Days out and breaks can get really expensive. Luckily, there are many interesting free things to do in Cambridge, inside and out, including great quality museums, galleries, and sights. When in this wonderful city, here are 10 ideas for brilliant and free things to do in Cambridge.
1.Walk or cycle the city:
Enjoy the beautiful architecture and take in plenty of fresh air by walking or cycling around the city sights. Use the interactive cycle route map of Cambridge to plot your route and see the beautiful, historic university buildings. Walking is easy in the city as the centre is accessible on foot so wander the street and take in the sights. Ideas for walks in Cambridge here.
2.Visit the Fitzwilliam:
The Fitzwilliam Museum has collections of amazing artefacts, paintings and works of art. The exhibitions change regularly, so even those who have been before enjoy a return visit. A recent exhibition was Feast and Fast which presented the history and culture of food and eating. A great day out for all of the family and city centre based so east to get to. Free entrance too!
3.Take in the Kettles Yard Gallery:
Cambridge has excellent places of culture to visit and many of them are free. One of our favourites is the small but beautifully formed Kettles Yard gallery. The gallery has a collection of art and also a regularly changing exhibitions of modern art.
4.Go to the American military cemetery:
The American WW2 military cemetery is a favourite with visitors to the city. The 30 acres of land, donated by the University in 1956, contains the remains of 3,811 war dead and another 5,127 names of missing American soldiers on its monument. Free entry.
5.Other free museums:
Other fabulous museums include The Scott Polar Museum, University of Zoology, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and Duxford Air Museum, and the Centre for Computing History. Find more about the museums in Cambridge here.
6.Visit the Gogs:
The Gogs are ridges of low chalk hills to the southeast of Cambridge. Some 163 acres, this is a top choice for walkers wanting beautiful open spaces. See the website for routes and information of parking etc. The Gogs can be accessed from different starting points, for example Stapleford or Great Shelford.
7.Climb the castle mound:
The Castle Mound, officially known as Cambridge Castle, is a grassy mound that was the site of the Roman town of Duroliponte, originally an Iron Age hill fort. Climb up the mound and enjoy the views over Cambridge. On a clear day you can see for miles.
8.The Mathematical Bridge:
The mathematical bridge was designed is 1748 and built in 1749 by James Essex. It bridges the river Cam in central Cambridge and has been rebuilt twice since its original build, but to the same design and always from wood. Its sophisticated geometrical engineer deign gives its status and name.
9.The Corpus Clock:
The Corpus Clock made its first appearance in 2008 and is a beautiful addition to the city centre. It is located at the junction of Bene’t Street and Trumpington Street, looking out over King’s Parade. The clock was invented, designed and given to Corpus Christi College by Dr John C Taylor OBE FREng (an old fellow of the university). It is intricate and beautiful but some also find the concept of it quite disturbing. It is a reminder that life is constantly passing by as we move towards death. On top of the beautiful clock sits a ‘Chronophage’, meaning ‘time-eater’. The clock is also know as the grasshopper clock due to the creature ‘s grasshopper or locust like appearance.
10.Climb St Mary’s Tower:
The views over the city from the top of The Church of St Mary the Great’s tower, after a 123 step steep climb, are fabulous. The gothic church, dating back to 1205, is beautiful and gives your spectacular views over Kings college and the University buildings. Most definitely worth a visit and finishing at the Michael House café which serves delicious food.
What are you favourite free things to do in Cambridge? Let us know in the comments below.