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Things to do in Cambridge

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“One of my favourite museums that is free to visit (closed Mondays). It has a bit of everything from Monet to ancient Egypt.”
  • 89 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“This is a cross between a gallery and a museum. It has different shows and is a bit quirky but lots of famous artists love it.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Interesting place, good to walk around, learn about plants, has a cafe. They also do a range of educational courses.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Park
“Jesus Green, close to Jesus College, is a green space in the city centre. The River Cam brushes its northern edge and an avenue of London plane trees provides a leafy canopy over footpaths.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Cinema
“A great cafe/bar and 3 screens showing current and some more Independent films.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Grand Arcade Shopping Centre in Cambridge, UK is the leading shopping destination with 60 luxury and high street retailers over 3 floors.”
  • 13 locals recommend
School
“It’s worth going to evensong whilst you are in Cambridge -kings is the most famous with their choristers singing on Christmas Eve every year as a live broadcast.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Premise
“King’s College Chapel is a masterpiece of English craftsmanship. It’s part of one of the oldest Cambridge colleges sharing a wonderful sense of history and tradition with the rest of the University. It was founded by Henry VI in 1441, and includes an elaborate fan-vault ceiling, magnificent stained-glass windows and Ruben's masterpiece, The Adoration of the Magi. Visit King’s College Chapel and you’ll also see an exhibition in the northern side chapels which shows why and how the chapel was built in pictures, works of art and models.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Cinema
“Best seats ever! Loads of room and seats that extent up to lie flat to enjoy the film! (Caution - you may fall asleep!)”
  • 11 locals recommend
Café
“Having walked along the River Cam for a bit why not stop at the Orchard Tea Gardens for a relax, some lunch, or even a cream tea. Really lovely place especially on a dry sunny day when you can sit out on the deck chairs, taking in the atmosphere under the apple trees.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is the most visited pub in the centre of Cambridge. It's also called DNA Historic pub. The historic pub where scientists first announced they had discovered the structure of DNA is set to be revamped. In February 1953, a jubilant Francis Crick walked into The Eagle in Cambridge and proclaimed he and James Watson had "found the secret of life". An opportunity to take a photo. The pub, which opened in the 17th Century and was originally called The Eagle and Child, was a regular haunt for RAF servicemen in World War Two. Their memories were left on one of the ceilings. It has also great food. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Corn Exchange & City Centre Box Office offers tickets for a range of live events in Cambridge Corn Exchange and elsewhere in the city, including music gigs and concerts, comedy, theatrical productions and various other performances. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Field
“An ancient area of grassland bordered by the River Cam, where you can see the boathouses of the Colleges of the University and watch the rowers on the water.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Route
“On top of clothing and shoes you can find a cinema, a couple of restaurants on the first floor, a pharmacy (Boots), electronics stores - all sorts!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Café
“Hot Numbers Coffee has 2 locations, both fabulous and as expected very busy. Another family owned and operated indy, the owner is an absolute stand-up gent - Simon is coffee roaster by day, DJ by night. Also an avid collector of vintage motorcycles and coffee machines which are now on display at his roastery in Stapleford Granary, CB22 5BP. Take a little bike ride out to Haslingfield and you can visit his wife Nilu's cafe - the Moringa Tree. Haslingfield is also an idyllic little english village much smaller than Cambridge with church grounds, and a gift shop. Well worth the visit!”
  • 31 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“A great cafe just around the corner. They serve all day brunches, great smoothies and coffees and have a bakery next door selling delicious sour dough bread. Every Saturday the serve pizza made by the bakery. Also a good place to work. ”
  • 27 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“This is the most visited pub in the centre of Cambridge. It's also called DNA Historic pub. The historic pub where scientists first announced they had discovered the structure of DNA is set to be revamped. In February 1953, a jubilant Francis Crick walked into The Eagle in Cambridge and proclaimed he and James Watson had "found the secret of life". An opportunity to take a photo. The pub, which opened in the 17th Century and was originally called The Eagle and Child, was a regular haunt for RAF servicemen in World War Two. Their memories were left on one of the ceilings. It has also great food. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Hotel
“Lovely for. Drink on their roof top bar in nice weather. Also a lovely place for afternoon tea if you fancy splashing out. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Restaurant
“2-star Michelin. Modern British. 2018 will be Midsummer House’s 20th anniversary and its history is fascinating. This Victorian villa is on Midsummer Common on the banks of the River Cam amongst a number of Cambridge University Colleges. The service matches the cooking, the wine list is majestic but the bill can be a little wince-worthy. Its style is theatrical and melding of utter technical brilliance with a wild imagination, this restaurant is among the most unforgettably good in Britain today, and it would be unpardonably vulgar to put a price on that. Simply our favourite​ place to eat in Cambridge for a special occasion​ - book well in advance!”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bar
“Traditional pub with Inglenook fireplaces, oak beams and views over the River Cam. Address: Midsummer Common, Cambridgeshire CB4 1HA Hours: Sunday12–10:30pm Monday11am–11pm Tuesday11am–11pm Wednesday11am–11pm Thursday11am–11pm Friday11am–11pm Saturday11am–11pm Menu: fortstgeorge-cambridge.co.uk Phone: 01223 354327”
  • 19 locals recommend
African Restaurant
“My personal favourite place to eat in Cambridge. Traditional Algerian food set in an amazing atmospheric setting. This is a family run restaurant, the service and quality of food is outstanding! Worth making a reservation as can get busy.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Pub
“Relaxed and cosy atmosphere for drinks, coffee, lunch and dinner - good meeting place.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Open all day long! Breakfast, lunch and dinner - just down the road from us, casual French classic cuisine.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Very cosy bar and decent restaurant serving lunches and dinner and very close to home. Dog-friendly too! ”
  • 11 locals recommend

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