Cambridge is a city that offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and relaxation. Whether you’re a history lover, a nature enthusiast, or simply searching for a something different, Cambridge has something to offer everyone. From exploring the world-renowned Cambridge University to punting along the River Cam, this town is waiting to be discovered. Here are 9 Cambridge attractions to explore.
How To Get There
We visited Cambridge from London, and it took us about an hour and a half to get there from King’s Cross Train Station. We bought our tickets the same day, however we recommend purchasing online to avoid the long line. The journey was smooth; quite honestly and it went by fast. Upon arrival, you can take the bus to the center or Uber. We decided to Uber since we only had 1 day to explore. Our uber costs roughly 10 euros.
1. Explore the River Cam
A visit to Cambridge isn’t complete without a Punting tour. This is a popular thing to do in Cambridge and the river Cam runs through the city’s heart. Our tour took 45 minutes , and we got a section of the boat; this is more than enough for a couple looking for a bit of privacy.
Our session costs £58 per person, making it affordable. The weather was in our favor, but they offered us a warm blanket. On this tour, you get to see the famous mathematical bridge, King’s College Chapel, and Wren Library. We heard funny stories of the rivalry between the college founders.
Grab drinks from PIMM’s Punt Bar, your choices range from Aperol, Gin + Tonic, Mojito, Wine, and more. Doing this activity has allowed us to travel slowly and, indeed, enjoy Cambridge.
Pro tip: The Suncadore has 2 entrances, so double-check your ticket. We didn’t know this prior and had to walk an extra mile to reach the other entrance.
2. Catch a Glimpse of the Corpus Clock
Located in front of the Taylor Library at Corpus Christi College. Seeing and visiting the Corpus Clock in Cambridge, UK, is a fascinating experience. This timepiece is not just a clock but a work of art and science. Standing before the clock, we were struck by its design, featuring an imposing grasshopper perched atop the clock face. It is not only a scientific marvel but also an iconic landmark in Cambridge.
3. Explore The Market Square
Craving endless food options on a budget? Look no further! We were thrilled to stumble upon Market Square while shopping and trying to find dining options. The General Market is open from Monday to Saturday in the bustling main square, just across from the Guildhall. They’ve got everything, from fresh produce, vinyl records, clothes, and gifts to delicious hot and cold foods. We did a little food tour, trying Brazilian, African, and Goan dishes. It’s a food lover’s paradise if you are a budget traveler like us. Stretch your money a little more here by exploring the market square.
4. Go Inside The Round Church
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, generally known as The Round Church, is an Anglican church in the city of Cambridge, England. It is located on the corner of Round Church Street and Bridge Street.
5.Visit The Department Of Magical Gifts
Shopping at the Department of Magical Gifts a fantasy theme in Cambridge is a fun experience for fans. While the Harry Potter movies weren’t filmed in Cambridge, the store captures the magical essence of the series. It’s filled with a wide range of Harry Potter-themed items, like wands, robes, books along with Game of Thrones and Lord of the Ring’s collectibles. We got the chance to participate in a magic trick and it was a fun and interesting way to get involved while shopping. Set in the charming town of Cambridge, the store is a must-visit for anyone who wants to bring a piece of the fantasy world home with them.
6. Visit the Wren Library
The Wren Library is a must-see sight in Cambridge inside Trinity College—one of the largest out of all the libraries on campus. A visit here is a glimpse into the minds of great thinkers and an opportunity to admire the library’s architecture. The Wren Library is usually open to the public between noon and 2 pm on Monday to Friday and 10:30 to 12:30 on Saturday mornings. Check out their website for more details.
7. Shop on Rose Crescent
This nice street between Market and Trinity Street is a shopping center in the middle of the city, with various shops and cafes. The cobblestone street and old buildings make it an excellent place for walk and shopping. We took a stroll here and stopped just to sit and let everything sink in after grabbing a few shopping items, and people watch.
8. Visit King’s College
9.Visits Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Visit the University of Cambridge Botanic Gardens. This is a 40-acre botanical garden with over 8,000 different plant species from all over the world. You can walk through beautiful gardens with all sorts of plants from around the world. It’s a peaceful place for a stroll or to just enjoy the natural beauty.