The iconic, historic city of Cambridge has oodles of things to see and do. With buzzing markets, independent and high street shops, an ever-growing food scene, historic landmarks and loads more, you will have no problem filling your time . Here, we share our local knowledge for the perfect day trip to Cambridge, including the things you really should not miss.
Where to shop:
Cambridge has many shopping areas to choose from. For high street shops, head for the City Centre and the Grand Arcade. You will also find many wonderful independents in the centre so wander the cobbled streets and enjoy the beautiful university buildings as you pass them. Visit the The Markets for arts and crafts stalls, vintage clothing, artisan foods and drink producers. The Grafton Centre offers larger stores, and has a developing food court upstairs.
Don’t miss a visit to Mill Road. It is slightly out of the city centre but is well worth the walk. Here you will find a diverse range of independent businesses offering exciting food and drink. Stroll around delis and international supermarkets, or take a break at one of the fabulous coffee shops. More about Mill Road here.
Where to eat:
Cambridge has a buzzing food scene so, whether it is for a quick bite or a special night out, you have oodles of choice in this city. There has been a recent surge in independent restaurants and food producers opening their doors so eat, drink and be merry! Many of our local recommendations feature in the Waitrose Good Food Guide so visit with high expectations.
Don’t miss the famous Chelsea buns at Fitzbillies, or the delicious vegan fast food at Doppleganger. If you can fit in an evening meal, having a tasting menu at either Restuarant 22 or Vanderlyle is a real treat.
Where to drink:
Once the house of E.M.Forster, the Pint Shop is packed with locally brewed beers and plenty of gin too. Meals here are also very good. Smokeworks Tap is a good stop-off for a great quality drink and next door neighbour to the tasty food at Smokeworks. The Eagle is the oldest pub in Cambridge and is steeped in History.
Don’t miss a trip a Mill Road and the fabulous cocktails at Bar 196. Sharing platters are also available.
What to see and do:
For galleries and museums, head to small but beautifully formed Kettles Yard which has many interesting exhibitions. The Fitzwilliam Museum offers free admission so visit and enjoy many fascinating antiques and works of art from all over the world. The Scott Polar Research Museum is also an interesting venue. You may have enjoyed the televised Christmas Carols at Kings College, so a visit to the college itself?
Don’t miss the famous punting! Choose to punt yourself or alternatively go for the chauffeured option. Take a picnic and sit back and enjoy the beautiful sights!
Where to sleep:
If you are lucky enough to stay the night in Cambridge, how about a touch of decadence? Choose from one of the luxury hotels in Cambridge featured in our post here. These hotels are all centrally based so are only a gentle stroll after your day of eating, punting and shopping!
Don’t miss a stay out of the city at restaurant MJP which combines excellent food with a quality room. Eat and take just a few steps to your bed!
We hope that you enjoy your day trip to Cambridge. What did you enjoy the most? Let us know in the comments below!