Culture in Cambridge: 10 Things to See and Do
Museums and art galleries mingle with historical wonder, majestic buildings, open spaces, river walks and foodie havens. Full of history and a sense of wonder, Cambridge is the perfect place for lovers of culture. Here, we list the top 10 things to see and do.
Visit the university grounds
Cambridge is one of the most famous and beautiful universities in the world. Consisting of 31 colleges, a walking tour offers the best way to discover the secrets of its sprawling grounds. Friendly guides will tell you all about the historic buildings and the famous names that have studied at the university over the years.
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Founded in 1884, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology showcases nearly two million years of human history, across six continents. The oldest artefact is a 1.8-million-year-old stone tool from Olduvai Gorge. However, the museum also works with modern-day indigenous people the world over to display exhibitions featuring contemporary artists. For more information about the current collections, click here.
Visit the churches
No matter your beliefs, Cambridge’s spectacular churches are a joy to behold. King’s College Chapel includes an ornate fan-vault ceiling, medieval stained-glass windows and one of Ruben's masterpieces. St Bene’t’s Church is Cambridgeshire’s oldest building and a fine example of Anglo-Saxon architecture. And the Round Church, believed to have been built by returning crusaders who based the design on Christ’s tomb in Jerusalem, is one of only five surviving round churches in England.
The Centre for Computing History
Alan Turing, the creator of modern computing, studied at Cambridge and has a computer room named after him at the university. It’s fitting that this city is home to a museum charting the evolution of our information age. The Centre for Computing History has a huge collection of vintage computers and provides inspirational learning opportunities through programming and electronics workshops.
Go on a punting tour
The glorious River Cam flows through the heart of Cambridge. A journey along its waterways provides stunning ‘fish-eye’ views of famous sights, including King's College Chapel, The Wren Library at Trinity College and the Bridge of Sighs. There are several licensed punt operators to choose from in the city, including the award-winning Scudamore’s.
Cambridge Arts Theatre
This 666-seat theatre in central Cambridge hosts a varied programme of devilishly good performances. Some of the biggest touring shows in the UK and an exciting mix of drama, dance, opera and pantomime productions tread the boards here throughout the year. For a full list of upcoming events at Cambridge Arts Theatre, click here.
Enjoy the perfect pint
The city’s most famous public house is The Eagle, where liquid inspiration helped Crick and Watson first sketch the structure of DNA on a napkin. Lamplighter Brewing is a brand-new microbrewery that serves a thirst-quenching selection of craft ales. From fashionable watering holes to traditional taverns, Cambridge is home to every sort of pub you can imagine.
Cambridge university botanic garden
More than 8,000 different species of plants live and thrive in this beautiful landscape. Located in the city centre and set across 40 acres, attractions include a stunning lake, a glasshouse filled with plants from exotic climates, rock gardens and a selection of ‘champion’ status trees. The Garden also runs a varied programme of family events and learning experiences.
Designed by William Etheridge and built by James Essex in 1749, Mathematical Bridge is the wooden footbridge that connects two parts of Queens' College. The bridge appears as an arch even though it’s made entirely of straight timbers. This sophisticated design has inspired many myths over the years, including one that claims Sir Isaac Newton actually designed and built it.
Cambridge food tour
If you’re a foodie, this walking tour of Cambridge will have you licking your lips. Snaking through quaint passages, the historic Market Place and a selection of stops very few tourists see, the food tour focuses on palate-pleasing delights sourced and produced food in Cambridge. From fish and chip shops to specialist delis, there’s something for every taste.
Hallmark Hotel Cambridge – A hotel that has it all
With so much to see and do, you’ll need somewhere to rest between daytrips. Hallmark Hotel Cambridge is situated a short drive from the city centre and has everything you’ll need for a happy stay. Comfortable and spacious rooms, a choice of bars and restaurants, an indoor swimming pool, a fitness suite and tennis courts – the hotel has it all. Book now to avoid missing out on Hallmark Hotel’s special offers.
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