If you’re visiting Cambridge, this beautiful university city won’t disappoint. Combining a rich historical backdrop with modernity, Cambridge will leave a lasting impression. Make sure you avoid the hassle of sourcing comfortable, quality accommodation during your stay, with stunning places like Signet Apartments as the perfect base for your explorations. Read on to learn about some fantastic places you can visit, with a bit of something to suit every taste.
You’re in one of the top places for the diversity and quality of good old-fashioned bookshops. Housing one of the top UK universities, Cambridge offers its visitors a wonderful outlet for even the most dedicated book enthusiast. Here are a few suggestions to whet your appetite.
- The Haunted Bookshop – Meet their single ghost. Enjoy the books stacked in piles, plus there’s classic children’s fiction upstairs.
- Cambridge University Press Bookshop – Situated on the world’s oldest bookshop site. Get your academia fix here.
- Books for Amnesty – Rare books, maps and classics in Greek and Latin.
- Heffers – Sited opposite Trinity College, this is a must visit for all bookworms.
If you fancy a tasty meal in a convivial atmosphere, why not pay a visit to The Snug? Indulge in a post-prandial cocktail or take advantage of their half-price cocktails between 3 pm and 9 pm. Other popular bars include:
- La Raza – Genteel elegance and a glass of something sparkling.
- Hotel du Vin – Ask their sommeliers for the perfect tipple, relaxing in the bar or diner.
- All Bar One – A perfect lunch stop off during a busy sightseeing schedule.
Cambridge has no shortage of museums and The Polar Museum is part of the impressive Scott Polar Research Institute. There’s a wealth of exhibits including photographs and archival research on polar expeditions, plus sculptures in the museum grounds. Here are several other recommendations.
- University Museum of Zoology – Bursting with artefacts from the natural world, plus skeletons!
- Farmland Museum – 17th century stone barn, among many other notable exhibits.
- Cambridge Court Room – History of Cambridge and its courts.
There are so many in Cambridge but you could start with Mathematical Bridge, a Grade II listed wooden structure – the complex arrangement of the timber into arcs lends its name. Other places of interest include:
- Corpus Clock – Named one of Time’s best inventions in 2008!
- Queens’ College – Founded in 1448, it’s one of the smaller colleges, retaining its medieval aura.
- Market Square – Abundant stalls selling fresh food, books and much more!
Unwind with a picnic in one of the beautiful parks Cambridge has to offer. The Backs combines landscaping with tranquillity, while the River Cam meanders gently through the city. Also, check out Byron’s Pool and Parker’s Piece.