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.
Visit Cambridge have shared their top five things to see and do this summer:
Brand new hotels are opening
Just in time for the great British summer holiday, visitors can check in to one of Cambridge’s two brand new properties. Just opened (as of 1 July), The Fellows House Cambridge, within the Curio Collection by Hilton, is an apartment-style hotel featuring unique pieces of artwork and sculptures, all designed locally in Cambridge. In keeping with its location just a short walk from the city centre, each room type is named after people associated with the city and notable Cambridge fellows.
Meanwhile in the heart of the city, Graduate Cambridge is a boutique pet-friendly hotel inspired by the prestigious University of Cambridge, featuring classical nods to college architecture and notable alumni, which will open this summer. Guests will be able to kick back and watch the world go by on the banks of the River Cam from the Garden House restaurant and riverside terrace, or explore the city and surrounding countryside on two wheels using the complimentary bikes.
Indulge in al fresco dining at Cambridge’s best outdoor eateries
Visitors are spoilt for choice with alfresco dining options in Cambridge this summer. The Varsity Hotel rooftop baroffers spectacular panoramic views over the Cambridge skyline and is one of the most stylish spots in the city to enjoy drinks with friends. The modern terrace offers tempting cocktails including lychee and passion fruit martini’s, blushing Russians and refreshing G&T’s to accompany its summer BBQ fare. For something a little more casual, enjoy a relaxing riverside pint at the Granta Pub, coupled nicely with a sumptuous Sunday roast or classic fish and chips in the pub’s large outdoor area situated on the River Cam. Alternatively, head to The Mill, an iconic waterside pub to sip on Pimms on the green lawn opposite and watch the punters float by. To cool off, pay a visit to Jacks Gelato, a popular ice cream shop in the city, to grab a gelato treat while exploring the city’s sights.
Check out the Cows about Cambridge art trail
Have you herd the moos? Cows about Cambridge, a spectacular public art event has been weaving its way across the city of Cambridge since 28 June. Running until 4 September 2021, 90 cow sculptures have been placed in Cambridge’s streets, parks and open spaces, creating a fun, free of charge and family-friendly art trail for the public to explore and enjoy. Inspired by the rare Red Poll cattle breed, which in the warmer months can be found grazing on Midsummer Common, the Cows About Cambridge trail features sculptures designed by local artists, schools and community groups. Visitors can follow the trail using the mobile app, unlocking rewards and counting their steps as they go or by using the trail map which can be downloaded online or picked up from various locations around the city.
Take to the water and punt down the iconic River Cam
What could be more quintessentially English than punting? This age-old tradition, dating back to the mid-1800s, offers unrivalled views of the historic city from its magical waterways, bookable through a number of companies including Scudamore’s and Rutherford’s. The punts can be privately hired, but for those wishing to kick back and relax there are an abundance of packages to choose from, including leisurely Champagne, afternoon tea or gin punting tours, as well as chauffeured college tours that unlock the history of the backwaters. For something a little different, the river can be navigated by stand-up paddle boards or kayaks, meaning everyone can get out on the water this summer.
Explore the best scenic routes in Cambridge via foot or on two wheels
With a network of cycling and walking routes throughout the city and its surrounding countryside, visitors can explore all that Cambridge has to offer by foot or by bike. A number of hotels offer bike rentals to guests, including The University Arms and The Gonville Hotel, making it easy for visitors to get out and about. One of the most scenic routes is the circular city footpath leading through The Backs, which offers the iconic view of King’s College and its Chapel. From here, walkers and cyclists can explore many more charming green areas and marvel at the iconic bridges along the river, including the wooden Mathematical Bridge and Bridge of Sighs at St John’s College. Visitors who want to enjoy a longer stroll, perhaps accompanied by a furry friend, can walk to Grantchester, a picturesque village along the River Cam. The dog-friendly Orchard Tea Garden situated in Grantchester Meadows, offers the perfect place for a break to enjoy classic tea and scones before exploring the nearby orchard which dates back to 1868.
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