There is plenty to do when visiting or living in Cambridge. The City has a population of around 120 thousand making it a vibrant place with plenty to see and do. Steeped in thousands of years history and coupled with modern contemporary architecture, Cambridge is an eclectic mix of the old and new in a changing, modern Britain.
Things to do
There’s something for everyone when it comes to entertainment in Cambridge. A choice of galleries showcases an impressive range of art, from the contemporary to the classic, a buzzing theatre and performance scene presents drama, dance and family shows and you can enjoy all kinds of live music from internationally acclaimed orchestras and ensembles to touring pop stars, pub gigs, the world-famous Folk Festival, ever-popular Beer Festival, family-friendly Big Weekend and magical Secret Garden Party festivals.
You can go punting on the River Cam, enjoy a picnic in the park, join a walking tour of the city or explore further afield from the seat of a bicycle following the excellent network of cycle paths in and around the city.
Spend the day enjoying one of Cambridge and Beyond's fantastic Experience Days - perfect for group days out, stag and hen parties, gift ideas or treating yourself to an experience you'll never forget.
King’s College Chapel is celebrated for its choral services including the famous A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, broadcast live by the BBC to the nation and across the globe on Christmas Eve. If you have a chance to hear the sublime Choir of King’s College, you will be enchanted. Choral Evensong is sung here most days during term time, as it is in many other college chapels - all free and open to everyone.
As well as the free-to-enter University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, which houses world-class collections of art and antiquities spanning centuries and civilisations, and Kettle’s Yard, one of the country’s finest galleries and a major centre for 20th century and contemporary art, visitors will find a wide range of artworks, sculpture trail walks and galleries to appreciate.
Theatre lovers will delight in the range of performances on offer, from student theatre to touring and West End shows. Come summer, Cambridge is buzzing with al fresco performances of music in the parks and green spaces as part of the annual Summer in the City programme of events.
And if you have time to travel further a field follow this link to explore things to see and do Beyond Cambridge
Robinson College has one of the prettiest and best kept gardens in Cambridge. Other Colleges nearby with comparable grounds include King's, Clare and Trinity. All are a short walk from the College down Burrells Walk (download the PDF for walking routes into the city centre). The University's world famous Botanic Garden is a beautiful place to visit all year round.
Food and drink often play an important part in a students' life! Cambridge has a rich variety of restaurants, pubs and cafes. Visit Cambridge has a great guide on their website where you can choose from Asian to European to Fish 'n' Chips.
Not everyone wants a full on night out on the town and there are plenty of relaxing traditional pubs and bars to enjoy - situated in the heart of the city and on the riverside, many of Cambridge’s pubs have been part of the city for over 100 years, favourites include – The Eagle, The Old Spring, The Green Man, Grantchester and The Mitre Tavern.
Punting is a must for anyone visiting Cambridge for the first time. Robinson College is minutes away from several punt hiring companies. Choose to do it yourself or hire a guide who can point out important places from the city's rich history. Granta Boat and Punt Company are well established and close to Robinson.
The American Cemetary is a well visited attraction just outside of the city centre. Many of the tour buses include this on their route. Visit their website for more information.
Sightseeing is a fun way to get to know Cambridge. Why not do it yourself by hiring a bike. There are several places in town offering this, the closest to the train station is Station Cycles. There are also bus tours available. The hop-on / hop-off open top bus will guide you through the city, courtesy of City Sightseeing.
Finally, don't forget your shopping. Cambridge has four major shopping areas in the city centre: Market Square, Lion Yard, the Grand Arcade and the Grafton Centre. All are within walking distance of one another. There are hundreds of shops and stalls in between too - just remember to leave yourself enough time to get around them all!
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