Top Ten Things to Do in Cambridge
No. 1 – Punting
This is quintessentially Cambridge. Of course this is also done in Oxford but not nearly as well. This is a great way to see The Backs of 7 of the colleges and their bridges. You can punt with a chauffeur or Do It Yourself. For instructions on how to punt, see our other blog on ‘How To Punt’.
No. 2 – A Bike Tour
Cambridge wouldn’t be Cambridge without their bike enthusiasts and this is an excellent way to see the city. There is only one bike tour operator (www.cambridgebiketours.co.uk/index.htm), alternatively why don’t you hire some bikes from us?
No. 3 – Visit Kings College Chapel
This is open most days with access from the North door. Entry fee is currently £6.50 for adults, however a top tip is to go to evensong at 5pm Mon-Sat 10:30am and 3:30pm Sun, which is a sung service by the choristers. Totally free of charge, (closed August and September).
No. 4 – A Walking Tour
Another great way to see the city is a walking tour. A walking tour operator is www.oxbridgetours.com where that actually use current students as guides.
No. 5 – Have a pint in The Eagle
Famous for being the favorite waterhole of James Watson and Francis Crick; the two scientists who first discovered DNA, they came here to celebrate their discovery. There is a small plaque on the wall above one of the tables at the back of the pub.
No. 6 – Cambridge Arts Theatre, The Corn Exchange and The ADC Theatre
Cambridge Arts Theatre, have highbrow performances ranging from plays, ballet and opera. Go to www.cambridgeartstheatre.com for tickets or call the box office on 01223 503333
No. 7 – The Corn Exchange
The Corn Exchange is Cambridge’s premiere music venue featuring musicals, rock and pop. Go to www.cornex.co.uk or callbox office on 01223 357851
No. 8 – The Midsummer House
For all you foodies out there, The Midsummer House is the only 2 star Michelin star restaurant in East Anglia and has been awarded 5 AA rosettes in the 2014 AA Guide. Featuring Daniel Clifford as their resident Head Chef, he has been cooking there since 1998 and has a modern-focus, which is underpinned by classical French technique. Please contact email@example.com or call 01223 369299 to make a reservation and go to www.midsummerhouse.co.uk/menu/ to whet your appetite.
No. 9 – The Grand Arcade
For the most satisfying shopping experience, visit The Grand Arcade where you won’t be disappointed. All the usual big names are here including Apple, Karen Millen, Crew Clothing, Superdry and John Lewis to name but a few. If you live outside the EU, you may be able to get a tax refund on the goods you purchase and wish to take home with you. Terms and conditions apply. Go to www.grandarcade.co.uk/visitors/aspx for more information. The postcode is CB2 3BJ (for the car park, please use CB2 3QJ). For opening hours go to www.grandarcade.co.uk/plan-your-visit/opening-hours.aspx
No. 10 – The Botanical Gardens
Open every day of the year, the Cambridge University Botanical Gardens hosts plants form all over the world in a 40-acre oasis of beautiful gardens and glasshouses. The Garden does not have any public car parking. There is pay and display parking available along Trumpington Road, 8-hour maximum stay, Monday-Saturday, 9am – 5pm. There are also a few pay and display bays on Bateman Street, 2 hour maximum stay, Monday-Saturday, 9am – 5pm. Blue badge holders may park in these pay & display bays free of charge with no time limit.
If travelling by car, please use the Trumpington Road Park & Ride (off J11, M11, open daily) and ask to alight at the Bateman Street Stop, or use the Babraham Road Park & Ride, near the Gog Magog Golf Course. This service now stops at the train station only, from where it is a short walk up to the Station Road Gate.
There is a dedicated Garden Bicycle Park 65 meters along Bateman Street from the Brookside Gate on Trumpington Road.