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One Day in Cambridge

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Universally renowned for its top-five university, Cambridge is one of the main touristic cities in England, home to beautiful architecture, majestic college buildings, numerous museums and art galleries, quaint passages and bridges, and gorgeous parks and meadows. Its international student atmosphere and lively pubs are also appealing to the traveller. Here are my recommendations for a one-day visit to the ''City of Perspiring Dreams''.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Trinity College

Educational sites, Historic Sites

The Round Church Visitor Centre

Visitor Centres

Bridge of Sighs

Bridges

The River Cam

Bodies of Water

Sedgwick Museum of Geology

Speciality Museums

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Gardens

Fitzwilliam Museum

Art Museums

Pembroke College

Educational sites, Historic Sites

Queens' College

Educational sites, Historic Sites

King's College Chapel

Sacred & Religious Sites, Educational sites

Ines R's City Tips

  • Trains from London King's Cross and Liverpool Street take about one hour to arrive in Cambridge. Frequent bus services from London Victoria and other stations are a cheaper option.
  • The weather in England is very changeable, so don't be fooled by a mild sunny morning. Wear layers and don't forget your umbrella.
  • Cambridge is a small city and very easy to walk around, so put on comfy shoes and let yourself get lost in its historic streets.
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    Trinity College
    Educational sites, Historic Sites
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    Ines R Says:

    One of the most visited colleges in Cambridge, Trinity is famous for its Great Gate, the main entrance's facade that features a statue of founder Henry VIII over the doorway (there are many theories as to why he is holding a table leg in his right hand instead of the original sword). The college was founded in 1546, and has been home to several important figures such as Isaac Newton and Lord Byron over the centuries.

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    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you have the time, visit St Peter's Church on Castle Street. This little church is set on lovely grounds, and it's the perfect spot for a picture.
    • The Great Court, with its fountain and Clock Tower, is a popular spot to visit.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 187 things to do in Cambridge
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • neat college 19/08/2018
    • Wonderful Macbeth.... 15/08/2018
    • Trinity College
    Address:
    31 Trinity Street
    Cambridge CB2 1TB
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1223 338400
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    The Round Church Visitor Centre
    Visitor Centres
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    Ines R Says:

    This lovely little church, locally known as The Round Church (its real name is Holy Sepulchre), dates back to the 12th century and is one of only four round churches in England. Today, it is today a visitor's centre (since its congregation had to move to a bigger church) where you can learn all about the history of Cambridge.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss out the 20-min short film, which tells the story of how Cambridge was first founded as a small Roman settlement and grew to be the university city it is today.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 187 things to do in Cambridge
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • God Save the Queen, and Ian. 11/08/2018
    • The Round Church 07/08/2018
    • The Round Church Visitor Centre
    Address:
    9A Bridge Street
    Cambridge CB2 1UB
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1223 311602
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$5
    Hours:
    Sun
    1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    Mon
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Bridge of Sighs
    Bridges
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    Ines R Says:

    One of Cambridge's landmarks, the Bridge of Sighs stands above the River Cam, linking two courts of St John's College. The bridge gets its name from the one in Venice, though it has little resemblance to its namesake. Built in 1831 in the Neo-Gothic style, it was a favourite spot of Queen Victoria herself, and is today one of Cambridge's main tourist attractions.

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    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It's best to appreciate the Bridge of Sighs as part of a river tour!
    • If you can, go inside St John's. The main gate, college chapel, New Court, dining hall and old library are all well worth a visit. Beware of ghosts however! This is a haunted place.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 187 things to do in Cambridge
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • beautiful 19/08/2018
    • My Visit 18/08/2018
    • Bridge of Sighs
    Phone:
    +44 1223 338606
    Other:
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    The River Cam
    Bodies of Water
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    Ines R Says:

    Cambridge literally means 'Bridge over the Cam', and this river is undoubtedly the spinal cord of the city. Most of the city's old colleges were built alongside the riverbanks, and several bridges have been built to connect both sides. One of Cambridge's most genuine and unmissable experiences is taking a punting tour along the Cam, admiring the beautiful constructions you can find on your way!

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    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The more daring can rent a boat with friends and try punting themselves - or you can just hire a boatman, who will also tell you lots of stories. Remember to negotiate prices first!
    • The Anchor pub, situated on the riverbank near Queen's College, is a nice place for lunch. Another option is picking up some fresh food at Market Square.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 187 things to do in Cambridge
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must! 21/08/2018
    • Punting on my the Cam with Rutherfords 19/08/2018
    • The River Cam
    Phone:
    +44 1223 927331
    Other:
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    Sedgwick Museum of Geology
    Speciality Museums
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    Ines R Says:

