Discover Cambridge with Greater Anglia

Published on: Thursday, 11 April 2024
Last updated: Tuesday, 16 April 2024

Cambridge University

Cambridge is a city synonymous with academia and history, renowned for its prestigious university, breathtaking architecture, and tranquil river.

From its ancient university to its scenic waterways and cultural attractions, Cambridge offers a rich tapestry of experiences to captivate visitors.

There are so many things to do in Cambridge that you will be spoilt for choice.

Here are our top picks whether you’re looking for things to do in Cambridge with kids, or fun things to do as a couple:

Things to do in Cambridge

Punting on the River Cam

Experience the quintessential Cambridge activity by punting along the tranquil River Cam. Hire a punt or join a guided tour and glide past the iconic college buildings while learning about the city's rich history and architecture. This activity is fun for everyone – it’s one of the top fun things to do in Cambridge as a couple, and also great for kids – and with your rail ticket you can enjoy 20% off at Scholars Punting. See for details.

Visit the Colleges

Explore the historic colleges of the University of Cambridge, each with its own unique charm and architectural splendor. Highlights include King's College, Trinity College, St. John's College, and Queens' College. Be sure to visit the stunning chapels, libraries, and gardens within these re-nowned institutions.

King's College Chapel

Admire the awe-inspiring beauty of King's College Chapel, one of the most iconic landmarks in Cambridge. Marvel at its magnificent Gothic architecture, intricate stained glass windows, and the world-famous choir.

Fitzwilliam Museum

Discover art, antiquities, and artifacts from around the world at the Fitzwilliam Museum. With col-lections spanning centuries and civilizations, including European masterpieces, Egyptian mum-mies, and ancient artifacts, the museum offers a fascinating journey through history and culture.

Botanic Garden

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and wander through the peaceful Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Explore 40 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, glasshouses showcasing ex-otic plants, and tranquil water features. Don't miss the chance to relax and unwind in this serene oasis.

Market Square

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Market Square, where you'll find bustling markets, street performers, and a variety of shops and cafes. Browse stalls selling fresh produce, crafts, and souvenirs, and sample delicious street food from around the world.

Fen Rivers Way

Embark on a scenic walk or cycle along the Fen Rivers Way, a picturesque trail that follows the banks of the River Cam through the idyllic countryside surrounding Cambridge. Enjoy stunning views of meadows, woodlands, and waterways as you explore the natural beauty of the Cam-bridgeshire landscape.

Famous Alumni and Literary Connections

Learn about Cambridge's rich intellectual heritage by following in the footsteps of famous alumni such as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Stephen Hawking. Visit landmarks associated with these intellectual giants and explore the city's literary connections, including sites linked to writers like Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath.

Food and drink

After all that exploring, you’ll want to stop for rest and refreshment and Norwich is bursting with many fantastic dining options, ensuring that visitors can indulge in a diverse range of culinary de-lights during their time in the city. Consider these great options:

The Eagle, a historic pub in the heart of Cambridge, famous for its role in scientific history (it's where Francis Crick and James Watson announced their discovery of DNA).

Fitzbillies - known for its iconic Chelsea buns, Fitzbillies is a beloved Cambridge institution. This charming café also offers a tempting selection of cakes, pastries, and brunch options, making it the perfect spot for a sweet treat or leisurely meal.

For an unforgettable dining experience, head to Midsummer House, a two-Michelin-starred restau-rant housed in a Victorian villa overlooking the River Cam. Chef Daniel Clifford's innovative tasting menus showcase the finest seasonal ingredients in beautifully crafted dishes.

Located by the river, The Punter offers a relaxed atmosphere and a menu featuring classic British dishes with a modern twist. Enjoy hearty mains, tasty bar snacks, and a great selection of drinks, including local ales and craft beers.

Where to stay

Directly outside Cambridge station you will find the ibis Cambridge Central Station, a just a short walk, the Gonville Hotel. For a city centre stay, try the Hilton Cambridge City Centre.

Getting there

There’s no better way to arrive into Cambridge than by train with Greater Anglia. It’s easy to reach the city centre, either on foot or via an easy bus link.

Discounted fares include Advance tickets that offer savings of between 60 and 70% on the stand-ard walk-up prices, GroupSave which offers 1/3 off all fares for people travelling in a group of three or more and a Club 50 discount for those aged 50 and over.

You can combine these tickets with Greater Anglia’s popular London 2FOR1 offers to for 2FOR1 entry to Cambridge Museum, and savings on Scholars Punting, and Cambridge Bike Tours with their rail ticket. See for details.

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