Cambridge is ideal for travelers who prefer to explore by foot. There are many pedestrian zones throughout the city, so walking is a realistic and enjoyable way to explore the city. Alternatively, take two wheels and cycle around Cambridge. There are many cycle hire shops around the city where you can rent a bike. Finally, sit back and relax while your chauffeur punts you up and down the River Cam, from which you can gaze at the impressive buildings of the university.
Cambridge is packed full of architectural delights, as well as a plethora of museums and galleries. However, if you only have a day or two available, we can recommend the following sights as must-sees:
To visit Cambridge without touring the colleges of this world-class university would be a great loss. Don’t settle for just observing these magnificent buildings from outside the walls, instead join an official tour, so that you can venture through the gates. The guides add a sense of history to the experience and bring the buildings to life. An adult ticket is £17.50; visit the Tourist Information Centre in The Guildhall for information on times etc.
The River Cam is steeped in history, and has seen famous poets, mathematicians, scientists and prime ministers walk its grassy banks. As you follow the flow of the river you can see The Bridge of Sighs at St John’s college named after the bridge in Venice. Also, the Mathematical Bridge built in 1749, and although it appears to be arched, it is made from straight timbers. However, arguably the best part of a walk along the river is that you are able to soak up the local atmosphere. The river banks are the heart of Cambridge especially in the Summer months.
Outside London, Cambridge is known for having the highest concentration of renowned collections. The university itself has eight museums, and addition there are plenty of independent galleries. The city also hosts an eclectic range of festivals throughout the year, so whatever time you visit, there is sure to be something worth seeing.
Many great talents have been nurtured in Cambridge and the Cambridge Arts Theatre is one of the region’s most lively and most exciting venues. From Shakespeare performances to West End hits, the line ups in this theatre offer something for all tastes. Tickets are available online, or through local booking agents. Alternatively call the hotline on +44 1223 503 333
At first glance the façade of this museum takes you back in time to Ancient Greece. The impressive and imposing neo-classic architecture is one of the most iconic buildings in the cityscape. Viscount Fitzwilliam bequeathed his art collection to this museum and wanted the building to be an unforgettable monument. Since it opened in 1848, the collection has increased, and displays one of the largest collection of paintings and drawings in Britain, along with numerous remarkable artifacts from antiquity. Best of all, admission is free and the museum is open Tuesday to Sunday; 10:00-17:00
Cambridge combines cafes and restaurants that are institutions in their own right, with fine dining and funky new establishments. Here are a few of our top picks, for your time in Cambridge :
Fancy a local, delicious Chelsea Bun? Then Fitzbillies is the place to go. The beautiful art nouveau shop front is a delight and the food definitely doesn’t disappointment. All cakes are made on the premises, and the café also offers a dinner menu from Thursday through to Saturday. (Trumptington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RG, +44 1223 352500)
Located in a converted 19th century bonded warehouse, this restaurant has that cool, brasserie feel and is full of character. Outside on the roof terrace there are breathtaking views of Magdalene College, founded in 1428. The service is professional and friendly, and the staff take pride in the delicious food they serve. As well as a wide variety of steaks, The River Bar Steak House & Grill, have an excellent selection of starters, fish and burgers. (Off the Boardwalk, Quayside, CB5 8AQ , +44 1223 30 70 30)
Whether you need a hotel for a few nights, or just a pillow where you can rest your weary head and recharge, Cambridge has an excellent selection of accommodation to choose from:
Situated merely a 10 minutes taxi ride from the city centre, this stylish hotel is set off the main road within beautiful grounds. The 4-star hotel offers tranquility and sophistication with a decked terrace connected to the hotel bar where you can relax in the peace of the hotel gardens. The rooms are elegantly decorated with all modern features. An excellent addition to this hotel is the award-winning restaurant situated in the Victorian Mansion.
Located in the city centre, Cambridge City Hotel prides itself in its customer service and providing a peaceful, comfortable, home-away-from-home feeling. The rooms are well-equipped and fully air conditioned with complimentary luxury Neal Yard bathroom products. If you are only in Cambridge for a short time, this hotel is perfectly situated near to the city’s main sights.