Visiting Cambridge

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Cambridge, UK is known for a variety of attractions. It has a little bit of everything, from museums to parks to its striking academic buildings and rich history. Cambridge is a city brimming with culture that is on display for all to see whether you see it on an exciting tour of the National Horseracing Museum – where you can find paintings and horseracing artifacts illustrating the impressive horseracing culture that exists in Cambridge – or during an enjoyable afternoon spent lounging on the bottom of a punt, floating down the river Cam as the world-renowned Cambridge Backs lazily pass you by.

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Aside from museums for horseracing lovers, there are museums in Cambridge for those interested in the sciences, museums in Cambridge for history buffs, and museums in Cambridge for students of imperial war. These include the Museum of Cambridge, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, and many more, all of which can be found on our Museums page.

There are a multitude of things to do while visiting Cambridge when it comes to outdoor activities. Cambridge is known for its beautiful outdoor landscapes with green parks and stunning gardens. These gardens and parks are open to the public and are an aspect of Cambridge, UK that everyone should take advantage of.

Some parks in Cambridge – like Jesus Green, for instance – come with facilities such as pools, tennis courts, and skate parks, to help you enjoy an afternoon. Other parks in Cambridge are nothing more than wide open grassy areas like Parker’s Piece, one of the parks in Cambridge perfect for impromptu sports games and summertime picnics. Many parks are also close to local restaurants and pubs where you can go if you’re looking to get something to eat in Cambridge. Check them out on our Things To Do page, and see which park strikes your fancy.

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Cambridge has something for everyone, big or small! Photo by Uğur Kuray Demirel

There are also various festivals you can enjoy when visiting Cambridge that take place throughout the year, a list of which can be found in our Events tab. You can check out the speeches and demonstrations at the University of Cambridge Festival of Ideas, or you can get your healthy dose of literature at the Shakespeare Festival in July and August, watching the famous plays on the outdoor stage, mingling with the other attendees.

If theatre isn’t your thing, give the Cambridge Beer Festival a try, or stop by for a movie at the Cambridge Film Festival. Either way, you’re sure to have a memorable time.

If you’re new to the city, don’t worry! There are plenty of tours in Cambridge that will help guide you around the city until you feel right at home. Some tours in Cambridge will take you downriver via punt, while other tours in Cambridge will take you via bike through the city.

Other more unorthodox tours are sure to spice up any trip – like the Cambridge Ghost Tour or the Cambridge Food Tour. Tours are offered no matter what time of year you are visiting Cambridge, so be sure and check out the Tours to Take section of our website.

No matter what your age, no matter what your preference, there are plenty of things to do in Cambridge when you visit, so take some time to look around the site and see what you can find.

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