It’s almost impossible to name just seven great things to do in Cambridge: there are hundreds of great things to do in Cambridge, we think it’s the greatest city in the world. We have, however, put our heads together and come up with a few of the best.
1) Take a tour of the Colleges. Your punting tour will take you past the College backs along the Cam, but there is far more to be seen if you take the time to view at least the sixteen oldest colleges on foot. You can take yourself on a self-guided tour or partake of one of the guided walking tours. The King’s College Chapel is particularly impressive and, if you arrive around the time of evensong, you may even get to hear the choir sing.
2) Take in a museum or two. There are fourteen museums in Cambridge, one to suit pretty much anyone’s interests. The Fitzwilliam Museum on Trumpington Street is free of charge and arguably one of the most outstanding. With permanent collections involving art, antiques, coins, medals and manuscripts from the world over and a range of temporary exhibitions which could involve anything from modern art to ancient sculpture, it’s sure ton prove inspirational.
3) Relax in a garden. There is something profound about the beauty that can be sculpted out of the natural world, and the feeling of freedom that comes with being in garden may be particularly welcome if you have spent a couple hours wandering around a hushed museum. The Cambridge Botanical Garden and the St. Clare’s Fellows Garden are alike stunning examples of how nature can be tamed to create beautiful works of art.
4) Go to an Art Gallery. The collection at Kettle’s Yard was started by Jim Ede who was the curator of the Tate from 1921 until 1936, in what was then his own home. The cottage he once occupied, now extended, has been donated to Cambridge University along with its stunning collection of art which is arguably one of the best, and most varied, in the UK. Kettle’s Yard is open to the public every day except Monday.
5) Take in a show. There is always some theatre, some music or some comedy being performed somewhere in Cambridge. Why not pop along to the famous Cambridge Footlights where the likes of Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Kenneth Branagh first made a name for themselves?
6) Go Shopping. There are an amazing array of shops in Cambridge from exclusive boutiques to well known chains. You can always enjoy some window shopping even if you don’t have the money to spoil yourself.
7) Eat, drink and be merry! There are so many outstanding restaurants, delis and bars in Cambridge that there is even a walking tour geared solely towards food and the culinary delights. If another walk sounds like far too much activity for you, just find yourself a likely looking eatery or pub, make yourself comfortable and watch the world go by.