Cambridge stands out among England’s historic cities with 31 architecturally beautiful universities, a Roman and Viking past, and a commitment to British culture and arts. Wander among the prestigious colleges as you pass lush meadows, charming pubs, high-street shopping and live performances.
Things to do in Cambridge
Cambridge’s architecture seems relatively unchanged since its construction. Make sure you stop by Trinity College to see its Tudor gateway and visit Wren Library, which houses works by Shakespeare and the original Winnie the Pooh manuscript. King’s College Chapel is another must-see, thanks to its grand Gothic architecture and world-record fan-vaulted ceiling.
The city’s gardens, parks and river offer the perfect setting for leisurely days under the sun. Sit back in a traditional Cambridge Punt boat as your driver gradually pushes you down the River Cam under 19th and 17th-century bridges. If the weather turns, make your way to the Imperial War Museum to see Europe’s largest collection of vintage aircraft.
You’d be amiss not visiting the University of Cambridge, founded in 1209 and considered one of the world’s top 5 higher education schools. The college grounds house the Botanic Garden, which boasts 8,000 plant species in glasshouses, an arboretum and seasonal gardens.
Sport is a popular pastime around Cambridge, so make sure you catch a rugby match at Grantchester Road stadium or a football game at Abbey Stadium. Beyond the city limits, you’ll find darling English market towns like Ramsey and Ely.
Getting around Cambridge
Cambridge is a scenic and peaceful city, so it’s no surprise that it’s bike friendly. There are multiple hire shops around town, and cruising on two wheels can take you to almost anywhere. Public buses operate until late, departing from Drummer St Bus Station and servicing the entire city. Affordable day passes grant you unlimited 24-hour bus travel.