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Top 10 Things To Do in Cambridge

Cambridge is brimming with endless things to discover, making it the perfect place to visit in 2019. Here at Visit Cambridge, we love a bucket list so we’ve put together 10 things you must do when you visit our city.

1. Take in the highlights of Cambridge with a whistle-stop walking tour. If you’re heading to the city for a day or two, there’s no better way to get your bearings than with an official guided walking tour. The 90 minute Highlights Tour will explain the best bits of Cambridge as a Blue Badge guide takes you around the city by foot. You can learn more about the world-famous university of Cambridge, what colleges are and how they work and the lives of some of the university’s most notable alumni including Stephen Hawking and Isaac Newton.

2. Treat yourself to a Fitzbillies Chelsea bun. It isn’t a trip to Cambridge without a traditional Fitzbillies Chelsea bun. The luxurious treat, made from currants and famously sticky, is enjoyed by locals and students alike. Take one to go and eat it by the river, or take a seat in the café for a slower paced experience.

3. Take a punt on the river Cam – just don’t fall in! Punting is (almost) unique to Cambridge; a flat bottomed boat which is propelled along the river using a long pole, and a wonderful way to see the city from a different perspective. You can hire a punt to try it yourself or, if you don’t fancy risking a dip, head on a chauffeured punt which also includes a tour of what is known as the “Backs,” the many colleges and gardens which line the river. Book your discounted punting tickets here.

4. Grab some University of Cambridge merch. Who says you have to study at the University of Cambridge to dress like it? Jacks on Trinity sells jumpers, hoodies, ties and bags to kit out your wardrobe with official merchandise from the university. Represent your favourite college or, if your student days are behind you, shop for other Cambridge souvenirs or Harry Potter merchandise instead.

5. Visit the mummies at the Fitzwilliam Museum. The Fitzwilliam Museum is one of the best museums in the country and packed full of fascinating artefacts. Including medieval armour, Monet, special exhibitions, ancient manuscripts and Egyptian mummies, there’s something for everyone. If you want to experience an expert insight into the museum, every Saturday you can join the “Introduction to the Fitzwilliam Tour” for just £6, which is a brilliant way to learn more about the museum and be introduced to some fascinating pieces you might have missed.

6. Take a breath of fresh air at the Botanic Gardens. If you’re craving green spaces, Cambridge has plenty but the most impressive has to be the Botanic Gardens. Located just a few minutes from the train station, a leisurely wander through the gardens is a great way to finish off your trip to Cambridge before catching the train home.

7. Treat yourself to a burst of flavours from the markets. The food scene in Cambridge is becoming one of the top reasons to visit the city, thanks to the fantastic markets on Market Square. Treat yourself to a variety of different cuisines, including Spanish paella, Venezuelan arepas and Greek gyros. For a modern treat, check out Hallouman for delicious halloumi fries or the award winning Mac Daddy for a contemporary twist of the humble macaroni and cheese.

8. Step up to panoramic views at Great St Mary’s. There’s nothing better than taking in a 360 degree view of a new place and in Cambridge, you can climb the 123 steps of Great St Mary’s church for fantastic views across the city. Located in the city centre, close to King’s College, Gonville and Caius and the Senate House, the church offers a unique view of Cambridge from the roof tops. We promise it’s worth the climb!

9. Immerse yourself in art at Kettle’s Yard, one of the country’s most unusual art galleries. This unique art gallery isn’t just a gallery; it’s also a home. Kettle’s Yard, once home to Tate curator Jim Ede and his wife Helen, reopened in 2018 as one of the UK’s most unique art musuems. Visitors are encouraged to take a seat in one of the many chairs throughout the house, admire the varied art on display and act as a guest in this fascinating artistic home.

10. Explore the quintessential streets of Cambridge. The cobbled streets of Cambridge are perfectly British and the best way to explore is simply by following your feet. Check out the bright red telephone boxes, peek into the doorways of the colleges and see if you can spot the chalk signs pointing “to the river” scrawled onto the brickwork. If you need a helping hand, our City Ambassadors, delivered in partnership with Cambridge BID, can be seen around the town. Just look for their distinctive purple suits and bowler hats and they will be happy to pint you in the right direction

Of course, these aren’t the only places to visit in Cambridge. Our website is packed full of inspiration for things to do in and around the city – there’s really something for everyone!

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