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Before you can start enjoying the city's delights, you'll need to get there. Wondering how to get to Cambridge? Two train stations welcome services from around England and the UK. You'll likely arrive at Cambridge Train Station, inside a beautiful Grade II-listed building in the city centre. From there, it's easy to take a bus or taxi to your hotel. Why not walk if you're staying close to the heart of the action?
What to do in Cambridge
There are many things to see and do when visiting Cambridge, from visiting the famous university campus to exploring historic buildings, museums and galleries. The city also boasts an exciting contemporary culture, which means many excellent eateries, diverse shopping, entertainment and nightlife in spades.
Punt down the river
Punting down the River Cam is one of the top things to do in Cambridge. This is a great way to see the city from a unique, peaceful viewpoint. The river runs right through the heart of Cambridge. Punting was introduced as a leisure activity at the start of the 20th century.
Book a tour to let an expert lead the way, or hire a private boat and go at your own pace. You'll pass famous college buildings, including King's College Chapel, The Wren Library at Trinity College and the Bridge of Sighs - some of the city's most iconic landmarks!
There are a few licensed punting companies in Cambridge: Let's Go Punting, Rutherford's Punting, Scholars Punting, Scudamore's Punting Company, The Cambridge Punt Company and the Traditional Punting Company. Whatever way you punt along the Cam, this will be an experience to remember.
Cambridge Botanic Gardens
Explore 40 acres of beautiful green space at Cambridge University's Botanic Gardens. The gardens are within walking distance of the city centre, offering a woodland setting to lose yourself among trees and plants from all four corners of the world.
Explore the various garden sections, from tropical glasshouses to fields of British wildflowers. The Bee Borders are always abuzz with helpful insects, while the Bog Garden is a sheltered haven for marginal plants. The Dry Garden is home to plants native to dry, dusty climates. At the same time, the Grass Maze is a fun area for all ages to enjoy.
There's plenty to see, making this an ideal choice for a family day in the city. The Botanic Gardens are a must when you're in Cambridge at any time of year.
Vintage shopping along Mill Road
Mill Road is a street art-adorned street in Cambridge home to many unique independent vintage shops. It's often considered the city's most vibrant and eclectic area.
From homeware to vintage fashions and records, there are plenty of treasures to discover in this part of the city. There are lots of charming coffee shops and restaurants along Mill Road, too, so be sure to grab a refreshment while you're in the area.
Highlights include Tom's Cakes, a traditional British tea room serving delicious homemade cakes and sandwiches. Limoncello Deli and Bistro has plenty of Italian delights to choose from, while Fantasia & Friends is a perfect jumble of vintage designer clothes.
Kettle's Yard art gallery
This noteworthy gallery is set inside the former home of Tate curator Jim Ede and his wife, Helen. They had the idea of creating a living place where works of art could be enjoyed by young people, away from the more formal setting of a traditional museum or gallery.
The couple filled their home with pieces from iconic artists, including Hepworth and Miro. In the 1950s and 60s, they opened their hours every afternoon during university terms, guiding visitors around their personal collections. In 1966, the Edes gave their house and art to the University of Cambridge.
Visitors today can explore the collection as it's arranged around the house, which still feels like a beautiful family home.
Head to Market Hill, the city's historic marketplace hosting stalls since the Middle Ages. Today you'll find plenty of fresh local produce, handmade goods and exciting street food stalls at the market. There's an arts and crafts market in All Saints Garden on Saturdays
It's a great place to head for something to eat or drink in Cambridge, with various street food stalls offering something to suit every taste.
The Fitzwilliam Museum
The Fitzwilliam Museum is the University of Cambridge's free art and antiquities museum.
Explore a treasure trove of over half a million objects, including ornaments and paintings from around the world. From Ancient Egyptian coffins to Impressionist masterpieces and Renaissance Sculpture, there's plenty to see here.
The collection is diverse but a perfect size to enjoy in a couple of hours. At the same time, The Fitzwilliam Museum also hosts major exhibitions, events, music and workshops year-round.
The University of Cambridge
The world-famous University of Cambridge was founded in 1209, making it the fourth-oldest university in the world. It's made up of 31 Colleges, each with its own historic buildings and institutions which visitors can enjoy.
The University of Cambridge Colleges are among the must-see attractions in the city! Whether you visit them all or pick a couple, you will surely be impressed by their beautiful façades, spired rooftops, gardens and more unique features. Not to mention their centuries-old history!
Trinity is one of the most famous colleges in Cambridge, favoured by royals with plenty of iconic alumni. Sir Isaac Newton was a student of Trinity. Outside his once bedroom, there's an apple tree. This is a descendant of the famous one which led Newton to create his law of gravity.
Trinity College is also home to the world-famous Wren Library, which boasts an impressive collection of books and manuscripts.
King's College is one of the most recognisable in Cambridge. It's no surprise - King's College Chapel is one of the most beautiful buildings in a city full of gems. The chapel plays a central role in College life, hosting services, providing a space for students to reflect and a backdrop for choir performances.
King's is also centrally located, making it an excellent choice for weekend visitors short on time.
The third-oldest College at Cambridge, Pembroke, is known for its impressive architecture. See a building from nearly every year since the College was founded in 1347 when you visit. The chapel was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the same architect responsible for the iconic St Paul's Cathedral.