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17 Best Things To Do in Cambridge, England

15 Best Things To Do in Cambridge, England
Cambridge, England (Photo: Pixabay)

Cambridge, in the county of Cambridgeshire, is in the East of England. Known for its prestigious University, many students live in the city. To help you plan your trip, here are our tips, points-of-interest and attractions to help you find the best things to do in Cambridge.

1. Official Guided Walking Tours of Cambridge

Let yourself be led around the beautiful city of Cambridge and its many colleges on a walking tour led by an official Cambridge Tour Guide. You will see the most well known and most spectacular parts of the city. At the same time, you will be enchanted by stories about famous people connected to the city, such as Lord Byron, Sir Issac Newton and Charles Darwin. This group walking tour is limited to a maximum of twenty people, so there will be plenty of time to ask your Cambridge Blue Badge Guide any questions you have about the city.

Pass by the historic buildings and at the same time see modern student life happening all around you. On the tour you will see the Corpus Clock and the university buildings of the Senate House, Old Schools and the university church of Great St Mary’s. You will pass by Corpus Christi College, Pembroke College, St Catharine’s College and King’s College, Gonville and Caius College. The tour will end at Trinity College, so if you want to visit you can do so. Entrance fees to the colleges are not included.

Find out more about the Official Guided Walking Tours of Cambridge, and book online.

2. Punting in Cambridge on the River Cam

Cambridge Punting on the River Cam
Punting in Cambridge (Photo: Pixabay)

One of the things that make Cambridge, Cambridge is seeing people punting on the River Cam. You can choose whether you want to sit back and relax while your trained chauffeur drives you around, or whether you want to give it a punt yourself with a self-drive hire. On the chauffeur-driven tours, you can expect to learn a lot of information as you pass by the backs of the colleges. You can also rely on him/her having blankets, umbrellas and even hot water bottles available if the weather is not so good. This really has to be one of the best things to do in Cambridge, even if you are only staying a couple of hours.

Book a Punting Tour with Rutherfords Punting Tours.

3. King’s College Chapel

King's College Chapel, Cambridge, England
By Dmitry Tonkonog [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons
As you can see from the photo of the outside of King’s College Chapel it truly is an amazing building. Definitely worth visiting, and one not to be missed. Here is a picture of the inside, just to convince you to go.

King's College Chapel - One of the best things to do in Cambridge
By Jean-Christophe BENOIST [CC BY 3.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons

4. Cycling Tours – hire a bike in Cambridge and tour the city on two wheels

If you prefer cycling rather than walking, then the Cambridge City Bike Tour is made for you. The tour includes free bike hire so you can travel light. The Cambridge City Bike Tour is a fully guided tour.

Cambridge City Bike Tour
Cambridge City Bike Tour (Photo: Viator)

The tour starts at 10:30 at Parker’s Piece, close to the city centre and last about 2 hours 30 minutes. The tour winds around the city sights and attractions at a leisurely pace. You will have time to take photos and ask questions during the tour, and also at the end.

Find out more, and book your tickets now.

5. Fitzwilliam Museum

6. Cambridge University Botanic Garden

7. Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs is one of the most ornate bridges in Cambridge. Built in 1831, the Bridge of Sighs is named after the bridge of the same name in Venice, Italy. If you have time, go over the bridge on foot, and under the bridge on a punt.

The Bridge of Sighs, Cambridge, England
“Bridge of Sighs, Cambridge” by Chris Brown is licensed under CC BY 2.0

8. Mathematical Bridge

9. Cambridge Museum of Technology

10. Cambridgeshire Wine School

11. The Cambridge Gin Laboratory

If you like Gin, this may be one of the best things to do in Cambridge!

12. The Polar Museum

13. University Museum of Zoology

14. Great St. Mary’s Church

15. Cambridge Junction – an Independent Arts Venue

Conclusion – The best things to do in Cambridge

This finishes off our round-up of the best things to do in Cambridge. We hope you found something to inspire you. If you have other tips which would be useful for others, please do leave us a comment below.
Best Things To Do In Cambridge

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