We asked our colleagues, all local folks, to tell us about their favourite things to do in Cambridge. If you’re visiting for a conference or event and you’ve covered off the tourist hotspots take some time to explore deeper…you won’t be disappointed!
- Punting on the Upper River. This is a quieter route through beautiful unspoilt countryside to the quintessential English village of Granchester – the location for the ITV detective drama of the same name.
- In summer, take a swim in the Jesus Green Lido, one of the longest outdoor pools in Europe.
- Get off the beaten track to walk the Cambridge Sculpture Trail…the city has 70 works of 20th and 21st century sculpture in public sites. Discover installations by Antony Gormley, Barbara Hepworth and many others.
- See a star before they’re famous with a ticket for a Footlights Smoker performance – established in 1882, this student amateur dramatic society launched the careers of many famous actors and comedians: Emma Thompson and John Cleese to name just two.
- Grab a picnic from Cambridge’s famous Fitzbillies eatery and pick a spot to watch the world go by – we’ve got 4,900 acres of green space to choose from!
- On winter Wednesdays, go stargazing at the University’s Institute of Astronomy, its free and there’s no need to book!
- Head south of the city to visit the Gog Magog Downs, known locally as the Gogs. Visit Wandlebury Country Park, steeped in legend and myth. On clear days there are great views of the city and even Ely!
- Enjoy a game of Real Tennis. Cambridge is home to two of the UK’s last remaining Real Tennis Courts. The first of the two courts opened in 1866; the club is considered one of the best places to play in the world!
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