Cambridge, UK

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Top attractions in Cambridge, UK

10 Things to Do in Cambridge

Long hailed as one of the most prestigious university towns any student could dream to live in, Cambridge is a mainstay in the history of education in the United Kingdom. Visiting Cambridge might make you feel scholarly purely by association. While you're in town, take a tour of some of the top spots.

  • University of Cambridge

    1. University of Cambridge

    No visit to Cambridge would be complete without stopping by the university itself. The school is the second oldest English speaking university and was founded in 1209. The grounds are as impressive as the history they contain.

  • Fitzwilliam Museum

    2. Fitzwilliam Museum

    Art historians will find some treasures from many time periods at the Fitzwilliam Museum. Those who know the Turner prize will be pleased to find many of Turner's works here. Plus, admission is free.

  • Cambridge University Botanical Garden

    3. Cambridge University Botanical Garden

    Horticulturalists will be enthusiastic to see the variety of flora and fauna found at the Cambridge University Botanical Garden. As the seasons change, so do the offerings of the garden.

  • Anglesey Abbey

    4. Anglesey Abbey

    The former priory is now open to the public. You can take a strolls in the garden, admire the 98 acre grounds and estate, and of course, visit the Abbey itself.

  • The Backs

    5. The Backs

    A perfect spot for a picnic, the Backs is the name given to the riverbanks east of Queen's Road. The Backs are a scenic spot to stop and contemplate your application to Cambridge University, or life in general.

  • 6. Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences

    The Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences specializes in geology. Courtesy of doctor John Woodward, visitors can see over 10,000 specimens that he collected over 35 years.

  • 7. Museum of Cambridge

    If you're interested in the illustrious history of Cambridge, make sure to visit the Museum of Cambridge. The exhibitions are set in a well preserved 17th century house that frames the collection well.

  • Kettle's Yard

    8. Kettle's Yard

    The Kettle's Yard is an art gallery located inside the former home of the Ede family. The works in the space are from the permanent collection amassed by John and Helen Ede while they lived in Cambridge.

  • Ely Cathedral

    9. Ely Cathedral

    The Ely Cathedral is hard to miss due to its prominent placement on an otherwise flat landscape. Make sure to take in the Purbeck marble that decorates the structure.

  • Church of St Mary the Great

    10. Church of St Mary the Great

    Dating back to the 13th century, the Church of St Mary the Great is part of the Church of England and is affiliated with Cambridge University and acts as the official university church. As always when visiting churches, be respectful of ongoing services.

Planning Your Visit

  • How to Get Around Cambridge?

    As a student town, there are large areas of Cambridge that are easily walkable. You can also bike around or take local buses. Taxis and trains are available at your convenience too.

  • What is the weather in Cambridge like?

    Unsurprisingly, the warmest summer month is August. You'll find the most rain in December and the coldest temperatures in January. Generally, the whole summer is pleasant even though winters can be quite cold.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    British Pound (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +44
  • Best time to visit
    The best time to visit Cambridge depends on your itinerary. If you want to see the university in full swing, the fall and spring semesters are best. If you're more interested in sightseeing and enjoying a sunny stroll or two, you're better off visiting in summer.

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What people are saying about Cambridge, UK

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Claire was very informative on the Guided Walking Tour of Cambridge and made the tour personalised to the participants and included everyone. She seemed very passionate about the history of Cambridge and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour with her, cannot recommend Clare enough. She was so good, wished we had more time to speak with her after the tour. After we went punting, this was very relaxing and the view of the colleges and in particular the view of Darwin college was stunning.

A brilliant and very insightful tour of Cambridge and it’s rich history! Our guide Olivia was extremely kind to us and engaging throughout the tour, and her knowledge was very helpful. Overall it was a highly memorable experience.

The lady Guide was thorough with her knowledge of Cambridge. She was very engaging and was energetic and enthusiastic from the start of the tour till the end. It was one of best walking tours I had.

Very informative, lots of interesting little facts. We all enjoyed it, including my inquisitive 7 year old.

Great experience and excellent value. Ben our guide was hilarious and informative. Highly recommend.