We love a staycation! With more and more people choosing to spend their valuable summer holiday on our shores rather than venturing aboard, we are here to give you all the best spots to discover around Britain and what to do when you get there!
Cambridge is more than its prestigious, world-famous university. It is a truly spectacular place to visit, with its historical architecture, rich culture, vibrant food and drink scene, cobbled streets, quaint boutiques, and punting river.
Let us take you through our top ten tips for making your summer staycation in Cambridge the best it can possibly be!
Start with a tour of the world-renowned university buildings around Cambridge
The University of Cambridge was founded in 1209 and is one of the most famous universities in the world, having seen affiliations with a total of 117 Nobel laureates, 11 fields medallists, 15 British prime ministers, and 7 Turing award winners.
People come from all over the world to see the historic academic sites such as Trinity, St Johns and Kings College with its spectacular Gothic chapel. Not to mention the hugely influential Cavendish Laboratory which has seen the first discovery of the electron, neutron, and structure of DNA.
Other notable spots that are worth a visit and a picture are Clare’s College, Senate House, Sainsbury Laboratory and Kettle’s Yard. And if you want to step inside a room that will feel more like Hogwarts than Hogwarts, head to the Old Hall at Queen’s College or the dining hall at King’s College.
Of course, you can’t visit Cambridge without trying the city’s national pastime: punting down the River Cam.
You can do the punting bit yourself or hire a gondolier guide to do the heavy work while you lie back in your punt and enjoy exquisite views of Cambridge along the gorgeous riverbanks.
This is a perfect summer activity, which is always popular with children, tourists, students and locals alike – so expect it to be a busy ride!
If you want to take a punt ride with a twist, try the bat punt safari! This marvelous event is led by the Wildlife Trust and runs every Friday and Saturday evenings in summer! You can observe the gorgeous local bat population emerging from hibernation at dusk at Grantchester Meadows – all from a punt!
Discover the Cambridge University Botanic Garden
If you’re looking for a calm, green oasis on a warm day, then this little piece of heaven in the heart of Cambridge is just the place.
The lawns provide the perfect spot for a picnic and summer afternoon snooze, with plenty of shade provided by the magnificent collection of trees.
Enjoy a walk, exploring some of the 8,000 plant species from all over the world or have a gander in the shaded woodland area.
The garden is also home to a lake, glasshouses, a water garden, a genetic garden, rock gardens and lots of lush woodland. There’s plenty to learn and plenty to enjoy here for all the family.
Hire a bicycle and discover Cambridgeshire by bike
Like Amsterdam, Cambridge is a city for cyclists. It doesn’t have many hills and the city’s super bike-friendly infrastructure makes it a cyclist’s paradise.
It’s a lovely way to explore as much of the city and surrounding countryside as possible in a healthy and eco-friendly way.
Cool off in one of the biggest outdoor pools in the country
The Cambridge Lido, also known as Jesus Green Pool, is a 90-metre-long aquatic paradise for kids and adults alike on a hot summer day.
Built in the 1920s this traditional style swimming pool can hold plenty of people due to its size – and there’s even a newly built sauna for those who want to enjoy a good sweat between swims.
It’s also a complete bargain summer day out, with adult tickets costing just £4.80, and kids just £2.50.
Enjoy an outdoor film screening under the stars
This is an idyllic way to spend a summers eve, cuddled up with your loved ones on a blanket or stretched out on a deckchair, enjoying a classic movie in the warm scented evening air.
Add popcorn and prosecco to the mix and it's pretty much the definition of perfection.
Take a tasting tour of Chilford Hall Vineyard
The Chilford Hall estate is a local treasure of a vineyard in the Cambridgeshire Downs, producing excellent, award-winning wines.
Book a sunny afternoon tasting tour of this lovely vineyard where you’ll be taken on an undulating walk through the vines and learn how they are maintained to produce the right quantity of superior grapes.
Then, you’ll get to enjoy a visit to the winery to see how the magnificent wines are made, before trying a selection of 5 Chilford Hall wines. Other tasting tour packages are available if you also fancy a spot of lunch or an afternoon tea and a larger selection of wines to taste.
Have a forage around Cambridge market
Over on Market Square, Monday through Saturday from 10am till 4pm, you’ll find the treasure trove of local goods that is Cambridge market.
From organic produce from local farmers to homemade pastries and independent craft sellers, there’s something for everyone at this market.
It’s a great showcase of local talent; from art to agriculture. Sample regional specialities like lent pie or discover local artists and their creations at this lovely market, after a stroll along the cobbled streets.
Go and see the Corpus Clock
The Corpus Clock is an unusual and now famous landmark in Cambridge that teaches a valuable lesson.
Situated outside the Taylor Library at Corpus Christi College, this sculptural clock’s face is made of gold and has a bug-like monster sitting atop it. This monster is known as the Chronophage – also known as the time-eater.
This mesmerizing clock is an important reminder to all: time is fleeting, and we do not have as much of it as we think we do.
Enjoy a few rounds of golf during your stay at Hallmark Hotel Cambridge
Hallmark Hotel Cambridge is blessed with a 6,750-yard, 18-hole, par 72 golf course, which has hosted huge players in its time as the leading course to play in East Anglia.
Our hotel also boasts an exceptional health and leisure club that includes a poolside whirlpool, sauna, gym, indoor pool and treatment rooms offering a full range of blissful spa treatments. Book yourself a summer spa break for some much-needed self-care.
Lay back and relax in this comfortable and elegant hotel after your day of enjoying all that Cambridge has to offer in the summer. And you can even save 30% when booking a special-offer Discover Your Britain summer break!