10 amazing things do in Cambridge

Thursday 19 June 2014

Cambridge is one of those city names that you’ve probably heard of and automatically think of the famous university. But there is more to this historical city - we put together a list of the top 10 things to make sure you see and do while in the 'city of perspiring dreams' (yes it’s really called that)!

1. Have a park picnic

Cambridge is very well known for its green spaces. There are so many different parks that you can choose from and none of them will disappoint on a sunny day. So pack up a lunch, take your pick, and soak up some rays.

Jesus Green, Cambridge, England

2. Go on a punting tour

Punting is a traditional Cambridge pastime. When you take a punting tour you’ll get to see famous landmarks like the Bridge of Sighs, all while relaxing and floating down the River Cam.

Bridge of Sighs and St John's College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England

3. Visit the university grounds

The University of Cambridge is made up of 31 colleges. As one of the most famous universities in the world, the university grounds are not to be missed. The best way to see everything is to put on some walking shoes and take a walking tour.

Lawn within the grounds of King's College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England

4. Have a drink in a pub

Sit down, enjoy a pint, and grab some pub grub. Cambridge is full of pubs just waiting for you to come and enjoy. Where else can you visit the same spots that famous Cambridge scholars also enjoyed a tipple?

5. Stay in a college dorm

Staying in one of the college rooms during student holidays is a unique way to spend your time in Cambridge. When you stay in one of the historic rooms you can breakfast in the grand college dining room, stroll the grounds, and you’ll be located right in the city centre!

6. Visit the churches and chapels

Cambridge is home to some of England’s most beautiful churches and chapels. St Peter’s Chapel is the smallest church in Cambridge and dates back to the 12th century. St Mary the Great is known as the university church and all distances in Cambridge are measured from its location. And of course don’t miss King’s College Chapel which is a true masterpiece of English craftsmanship.

Kings college chapel, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.

7. Go on the Cambridge food tour

This walking tour will introduce you to some of Cambridge’s best places for all things food. The tour includes pubs, fish-and-chip shops, delis and speciality shops, and you can set up your tour to fit your tastes perfectly.

Origin Deli, Cambridge, England

8. Go shopping

Cambridge is a great place to go shopping. Whether you’re looking for high street brands, local markets or bohemian boutiques, this compact city has you covered. No matter what your tastes are there is somewhere for you to browse.

9. See the Buskers and Street Performers Festival

Buskers are a fun part of English culture. Over a 3-day period in September, spread throughout the city, buskers are invited to participate in a competition for best performer as voted by the public. Take a stroll through the city streets and enjoy the music!

10. Spend the day at a museum

Cambridge is home to many diverse museums. Head to the Fitzwilliam Museum where you can see more than half a million works of art, or check out the Museum of Cambridge, set in a 17th-century building where you can learn all about the city. Or maybe spend some time at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology where you can see world-class art and artefacts from all over the world.

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