Attractions

There are beautiful attractions and sights to see in Cambridge UK, which are well worth a visit, from medieval colleges and churches through lots of free museums to calm big green parks along the river Cam where ducks, swans and seagulls mingle with long lines of rowing boats and punters.

King's College from above, Cambridge, England
King's College, Cambridge, England (photo by Cimexus)

Colleges in Cambridge, UK:

King’s College, Cambridge
Trinity College, Cambridge
Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Queens’ College , Cambridge
St. John’s College, Cambridge
Christ’s College, Cambridge
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Clare College, Cambridge

Parks in Cambridge, UK:
Jesus Green Park, Cambridge
University Botanic Gardens, Cambridge – functioning as a botanical garden since 1846, rock garden, green houses for exotic plants (carnivorous plants too)

Museums in Cambridge, UK:
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge – great collection of antiquities, famous paintings, English and European pottery, glass, furniture, etc. in a fascinating building
Sedgwick Museum, Cambridge – fossils, minerals, etc. on display
Museum of Zoology, Cambridge – birds, insects, marine animals
Polar Museum, Cambridge – objects of the history of polar exploration (North Pole, South Pole)
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge – exciting collection of ethnographic objects, social anthropology, etc.
Folk Museum, Cambridge, UK – life in the past in Cambridgeshire, England
Whipple Museum, Cambridge, UK – science museum with rare scientific inventions and tools
Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, UK –  a world famous lab and a small museum

Market Square from Great St Mary's, Cambridge UK
Market Square from Great St Mary's, Cambridge (photo by Steve Day)

Churches in Cambridge, UK:
Great St Mary’s, Cambridge – in the old medieval church you can get an excellent view over the colleges and marketplace in Cambridge
The Round Church, Cambridge – one of the few Norman round churches in England
St Edward’s Church (Church of England)
St Botolph’s Church (Church of England)

Famous Buildings in Cambridge, UK
Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (Castle Street) – a fine collection of modern art, sculpture, furniture, etc. from the 20th century
Fitzbillies Bakery – an old bakery in a Georgian building in Trumpington street, Cambridge

Punting on the River Cam to see the Backs - Cambridge, England
Punting on the River Cam - Cambridge, England (photo by Cimexus)

Tudor House with a timber frame in Bridge Street, Cambridge
Cambridge Arts Picture House
Cambridge Arts Theatre
Cambridge Corn Exchange
Cambridge Tourist Information Centre – several tourists recommend the tourist office as the first place to go (city maps, tourist guides, sightseeing tours, current events, festivals etc.)

Further Sights in Cambridge, UK
River Cam – the river, after which Cambridge was named, flows through the town with beautiful attractions along the riverside. There are many nice barges along the river in addition to the boats, punts, canoes and kayaks (and the river folks – swans, ducks, sea gulls etc.). It can be funny to watch how first time punters are coping with steering the punt.
The Backs – the rear side of the famous colleges in Cambridge, UK
Mathematical Bridge, Cambridge – a popular small wooden bridge between two parts of Queens’ College, Cambridge
American Cemetery and Memorial, Cambridge – a cemetery of the American soldiers who gave their lives during WW II
Bridge of Sighs, Cambridge – a beautiful stone bridge from 1831 of St John’s College of Cambridge University.
Corpus Clock: a big golden clock with a fearful grasshopper at the corner of Corpus Christi College.
DNA Plaque, Cambridge – the plaque of the DNA Double Helix on the wall of the Eagles Pub
Orchard Tea House, Grantchester – a tea house with lots of seats under beautiful fragrant apple trees (officially in a neighbouring village called Grantchester and not in Cambridge, but this nice tea house is so close to the town, that it must be listed here too).
Market Square – a colourful little market in the heart of the city
Mill Road – an opportunity to do some shopping in unique local shops in Cambridge

Further attractions close to the city of Cambridge:

Milton Country Park, Milton, Cambridgeshire
Orchard Tea House, Grantchester, Cambridgeshire – frequented by Byron and Rupert Brooke
Wimpole Hall, Arrington Royston – a beautiful 17th century estate of 3,000-acre, half an hour drive from Cambridge
Linton Zoo, Linton, Cambridgeshire – frequented by lots of children and happy parents
Linton Falls, Linton, Cambridgeshire – the largest waterfall on the River Wharfe

and if you don’t mind travelling a bit more to the countryside in the vicinity of Cambridge, you can see:

Crooked House in Lavenham, Cambridgeshire UK
Crooked House in Lavenham, Cambridgeshire (photo by Cimexus)

Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire
St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St. Edmunds, Cambridgeshire
Ickworth House, Bury St. Edmunds, Cambridgeshire
Moyse’s Hall, Bury St. Edmunds, Cambridgeshire
Abbey Ruins and Botanical Gardens, Bury St. Edmunds, Cambridgeshire – Benedictine abbey’s ruins, with a surviving Norman Gate Tower, the Abbot’s Bridge over the River Lark, and some smaller ruins all within the botanical garden, aviary, children’s playground
Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden, Cambridgeshire – a 17th century mansion once owned by Charles II. You can take a nice walk in the park and in the Victorian gardens. There are exhibits focusing on the lives of servants in the late 19th century (the Service Wing, old kitchen, scullery, game larder, stables with old saddles and Victorian riding costumes).
Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire
Oliver Cromwell’s House, Ely, Cambridgeshire
Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire – 12th-13th century cathedral with lots of light, with amazing Romanesque painting (monsters, saints, bishops, and kings mingle in the medieval paintings) and Catherine of Aragon under the ground. The west front features 3 soaring arches of about 26 m (85 feet).

Special sights further away from Cambridge UK
Orford Ness Nature Preserve, Orford – a two hour drive from Cambridge, beaches and salt marshes where you can see migrating as well as native birds, tractor-drawn trailer tours available from July to September. Once in Orford you can take a look at the Orford Castle too.
Framlingham Castle, Woodbridge – roughly 1.5 hour drive from Cambridge to the moated castle of Woodbrige, England, curtain wall with 13 towers with fake Tudor chimneys. The castle is a popular summer venue for open air concerts and reenactments
Roman amphitheatre, Colchester – approx. 1.5 hour drive from Cambridge – the modest remains of a 3,000-seat theatre from the ancient Roman times
St. George’s Guildhall, King’s Lynn – approx. 1 hour drive from Cambridge – the largest medieval guildhall with frequent contemporary art exhibitions

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