Top Tours & Activities in Cambridge
Long hailed as one of the most prestigious university towns any student could dream to live in, Cambridge is a mainstay in the history of education in the United Kingdom. Visiting Cambridge might make you feel scholarly purely by association. While you're in town, take a tour of some of the top spots.
No visit to Cambridge would be complete without stopping by the university itself. The school is the second oldest English speaking university and was founded in 1209. The grounds are as impressive as the history they contain.
Art historians will find some treasures from many time periods at the Fitzwilliam Museum. Those who know the Turner prize will be pleased to find many of Turner's works here. Plus, admission is free.
Horticulturalists will be enthusiastic to see the variety of flora and fauna found at the Cambridge University Botanical Garden. As the seasons change, so do the offerings of the garden.
The former priory is now open to the public. You can take a strolls in the garden, admire the 98 acre grounds and estate, and of course, visit the Abbey itself.
A perfect spot for a picnic, the Backs is the name given to the riverbanks east of Queen's Road. The Backs are a scenic spot to stop and contemplate your application to Cambridge University, or life in general.
The Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences specializes in geology. Courtesy of doctor John Woodward, visitors can see over 10,000 specimens that he collected over 35 years.
If you're interested in the illustrious history of Cambridge, make sure to visit the Museum of Cambridge. The exhibitions are set in a well preserved 17th century house that frames the collection well.
The Kettle's Yard is an art gallery located inside the former home of the Ede family. The works in the space are from the permanent collection amassed by John and Helen Ede while they lived in Cambridge.
The Ely Cathedral is hard to miss due to its prominent placement on an otherwise flat landscape. Make sure to take in the Purbeck marble that decorates the structure.
Dating back to the 13th century, the Church of St Mary the Great is part of the Church of England and is affiliated with Cambridge University and acts as the official university church. As always when visiting churches, be respectful of ongoing services.
As a student town, there are large areas of Cambridge that are easily walkable. You can also bike around or take local buses. Taxis and trains are available at your convenience too.
Unsurprisingly, the warmest summer month is August. You'll find the most rain in December and the coldest temperatures in January. Generally, the whole summer is pleasant even though winters can be quite cold.
- CurrencyBritish Pound (£)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+44
- Best time to visitThe best time to visit Cambridge depends on your itinerary. If you want to see the university in full swing, the fall and spring semesters are best. If you're more interested in sightseeing and enjoying a sunny stroll or two, you're better off visiting in summer.
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What People Are Saying About Cambridge
Nice tour on the river, the guide could tell nice storys about things that happened in the past. Nice boats, complete for bad weather as well (with blankets and umbrellas).
My friends and I had a most enjoyable time - online booking was easy, the bus driver was courteous and friendly and the commentary was most informative - all in all a fascinating trip
Our guide, Saskia, was knowledgable, personable, and prompt. she led us though quaint streets and quiet, lovely "courts" surrounded by the ancient, picturesque buildings of various Colleges that make up the University. We've already recommended this tour to friends. It was our second GetYourGuide walking tour; the first was in Dublin.
Friendly service, frequent buses with relaxed hop on and off format. Worked well for a group get together in Cambridge.
Meeting up was a little challenging as the agent didn't have any signage. That said, Hanna was a joy and she lead an informative and pleasant tour. Her knowledge was adequate and her communication skills appropriate. It was a little disappointing that the majority of colleges were closed so, ultimately we only looked around one but we would definitely recommend the experience.