We had the privilege of visiting Oxford this spring, but Cambridge completely stole our hearts. We set out to Cambridge on a bright early Sunday morning from Finsbury Park for our short (hour-ish) train ride to Cambridge railway station. Before I could properly settle into my book we had arrived.
Upon arrival, I was unsure about whether I arrived at the correct Cambridge or not, as the University and all of the “old buildings” are not adjacent to the train station. It’s easy to assume that modernity has not taken over these old university towns, as I expected cobbled streets as soon as I stepped out of the station! The University is about a 20 min walk from the train station. We chose to head over by way of Station Road to Hills road, then Lensfield to Trumpington Road. An alternate route is to head straight down Hill Road all the way, as it converts to Regent Street.
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Here’s my guide for spending a day out in Cambridge.
Hope Street Yard
Is the place to go to for antiques and vintage goods as it’s filled with independent traders. Some have been here since the 70’s. Take your time and have a scout about. Related: 11 Things to Do and See in Stoke Newington
Cambridge Botanical Gardens
have been around since 1846!
Was hands down my favourite place in Cambridge for VERY obvious reasons. I’m a sucker for a good pastry. Fitzbillies is known for its world famous sticky bun and is a Cambridge legend. The recipe for the famous Fitzbillies Chelsea bun is a secret so don’t expect any hints while on a visit. Inside, Sonny had the pancakes with maple syrup and bacon, while I went for the English breakfast. Both selections were fantastic, and we had a delicious Choux bun to go. Come in for a cake takeaway or take a seat at their cafe and don’t forget to peruse their wonderful window display.
An impressive free Cambridge museum that gave me some serious GOT vibes with swords and ancient war artifacts from all over the globe, across a range of historical periods. Their Museum of Antiquities is associated with the University.
Here you will find beautiful gardens and parks along the river.
Kings College, Trinity College, St John’s College
Mathematical Bridge + Punting
Grade II listed building that connects Queen’s College.
The Tower at Great St. Mary’s Church
Has the best view in Cambridge. Admission is £5 and is well worth the narrow climb all the way up. If you are claustrophobic I do not recommend this.
The Eagle Pub
One of the oldest pubs in Cambridge and has a connection to World War II as British and American airmen used it as a meeting place.
Outdoor market stalls open 7 days a week
Bridge of Sighs
One of four medieval round churches that’s actually still in use
Samuel Pepys personal 17th Century Library
another fun local pub frequented by many University students. Fair pricing for a pint and pub food.
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