    Take a 4.5 billion-year journey through time at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, with its outstanding collection of nearly 2 million specimens of rocks, minerals, fossils, meteorites and bones. Established in 1728, this is the oldest museum in the University of Cambridge. It also contains a big selection of Darwin's artifacts, such as his desk, manuscripts and many of his findings.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Please note that the museum is closed on Sundays.
    • Entrance is free.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 187 things to do in Cambridge
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So much to see and do and learn here 13/08/2018
    • Fascinating 12/08/2018
    • Sedgwick Museum of Geology
    Address:
    Downing Street
    Cambridge CB2 3EQ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1223 333456
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
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    Cambridge University Botanic Garden
    Gardens
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    Ines R Says:

    Cambridge's Botanic Gardens are a delight for the senses. Created in 1831, they are home to more than 8,000 different plant, flower and tree species from all over the world. The gardens feature beautiful landscaping, ponds and fountains, and there are also Victorian-style glass houses creating different ambiances. This is the perfect place for all those looking for some peace and quiet amidst a busy day of sightseeing!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The gardens offer free 60-minute "seasonal highlights" tours, which take place at 3pm every Sunday from May through July, and on the first Sunday of March, April, September and October (normal admission charges apply).
    • The gardens open daily at 10am, but closing times vary depending on the season. Check the website before visiting.
    • Audio tours are available all year round.
    • The onsite cafe is a nice spot to stop for a cup of tea or a snack.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 187 things to do in Cambridge
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • What ever. 20/08/2018
    • Lovely gardens 19/08/2018
    • Cambridge University Botanic Garden
    Address:
    1 Brookside
    Cambridge CB2 1JE
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1223 336265
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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    Fitzwilliam Museum
    Art Museums
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    Ines R Says:

    Founded in 1816, the Fitzwilliam Museum is the art and antiquities museum of the University of Cambridge, and contains a huge selection of applied arts, manuscripts, drawings, coins and medals, as well as Egyptian, African and Greco-Roman artefacts. Its collection of paintings - by the likes of Turner, Titian, Veronese, Rubens, Constable, Hogarth, Monet, Renoir and Picasso - is particularly outstanding, and the building itself impressive.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Admission is free, so it's always well worth a visit, even if you only have a couple of hours left.
    • Closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 187 things to do in Cambridge
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful museum 21/08/2018
    • Beautiful building 21/08/2018
    • Fitzwilliam Museum
    Address:
    Trumpington Street
    Fitzwilliam Museum
    Cambridge CB2 1RB
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1223 332900
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Pembroke College
    Educational sites, Historic Sites
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    Ines R Says:

    Established in 1347, Pembroke is one of the quaintest colleges in Cambridge. Its gatehouse is the oldest in the city, and the different courts show different periods of the school's history. Take a walk around Pembroke's lovely grounds, and you'll be taken back in time.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Pembroke has limited opening hours: You can visit from 2-5pm.
    • The library building is particularly captivating!
    • Entrance is free.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 187 things to do in Cambridge
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A college not to be missed 20/08/2018
    • My university wasn't like this! 20/08/2018
    • Pembroke College
    Address:
    Trumpington Street
    Cambridge CB2 1RF
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1223 338100
    Other:
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    Queens' College
    Educational sites, Historic Sites
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    Ines R Says:

    One of the oldest and largest colleges, Queen's was founded in 1448, and many famous scholars, such as Erasmus, have studied here. It's built on both sides of the river, and linked by the famous Mathematical Bridge. This college is home to some of the most recognisable buildings in Cambridge, including the President's Lodge (the oldest building at Cam riverside, ca. 1460) in Cloister Court. Old Court, Walnut Tree Court, the college chapel and the impressive Old Hall - all of which are also well worth visiting. Don't be fooled by the stark exterior - this is a must.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Mathematical Bridge (aka Wooden Bridge) can be best admired from Silver Street.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 187 things to do in Cambridge
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Charming 08/08/2018
    • Emblematic 10/07/2018
    • Queens' College
    Address:
    Silver Street
    Cambridge CB3 9ES
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1223 335511
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    King's College Chapel
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Educational sites
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    Ines R Says:

    A stunning masterpiece of English craftsmanship, King's College Chapel is the one attraction you don't want to miss on your visit to Cambridge. Its mind-blowing, fan-vaulted ceiling, exquisite stained-glass windows, and delicate reliefs will astound and captivate you. Constructed over the course of 90 years, this is undoubtedly one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the world - a truly spiritual experience for everyone!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you visit around 5pm, you may be lucky enough to enjoy the magnificent King's College Choir singing Evensong. Visit the website for the latest service schedule.
    • King's College can be best admired from The Backs, the strip of land on the opposite side of the river (home to a herd of cattle), and from the bridge that connects both banks.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 187 things to do in Cambridge
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Rip off 21/08/2018
    • worth the price 19/08/2018
    • King's College Chapel
    Address:
    King's Parade
    Cambridge CB2 1ST
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1223 331100
    Other:
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