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Cambridge on a Budget

Exploring Cambridge on a budget doesn't mean sacrificing its charm and allure. From historic landmarks to scenic parks, Cambridge offers a wealth of budget-friendly attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy.

Kings College Chapel 

Among the Chapel’s many facets you will see an exhibition of the history of the College, the world’s largest fan vaulted ceiling and the Adoration of the Magi by Rubens.  In addition, outside you will be able to view the wildflower meadow on the back lawn, which was established in 2020, as well as the Xu Zhimo stone in the memorial garden.

All visits are self guided, and you are welcome to walk at your leisure.  We kindly ask that you respect the space of others during your visit, and to respect the College as a place of study.

Please check the website to see opening times.

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The Polar Museum

The Scott Polar Research Institute, established in 1920 as part of the University of Cambridge, is a centre of excellence in the study of the Arctic and Antarctic.

The museum is open Tuesdays – Fridays, 10:00am – 4:00pm and is free entry.

Research covers both the natural and social sciences and is often interdisciplinary. The Institute also houses the World’s premier Polar Library, extensive archival, photographic and object collections of international importance on the history of polar exploration, and a Polar Museum with displays of both the history and contemporary significance of the Arctic and Antarctic and their surrounding seas. The Institute is a sub-department of the Department of Geography.

Opening Hours:

Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday –
Wednesday –
Thursday –
Friday –
Saturday –
Sunday – CLOSED
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Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Cambridge University Botanic Garden holds a collection of over 8,000 plant species from all over the world to facilitate teaching and research. The Garden provides resources including plant material, horticultural expertise and facilities to research workers and lecturers. Since its foundation , however, the Garden has also provided a beautiful place for everybody to enjoy and benefit from – a series of wonderful landscapes through which to discover the drama of plant diversity.

Opening Times:

  • February – March 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • April – September 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • October 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • November – January 10:00am – 4:00pm

The Garden is open to the general public. Walk ups welcome, pre-booking is optional.

Botanic Garden is open every day throughout the year except for Christmas closure – from 4pm Monday 23 December 2024 until 10am on Thursday 2 January 2025.

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The Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum was founded in 1816 from the bequest of Richard, seventh Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion, and the tradition of philanthropy has supported the Museum to flourish as a place of knowledge, inspiration, and beauty ever since.

Research, education, conservation, acquisitions, exhibitions, and collections care have been made possible through acts of generosity.

Admission to the museum is free.

Fitzwilliam Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00-17:00 | Sundays and Bank Holidays: 12:00-17:00

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Ice Skating

Cambridge Ice Arena is a full size, year-round, state-of-the-art ice rink near Cambridge International Airport. The Arena is operated by Better in partnership with The University of Cambridge.

Sessions include public skating, ice hockey, curling, figure skating, learn to skate, birthday parties and much, much more. Please note that Cambridge Ice Arena is a cashless facility, so please book online before your visit. We accept debit/credit cards and contactless in the centre.

Please see the website for opening hours as they are subject to change.

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Did you know?

One of the most famous figures in English history, Oliver Cromwell, was laid to rest at Westminster Abbey, but his decapitated head is buried in the grounds of Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge. Grisly but true!