8 Must Do Activities in Cambridge

Cambridge is a city which is perhaps best known as being home to Cambridge University, one of the oldest universities in the world. However, there is also a lot more to the city than you might think at first glance and its small size makes it the perfect option for a short weekend break.


Cambridge has an excellent variety of pubs from those which sit on the banks of the River Cam to more traditional country pubs with a cosy, olde-world vibe. Many feature live music and plenty have fantastic pub gardens which make the ideal place to while away a warmer afternoon with a pint or two.


Although you may prefer to eat at whichever of the hotels in Cambridge UK you have chosen for your break, there are also plenty of other great options if you want to head out into the city proper. Restaurant Alimentum is a Michelin-star restaurant whilst Fitzbillies comes recommend by Stephen Fry, who attended the University for three years.


Cambridge can boast a number of wonderful shopping districts which cater to all tastes and budgets. If you like independent shops then head to the likes of Magdalene Street and Bridge Street or if you prefer all your shops under one roof then you might like the Grand Arcade or The Grafton. There are also a number of decent markets to explore including the All Saints Garden Art & Craft Market.

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Cambridge has five different theatres but most people enjoy the ADC Theatre which is run by the University and which has seen a number of famous actors begin their stage careers there.


As one of the most distinguished cities of learning in the world, you can’t visit Cambridge and not explore the many museums and art galleries which are associated with the University. Choose from the likes of the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Science or the Scott Polar Research Institute.


Although Cambridge is a small city, it is still a city and you may find that you want to enjoy some fresh air and greenery, rather than the many buildings which make up the city proper. One of the city’s best options is the University’s Botanic Garden but there is also Lode Mill, The Fellows Garden at Clare College and Anglesey Abbey which are worth discovering too.


If architecture is your thing then you will be spoiled for choice with the churches and chapels on offer in the city. The likes of St Peter’s Chapel, King’s College Chapel, The Round Church and St Bene’t’s are all worthy of a visit.


Punting is a classic pastime in Cambridge and one which most visitors make the time to experience when in the city. You can hire your own punt or if you feel less confident about taking to the water then book a seat on one of the guided tours which also cruise along the River Cam instead.

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