Things to do in Cambridge
Cambridge is a fascinating city, and buried in its rich and brilliant heritage are many hidden treasures, novel traditions and unique stories. If you are looking for some of the best things to do in Cambridge, below is a small collection of our top picks – If you would like any other ideas you are welcome to give us a call to see if we can help!
The Oxbridge Tours Walking Tour
Of Course it goes without saying, you can’t visit Cambridge and not join one of the famous Student guided walking tours of Cambridge! So all the information you need to book is here; Cambridge Walking Tours
The Fitzwilliam Museum
There is archaeological evidence of settlement in Cambridge dating back around 3,500 years to a small farm on the site now occupied by Fitzwilliam College founded in 1869. If you are interested in a trip back in time however, the Fitzwilliam Museum is much closer the centre of town and will take you on a historical journey spanning over two millennia. Founded in 1816, the free museum is situated in a breathtaking Edwardian building, housing a truly fantastic and dynamic collection. We’re so confident you wont want to miss out, you can even request our guides to finish your walking tour at the Fitzwilliam gates!
One of the great Cambridge traditions, and a fantastic way to relax and unwind after a hard day of sight seeing and sunshine – For more information on the river tours please follow this link or give us a call; Punt Tours
If you’re looking for things to do in Cambridge after your day of activities has drawn to a close, one of the city’s many pubs is sure to be to your taste. If you prefer a river view, we recommend the Granta, or the Anchor pubs. The latter hosts great regular jazz nights and the former boasts a beautiful outdoor heated seating area overlooking the Granta Pool . A very popular thing to do in Cambridge is have lunch or dinner at the Eagle, a traditional English pub just off King’s Parade. Although it can get very busy in tourist season, it’s well worth stopping by! Gems include the RAF bar ceiling, decorated with WW2 graffiti, and the walls that display trophies of the pub’s impressive history – look out for Watson and Crick’s claim to the discovery of DNA and old horse coaching paraphernalia from its days as a coaching inn. If you’re enthusiastic about local brew and British grub, we recommend a visit to The Pickerel, The Maypole or The Brewhouse. The Fort St George is a favourite for sunday dinner, situated in a perfect riverside location a little further from the town centre on Jesus Green.
The Downing Street Museums
The Earth Sciences Museum and the museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on Downing Street are wonderful University museums boasting intimate permanent collections and fascinating temporary exhibitions. We recommend taking a look if you’re after something completely unique! These museums document life on the cutting edge of world research and display impressive tokens of discovery, from dinosaur skeletons to giant North American totem poles!
Fancy seeing a bit more of the surrounding villages? If the answer is yes, a Cambridge Bike Tour could be just your thing. Click here for more information.
Walk along the river up to Grantchester tea gardens
On a summer’s day, this leisurely walk is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Cambridge. The Grantchester Orchard is where literary legends Rupert Brooke and Virginia Wolfe often sat to glean inspiration for their work. The meadows along the banks of the river are the perfect place to head with a picnic or a new book, and the Orchard Tea gardens provide an idyllic setting to relax and experience traditional English cream tea!
Visit some of the Colleges
Cambridge is home to an amazing 32 colleges! The majority of the older ones are in the city centre and within walking distance of one another, with most open to visitors for a small charge of around £3 per person (with the exception of King’s college who charge around £8! for the privilege). Some of the best Colleges to visit are Trinity, St Johns, Queen’s College and Peterhouse. Of course Emmanuel, Corpus Christi, Pembroke and more are also close by and equally gorgeous!
Our Private Tours include entry to any colleges (aside from Kings).
We can help
If you have any questions about things to do in Cambridge during your visit, including recommended accommodation, best restaurants, cheap parking, or anything else just give us a call!