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    Why we love Cambridge

    A hub for innovation and creativity housing the University of Cambridge, an institution dating back more than 800 years, the city of Cambridge is a hotbed of history and architecture. Take a punt on the River Cam to see the city from a unique perspective, or test your balancing skills on a stand-up paddle board for an adventurous way to see the sights. Create lasting memories exploring idyllic Cambridge - get into hustle and bustle of the city’s ever-changing market stalls, pick up tasty international street food, and climb up St Mary’s Church for panoramic views of Cambridge and beyond. 

    Things to do in Cambridge

    No trip to Cambridge is complete without a punting trip on the River Cam – so hop aboard!

    Book your punting trip on the River Cam
    View of college in Cambridge with people punting on River
    Punting on the River Cam

    In the Theory of Everything film, St John’s College doubled as Trinity Hall, where Professor Stephen Hawking studied.

    Explore St John’s College
    Two people sitting in an archway outside landmark building
    Cambridge University – The Theory of Everything

    Over 8,000 species spread across 40 acres of beautiful gardens and glasshouses in the centre of Cambridge offer year-round interest and inspiration to visitors of all ages.

    Visit Cambridge University Botanic Garden
    Cambridge University Botanic Garden
    Cambridge University Botanic Garden

    Fancy some retail therapy? Head to Green Street, which runs between Trinity College and Sidney Sussex College.

    Get to know Green Street
    Green Street
    Green Street

    Featuring over 500,000 artworks and artefacts from around the world, this university museum is a joy to explore.

    Book your tickets for The Fitzwilliam Museum
    Rear view of man standing looking at portraits in a gallery
    The Fitzwilliam Museum

    No trip to Cambridge is complete without a punting trip on the River Cam – so hop aboard!

    Book your punting trip on the River Cam
    View of college in Cambridge with people punting on River
    Punting on the River Cam

    In the Theory of Everything film, St John’s College doubled as Trinity Hall, where Professor Stephen Hawking studied.

    Explore St John’s College
    Two people sitting in an archway outside landmark building
    Cambridge University – The Theory of Everything

    Over 8,000 species spread across 40 acres of beautiful gardens and glasshouses in the centre of Cambridge offer year-round interest and inspiration to visitors of all ages.

    Visit Cambridge University Botanic Garden
    Cambridge University Botanic Garden
    Cambridge University Botanic Garden

    Fancy some retail therapy? Head to Green Street, which runs between Trinity College and Sidney Sussex College.

    Get to know Green Street
    Green Street
    Green Street

    Featuring over 500,000 artworks and artefacts from around the world, this university museum is a joy to explore.

    Book your tickets for The Fitzwilliam Museum
    Rear view of man standing looking at portraits in a gallery
    The Fitzwilliam Museum

    Places to stay in Cambridge

    Romsey

    A trendy enclave packed with cool cafés and interesting shops, a hang out for those who love independent gems, and hip places, vintage dens and proper coffee.

    Round Church Street

    Close to all the main sights, this residential area is just a short walk from the city centre.

    City Centre

    The beating heart of the city, home to many famous colleges, as well as museums, shops and restaurants.  

    Explore nearby

    An unmissable destination for travellers, London is a melting pot of history, culture and green spaces.

    Picadilly Circus underground station

    The Broads is a breath of fresh air, beautifully webbed with lakes, fens and rivers.

    Familydayboatfeedswans2, Norfolk Broads

    Just an hour by train from London and you’re in the city of dreaming spires.

    Two boys playing on a path in front of a palace

    Suffolk’s foodie town offers more than its tantalising flavours, from its historic ruins of Abbey St Edmund to stunning parklands.

    St. Edmundsbury Cathedral and Ruins of Abbey in the summer

    Getting to Cambridge

    Cambridge is highly accessible by road and rail. The faster trains from London King’s Cross to Cambridge take around 50 minutes, hourly services from London Liverpool Street take slightly longer. The city is 30 miles from Stanstead Airport which serves more than 140 global destinations and is two hours by train from London Luton Airport.

    If you’re travelling through Cambridgeshire, join the longest Busway in the World on the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway which connects Cambridge with surrounding areas such as St Ives, Huntingdon and Trumpington.

    Getting around

    Once you’re in Cambridge, the best way to explore is on foot, although there are a wealth of reliable public transport options too. If you decided to see the spectacular Ely Cathedral, trains north from Cambridge to Ely take 15-20 minutes. For an alternative way to see the iconic university and its striking architecture, hop aboard a hire punt along the River Cam, choose a chauffeured tour or try your hand at punting. 

    By bus

    Stagecoach East provides regular services in central Cambridge and to the surrounding towns and villages.

    By bike

    If you want to discover the city at your own pace or see places to visit near Cambridge, the city has several bike hire companies and cycle tour options.

    By foot

    Cambridge’s main attractions and things to do can all be easily explored by foot, and several companies offer guided walking tours.

    Want to know more?

    Head to VisitCambridge for insider tips from those in the know.