more and book your tour here: https://www.visitcambridge.org/official-tours
Spanning 25 acres of lush green grass, Parker’s Piece is located near the centre of Cambridge and is regarded as the birthplace of the rules of football.
The Cambridge University Football Club’s rules were adopted by the Football Association in 1863, and Parker’s Piece has ever since been established as a splendid spot for football, cricket and picnics.
Housing a world-renowned collection of over half a million beautiful works of art, masterpiece paintings and historical artefacts, the Fitzwilliam is free to visit and is an excellent choice for a day of marvelling at objects from all around the world.
Cambridge Gin Laboratory
The Gin Laboratory is an interactive space that celebrates and is dedicated to all things gin. The lab capture the history of gin, and harmoniously combine fresh botanicals with expert science to produce perfectly flavoured tipples.
Visit the distillery to make your own beautifully personalised batches of gin, learn the history and mysteries of gin production in the Classroom or visit the Tasting Room or Shop.
Cambridge – Flying the Purple Flag
The Purple Flag working group work on a number of initiatives across the nighttime economy, including the following which are designed to keep us all safe on a night out: Taxi Marshals – Providing professionally trained licensed Taxi Marshals on key dates throughout the year helps to ensure people get home swiftly and safely after… View Article
Be Our Guest
University Arms University Arms is a landmark hotel located in the historic heart of Cambridge, overlooking Parker’s Piece. Since opening in 1834, the University Arms hotel has played an important role in the history of the city. In 1848, in the shadows of the hotel the defining rules of football were invented by locals playing… View Article
Street Vendors Whether you arrive by bus, train, car, or bicycle there’s a strong chance you will see a street food vendor within the first few minutes of your arrival. There is so much choice from this fun, affordable food option. There are Tacos, falafel, burgers, hotdogs, crepes, ice cream, traditional Indian food and much… View Article
Bags of Style…
Cambridge is spoilt for choice when it comes to unique gifts which can be found in one of the many independent boutiques that you will find spread throughout the city. Head to the historic centre to find those special gifts for your loved ones. Stroll down Rose Crescent and Trinity Street, Magdalene Street, Bridge Street… View Article
48 Hours in Cambridge
Friday Afternoon 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… View Article
FIRST STOP, SHOPPING! From independent boutiques to big-name brands, you’ll find something for everyone here in Cambridge. Not only are you spoilt for choice with the Grafton, Lion Yard and Grand Arcade, but this city is also home to hundreds of high street stores. And for those with temporary or permanent mobility issues, Shop Mobility is a free-of-charge service that… View Article
Family friendly activities for £10 or less in Cambridge this summer
The Cambridge Book Bench Trail Explore every nook and cranny of our wonderful city as you follow the trail to discover 12 completely unique book benches across Cambridge from the historic core to shopping centres and parks. This summer Cambridge BID in partnership with Wild in Art has installed 12 individually designed Book Benches across… View Article
Dog Friendly Cambridge
Park and Ride Accessing the city with your pooch has never been easier with the network of Park & Ride buses allowing you to travel with your dog for free (however, they will need to sit on the floor). Buses run from five sites across the city, and tickets cost as little as £3 return… View Article
Top five things to see and do in Cambridge this summer
This summer, the historic city of Cambridge invites holidaymakers to venture along its quaint streets to discover brand new boutique accommodations, exciting attractions and unrivalled al fresco dining throughout the charming city centreand its lush green spaces beyond.