Cambridge - what to see and how best to see it 

Cambridge is our town. Enchanting, captivating? Overcrowded, overpriced? Everyone seems to have a different view of Cambridge depending on the weather - and in Cambridge that's a lot of different views! But it really is a very special place if you know where to look. Here are a few of our recommendations to maximise your time here.

Here's what to see and do and how best to do it.


 Tours of Cambridge 
Roots' Grand Cambridge Tour
Our own private guided tour by minicoach of the entire city and to places of interest nearby. See...  
Punting Tour
The must-see way to view the university colleges from a boat on the River Cam. >More info.
Walking Tour
The best way to learn more about the University and see into the college buildings. >More info.
Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour
Daily public bus tours of the city with audio-guide, 19 stops and regular departures. >More info.
Bike Tour
See more of the city than on foot including the quaint village of Grantchester. >More info.
Running Tour
An energetic way to see more of the city than on foot. Guided tours across the city. >More info.
Food Tour
Sample the gastronomic delights on a guided journey across the city. >More info.
Boat Tour
Public boat tours on the lower River Cam past the college boathouses out of the city. >More info.
Ghost Tour
Discover the dark side of Cambridge. Prepare to be scared! >More info.
 Highlight attractions 
Botanic Gardens
16 hectares of fabulous University research gardens and glasshouses. >More info.
Fitzwilliam Museum
One of the greatest art collections of the nation. Free entry, closed on Mondays. >More info.
Cambridge University Colleges
Stunning architecture, rich in history: St. John's & Trinity are arguably the best to visit. >More info.
King's College Chapel
The most impressive building in Cambridge with the world's largest fan-vaulted roof. >More info.
 Highlight activities  
Evensong at King's Chapel
King's is famed for its choral services. 5.30pm evensong is a Cambridge tradition. >More info.
Punting on the River Cam
Unmissable! Choose a guided punt tour (see above) or self-hire and punt yourself! >More info.
View from Great St.Mary's Church
Central city church tower with great views across the city & college buildings below. >More info.
Cream Tea at The Orchard
Sitting in deck chairs in an orchard of apple trees in the pretty village of Grantchester. >More info.
 Other attractions  
Cambridge University Museums
Free museums of Archaeology, Anthropology, Zoology, History of Science... >More info.
Cambridge Science Centre
Interactive, hands-on science museum for inquisitive youngsters. >More info.
Museum of Cambridge
Interesting museum detailing the everyday life of Cambridge people since 1700. >More info.
Kettle's Yard
Beautiful house holding the University's modern and contemporary art gallery. >More info.
Cambridge University Library
Themed exhibitions of books, manuscripts and maps from the library collection. >More info.
The Round Church
12th century architecture and one of only four round churches in England. >More info.
Mathematical Bridge
Erroneously attributed to Isaac Newton the bridge links buildings of Queen's College. >More info.
Corpus 'Time-Eater' Clock
Exquisite engineering to produce a unique and breathtaking clock. >More info.
 Other activities  
Visit an historic pub
So many to choose from! The Eagle (DNA), The Pickerel, The Mill, The Anchor... >More info.
Visit to Wittgenstein's Grave
The famous early 20th century philosopher is buried near to the city centre. >More info.
See the stars at the Astronomy Dept.
Public open evenings (every Wed) with talks and star-gazing with modern telescopes. >More info.
Walk to Grantchester Village
Easy walk from the city along the River Cam through Grantchester Meadows. >More info.
City view from Castle Mound
Free view over the city from the site of the old Norman castle. >More info.
Cambridge Sculpture Trails
Three walking trails to pieces of sculpture in historic and modern Cambridge. >More info.
 Festivals & Events 
Cambridge Folk Festival
The UK's largest folk music festival in late July headlining acts from all over the world. More info.
Cambridge Beer Festival
The larger summer festival is held in late May in large marquees on Jesus Green. More info.
Strawberry Fair
Cambridge's largest free one-day festival of music and the performing arts. Early June. >More info.
May Bumps
Rowing races held on the River Cam in June (!) between local clubs and the colleges. More info.
The Big Weekend
Free summer music festival held on Parker's Piece in early July. More info.
Cambridge Comedy Festival
Some of Britain's favourite comedians prepare for the Edinburgh Festival. Late July. >More info.
 Sights nearby 
American Cemetery
Evocative memorial to the US soldiers who died in WWII in this region of the war. >More info.
Imperial War Museum, Duxford
The largest war and aviation museum in Europe with spectacular air shows. >More info.
Anglesey Abbey
Old country house on the outskirts of Cambridge with fabulous gardens. >More info.
National Stud, Newmarket
See behind the scenes of a busy, commercial stud farm breeding racehorses. >More info.
Audley End, Saffron Walden
Often visited by royalty, now one of the finest Jacobean houses in England. >More info.
North Norfolk Coast
Pretty villages, enormous beaches and sand dunes, a birdwatcher's paradise. >More info.
Chilford Hall Vineyard
One of England's oldest established vineyards producing award-winning wines. >More info.
Suffolk Wool Towns
Once some of the richest villages in England that profited from the medieval wool trade.>More info.
Ely Cathedral
'The Ship of the Fens', an awe-inspiring 900-year old cathedral just 15 mins by train. >More info.
Wicken Fen Nature Reserve
One of Europe's most important wetlands with an abundance of wildlife. >More info.
Grimes Graves
The grassy lunar landscape of a 5000 year-old prehistoric flint mine. >More info.
Wimpole Hall
Impressive mansion with wonderful gardens and a traditional farmyard to explore. >More info.
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