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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- 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
Tony the tour guide...one word - EXCELLENT! He is very experienced, is full of fun quirky facts about the city, he doesn’t bombard with lots of boring dates. He mixes history facts with interesting stories about students who have studied in Cambridge’s colleges. He points out the hidden gems in city, the things that are written into Cambridge’s architecture. He is passionate about what he does. Well worth the money. Thanks :-)
Our guide, Josh, took us on the walking tour. He was very well informed and knew all about the university, the history of Cambridge and lots more besides. He was entertaining and very interesting. I would recommend Josh to anyone wanting to have an enjoyable and informative tour of Cambridge.
Catherine was an excellent tour guide. As a recently graduated ex-student she was able to give us great insight into al the history and the rituals of college life, graduation, etc. We loved the whole experience.
It was the most wonderful thing I have done all year. If you want the best insider look at the history of Cambridge and the experience of studying there, accept no substitute to these guided tours.
I’m French and I understood everything Georgie, the guide, was saying, she was great , smiling, nice and replied to any questions we had.