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10 More Things To Do in Cambridge

Cambridge is the perfect weekend destination as there is simply so much to do here! As well as all of the incredible sights in the city centre, the surrounding area is full of gems and in today's blog post, we're sharing 10 more things to do in Cambridge and beyond. 

Looking for more inspiration? Read our Top 10 Things To Do in Cambridge blog post here.

1. Wonder at the stunning King’s College Chapel. One of the most incredible sights in Cambridge has to be King’s College Chapel. If you want a more in-depth experience, make sure you book onto either the King’s College and the Backs tour or King’s and Queens’ tour, both two hour walking tours which include entry to the chapel and highlights those fascinating elements you might otherwise miss; the Bible stories in the stained glass, designed by Henry VIII, graffiti from Oliver Cromwell’s army and some incredible mason’ self-portraits hidden in the stonework.

2. Spot all the colours of the rainbow in Saffron Walden. The picturesque medieval market town of Saffron Walden is packed full of history and culture. Bridge End Gardens and the Fry Art Gallery are both hidden gems, well worth a visit, and the town is overflowing with brightly coloured timber buildings and cobbled streets. Close to the town lies Audley End House and Gardens, a wonderful day out at one of the greatest houses of 17th century England with gardens designed by Capability Brown.

3. Treat your taste buds with the best independent food. Cambridge is a foodie’s heaven, bursting with multicultural flavours and plenty of local independents. If you want to make the most of your visit, book onto a Cambridge Food Tour for a foodie tour around the city, including authentic pizza, local beer and a local’s guide to the best food in the city.

4. Climb to the top of Ely Cathedral. Ely Cathedral is one of the most magnificent cathedrals in the UK, famed for its stunning Norman architecture, stained-glass windows and idyllic grounds. Known as the ‘Ship of the Fens’ because it creates a dramatic shape against the flat landscape of the Fens, Ely Cathedral is one of the most striking buildings in England. Take part in one of their daily Tower Tours for fantastic views and a unique insight into the history of the cathedral.

5. Drink up the history at The Eagle pub. The Eagle is a traditional English pub dating back to the 16th century, best-known as the spot where Francis Crick and James Watson announced in 1953 that they had discovered DNA. Don’t forget to head to the back of the pub to grab a pint in the RAF bar, where WW2 Airmen burnt their names into the ceiling with their cigarette lighters and keep your eyes peeled for the resident ghost…

6. Giddy up at Palace House. Newmarket, the home of horseracing, lies just twenty minutes from Cambridge by road or rail. Take a trip to Palace House, the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, to explore this five-acre site, built on the remains of Charles II’s sporting palace and stables. There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained, including the chance to meet real former racehorses, paintings by George Stubbs and even the chance to have a go on the racehorse simulator!

7. Shop until you drop with our fantastic array of shops. From the large Grand Arcade, packed full of high street stores such as John Lewis, Levis, Krispy Kreme and Disney, to our many independents hidden around the city, Cambridge is full of places to treat yourself. Make sure you visit the Cambridge Satchel Company’s original store and if you enjoy a G&T, the Cambridge Gin Laboratory is a must visit.

8. Grab a pint in Bury St Edmunds. A true Suffolk gem, Bury St Edmunds includes the impressive Abbey Gardens and ruins to explore as well as an under-rated food and drinks scene, packed full of independents. The town is also the home of Greene King so make sure you take the chance to visit one of their many pubs or take a tour of the brewery itself.

9. Take time for tea at the Orchard Tea Gardens. Head along the River Cam by foot or kayak and discover the quintessential English village of Grantchester. Known for its connections to the Bloomsbury set including EM Forster and Virginia Woolf, who met at the Orchard Tea Gardens where you can still drink tea today. It is also known as the inspiration for the Pink Floyd song “Grantchester Meadows” and, more recently, has gained popularity thanks to the ITV detective drama Grantchester.

10. Experience a hidden gem of Cambridgeshire. St Ives is a beautiful historic town along the waterfront with a fascinating riverport heritage and a great range of independent shops. A focal point is the splendid 15th century Bridge and Chapel over the river, one of only four still surviving in England. Why not walk down to The Quay in the Old Riverport, take a boat trip and discover one of the country’s best kept secrets - the fabulous Cambridgeshire countryside.

How many have you visited on this list? If you need more inspiration, take a look around our website for lots more things to do and don't forget our What's On section for Cambridge's upcoming events.

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