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10 Things to Do in Cambridge

Long hailed as one of the most prestigious university towns any student could dream to live in, Cambridge is a mainstay in the history of education in the United Kingdom. Visiting Cambridge might make you feel scholarly purely by association. While you're in town, take a tour of some of the top spots.

University of Cambridge

No visit to Cambridge would be complete without stopping by the university itself. The school is the second oldest English speaking university and was founded in 1209. The grounds are as impressive as the history they contain.

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Fitzwilliam Museum

Art historians will find some treasures from many time periods at the Fitzwilliam Museum. Those who know the Turner prize will be pleased to find many of Turner's works here. Plus, admission is free.

Cambridge University Botanical Garden

Horticulturalists will be enthusiastic to see the variety of flora and fauna found at the Cambridge University Botanical Garden. As the seasons change, so do the offerings of the garden.

Anglesey Abbey

The former priory is now open to the public. You can take a strolls in the garden, admire the 98 acre grounds and estate, and of course, visit the Abbey itself.

The Backs

A perfect spot for a picnic, the Backs is the name given to the riverbanks east of Queen's Road. The Backs are a scenic spot to stop and contemplate your application to Cambridge University, or life in general.

Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences

The Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences specializes in geology. Courtesy of doctor John Woodward, visitors can see over 10,000 specimens that he collected over 35 years.

Museum of Cambridge

If you're interested in the illustrious history of Cambridge, make sure to visit the Museum of Cambridge. The exhibitions are set in a well preserved 17th century house that frames the collection well.

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Kettle's Yard

The Kettle's Yard is an art gallery located inside the former home of the Ede family. The works in the space are from the permanent collection amassed by John and Helen Ede while they lived in Cambridge.

Ely Cathedral

The Ely Cathedral is hard to miss due to its prominent placement on an otherwise flat landscape. Make sure to take in the Purbeck marble that decorates the structure.

Church of St Mary the Great

Dating back to the 13th century, the Church of St Mary the Great is part of the Church of England and is affiliated with Cambridge University and acts as the official university church. As always when visiting churches, be respectful of ongoing services.

Planning Your Cambridge Visit

How to Get Around Cambridge?

As a student town, there are large areas of Cambridge that are easily walkable. You can also bike around or take local buses. Taxis and trains are available at your convenience too.

What is the weather in Cambridge like?

Unsurprisingly, the warmest summer month is August. You'll find the most rain in December and the coldest temperatures in January. Generally, the whole summer is pleasant even though winters can be quite cold.

Good to Know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    British Pound (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +44
  • Best time to visit
    The best time to visit Cambridge depends on your itinerary. If you want to see the university in full swing, the fall and spring semesters are best. If you're more interested in sightseeing and enjoying a sunny stroll or two, you're better off visiting in summer.

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What People Are Saying About Cambridge

nice tour on the river Cam, especially the storys the guide told us!

Nice tour on the river, the guide could tell nice storys about things that happened in the past. Nice boats, complete for bad weather as well (with blankets and umbrellas).

Cambridge Guided Punt: 45-Minute Shared Tour Reviewed by Monique, 09/19/2016

The best way to get an overview of the city

My friends and I had a most enjoyable time - online booking was easy, the bus driver was courteous and friendly and the commentary was most informative - all in all a fascinating trip

Cambridge Hop-on Hop-off Tour - 24h Ticket Reviewed by Roberta, 10/20/2015

Enthusiastic Cambridge U. student led fun, informative 1.5 hour walkin

Our guide, Saskia, was knowledgable, personable, and prompt. she led us though quaint streets and quiet, lovely "courts" surrounded by the ancient, picturesque buildings of various Colleges that make up the University. We've already recommended this tour to friends. It was our second GetYourGuide walking tour; the first was in Dublin.

Cambridge: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Andrew, 03/16/2015

Efficient way to see Cambridge in a timely way, also get lie of land

Friendly service, frequent buses with relaxed hop on and off format. Worked well for a group get together in Cambridge.

Cambridge Hop-on Hop-off Tour - 24h Ticket Reviewed by michael, 04/25/2016

A very informative and pleasant experience

Meeting up was a little challenging as the agent didn't have any signage. That said, Hanna was a joy and she lead an informative and pleasant tour. Her knowledge was adequate and her communication skills appropriate. It was a little disappointing that the majority of colleges were closed so, ultimately we only looked around one but we would definitely recommend the experience.

Cambridge: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by David, 07/16/2012

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