THINGS TO DO IN CAMBRIDGE
A city for all seasons
Cambridge is more than just a city it’s a destination, one travellers from all over the world come to enjoy, and you can see why with the variety it has to offer
We’ve included below a few of our favourite things to do, however don’t forget our concierge team are always on standby with lots more suggestions should you need them. They’re also happy to book excursions or reservations on your behalf, so please feel free to ask.
You can’t stop in Cambridge without someone telling you “it’s a fantastic day for a punt”. Punting isn’t just an enjoyable pastime, it’s a passion for local Cambridge folk, and has therefore become one of Cambridge’s most popular tourist attractions. Guest of all ages can be seen enjoying an afternoon cruising down the river Cam.
The punts are a perfect way to take in the architecture of the Universities, or simply enjoy a moment’s peace and tranquillity as you paddle along the waterway. Either way, it’s a must when visiting Cambridge. We also suggest packing a blanket, picnic hamper (of course you can find these in the apartment ready to be enjoyed) and popping into the local wine merchant opposite the punts and picking up a tipple to enjoy along the water… Don’t forget the glasses!
You can either chose to hire a chauffeured punt, or punt your own, but don’t be fooled it’s harder than it looks! If you plan on giving it a go yourself, we highly recommend practical shoes with grip as the water can be pretty chilly.
FAMOUS UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES
Cambridge is renowned for its architecture and nothing quite compares to the intricacy and grandeur of the Cambridge Universities. The earliest college is Peterhouse, founded in 1284, and still retains its original dining hall. But each college is worth exploring for its unique history, character and stories.
Enjoy walking the paths of some of our most famous philanthropists and international A list stars. The colleges have made it into a few Hollywood blockbusters so don’t be surprised if some streets seem familiar.
Considering its academic credentials, the rich cultural scene in the city is no surprise.
We recommend a trip to the Fitzwilliam museum where its stately façade shields fascinating antiquities, paintings and manuscripts. And a visit to view the college collections which include artefacts picked up on the famous James Cook and Charles Darwin expedition.
Click here to view a list of local museums
THEATRE & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Theatre lovers will not be disappointed with the range of performances on offer, from student theatre to touring West End shows. Cambridge Corn Exchange is also a popular choice with an eclectic mix of entertainment on offer, from comedy and music to ballet and classical concerts. Cambridge Arts Theatre is also a lively regional theatre hosting a varied program.
And if you still need more suggestions we also love the Cambridge Junction located just a mile from the city centre. It has a regular line up of famous names and boasts a packed program of club nights, comedy, theatre and dance performances.
Cambridge is not only a superb place to spend your day, but also offers a full and vibrant entertainment and nightlife scene. Market Passage offers two of the city’s most lively bars, with Baroosh Bar & Kitchen and Ta Bouche taking centre stage.
If you prefer live music and world class cocktails, then head over to De Luca Cucina & Bar or La Raza and enjoy coolness personified, with nightly events offering some of the best live music in town. Dancing shoes at the ready.
When it comes to shopping, this compact city has great choice. The market square has a mass of stalls selling food and clothes every day, while small boutiques line the cobbled streets of Magdalene, Bridge and King street.
If you still want more, shop ’til you drop types can browse the open-air All Saints Garden art and craft market on Saturdays, or for an all-weather option head for the new Grand Arcade shopping centre for all the big UK brands.
For a small city, Cambridge has a wide range of eating options perfect for the foodies among us. From one off independents to big UK names, and local pubs, with several of the most popular hang outs dating back to the 1660s.
The past decade has seen a rise in excellent dining opportunities.
There’s also Midsummer house, which is not only the city’s best restaurant, but one of the best in the whole of East Anglia, with two Michelin stars proclaiming their insistence on perfection.
You can also dine delightfully at the award-winning Le Gros Franck and the sleek restaurant 22, with its Michelin Bib Gourmand award for seasonal British and European dishes.