Things to See & Do

Things to See & Do

Discover what you can do in Cambridge

There’s something for everyone when it comes to entertainment in Cambridge. You can go punting on the River Cam, enjoy a picnic in the park, join a walking tour of the city or explore further afield from the seat of a bicycle following the excellent network of cycle paths in and around the city.

King’s College Chapel is celebrated for its choral services including the famous A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, broadcast live by the BBC to the nation and across the globe on Christmas Eve. If you have a chance to hear the sublime Choir of King’s College, you will be enchanted. Choral Evensong is sung here most days during term time, as it is in many other college chapels – all free and open to everyone.

As well as the free-to-enter University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, which houses world-class collections of art and antiquities spanning centuries and civilisations, and Kettle’s Yard, one of the country’s finest galleries and a major centre for 20th century and contemporary art, visitors will find a wide range of artworks, sculpture trail walks and galleries to appreciate.

Theatre lovers will delight in the range of performances on offer, from student theatre to touring and West End shows. Come summer, Cambridge is buzzing with al fresco performances of music in the parks and green spaces as part of the annual Summer in the City programme of events.

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KEY FACTS
  • The Fitzwilliam Museum houses a world-renowned collection of over half a million works of art
  • An estimated 900,000 people go punting each year in Cambridge.
  • Grab a pint at the Eagle Pub, the birthplace of the discovery of DNA and haven for WW2 airmen

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The Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum is the lead partner of the spectacular collections of the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) and Botanic Garden.

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Laundress Green
Park

Laundress Green

Open green space

Let’s Go Punting
Punting

Let’s Go Punting

At Let's Go Punting we are a small independent company specialising in private and shared chauffeured punting tours.

Light Cinema Cambridge
Leisure Activities

Light Cinema Cambridge

We're more than just a cinema. We show everything from live theatre to rock concerts.

Limekiln Close and East Pit local nature reserve
Park

Limekiln Close and East Pit local nature reserve

Close to the busy residential areas of Cherry Hinton, this reserve forms an important habitat for many species. Previously used as quarries, the areas have a more dramatic landscape then most of the surrounding area as it contains white chalk cliffs.

Lockhouse Escape Games
Leisure Activities

Lockhouse Escape Games

LockHouse Escape Games features some of the best escape rooms in Cambridge.

Logan’s Meadow local nature reserve
Local Nature Reserve

Logan’s Meadow local nature reserve

Surrounded by busy streets and the Cam, Logan's Meadows is a perfect spot for a stroll or quiet break overlooking the river. It is a haven for wildlife.

Mathematical Bridge
Free
Key Sites to Visit

Mathematical Bridge

The bridge was designed in 1748 by William Etheridge (1709–76), and was built in 1749 by James Essex the Younger (1722–84). I

Midsummer Common
Park

Midsummer Common

Midsummer Common is an ancient grassland nestled in the heart of Cambridge. Home to annual midsummer fair, bonfire night, and strawberry fair.

Milton Country Park
Park

Milton Country Park

Milton Country Park is a park situated just North of Cambridge city. Visitor centre and Café

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Free
Key Sites to Visit
Museums & Galleries

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

MAA is a museum of humanity's history over hundreds of thousands of years, of world cultures over recent centuries, and of Indigenous life and art in the present.

Museum of Cambridge
Museums & Galleries

Museum of Cambridge

Visit us and explore over 300 years of Cambridgeshire history and heritage. Our Museum has something for everyone.

Museum of Classical Archaeology
Free
Museums & Galleries

Museum of Classical Archaeology

The Museum of Classical Archaeology in Cambridge houses one of the largest plaster cast collections in the world.

Museum of Zoology
Free
Museums & Galleries

Museum of Zoology

The University Museum of Zoology is one of Cambridge's major attractions. Our brilliant galleries showcase the diversity of animal life, from marsupials to monkeys, mammoths to manatees. Visit us to discover stories of extinction, survival, evolution and exploration.

New Square Park
Park

New Square Park

Open green space

Newton’s Apple Tree, Trinity College
Free
Key Sites to Visit

Newton’s Apple Tree, Trinity College

This tree was grafted from the actual tree that led Isaac Newton to ponder the theory of gravity.

Nine Wells local nature reserve
Local Nature Reserve

Nine Wells local nature reserve

The name Nine Wells refers to the number of chalk springs that act as the source for the waterway, Hobson's Conduit. The reserve is a mix of woodland, scrub and water.

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Did you know?

Want to visit Europe’s largest air museum? Pay a visit to IWM Duxford, which houses a huge collection of aircraft and aviation exhibits, as well as hosting regular flying displays.