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How to spend a weekend in Cambridge; one the most beautiful cities in the UK, famous for punting and being the home of the second oldest university in the English-speaking world and the fourth in the world. King’s College Chapel is also found in Cambridge where the choir is broadcast live every year singing Christmas carols.

1. Senate House Passage and Trinity Lane

Walk about 2/3 of the way down Senate House Passage and then turn around (so you are facing King’s Parade) for a beautiful view looking down the passage at Gonville and Caius College. The passage turns into Trinity Lane, a curving lane with beautiful buildings. Students come down the lane to reach Clare College and King’s College, which are located here and if you visit towards the end of June and early July, look out for the graduates in their smart robes!

Top Tip: Go early/late to avoid crowds

Senate House Passage
Senate House Passage
Trinity Lane
Trinity Lane
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2. Jesus Green, Midsummer Common and Parker’s Piece (including Reality Checkpoint!)

If you’re ready for a break from the busy city or a looking for somewhere to picnic or have a relaxing stroll, then head to one of these lush green areas that are all centrally located but once there, you don’t realise that you are still in the city!

Set in the middle of Parker’s Piece is a decorated lamppost named Reality Checkpoint. No one is quite sure of why it was named this but one theory is that it has been the site of inventions, including the rules of football and predictions such as how important cars were going to become. Whether or not this is true, it is still fun to look at!

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Jesus Green
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Midsummer Common
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Parker’s Piece
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3. Trinity College, King’s College (and Chapel) and Clare College

Spend some time wandering the side streets of Cambridge and admiring these world famous university buildings. It is possible to visit all the Colleges and to take a tour of Kin’s College Chapel where the Christmas Carol convert is televised live every year.

Top Tip: Tickets can be pre-booked online to skip the queues!

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Clare College

4. Round Church (Church of the Holy Sepulchre)

This Anglican Church was built in 1130 and was inspired by the shape of the Holy Sepulchre Church in Jerusalem, Israel. A rare and beautiful building as most churches don’t tend to be round, so pop in and have a look!

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5. Great St. Mary’s Church

Located in the city centre, just past King’s College Chapel is this beautiful Christian Church whose main draw is its famous tower.

The bells can be seen when you visit the tower. The bellringers, The Society of Cambridge Youth dates back to 1724 and is the oldest bellringing society in the country.The University installed the church clock in 1793. It chimes are known as the Westminster Chime and was composed by 2 undergraduates just after its installation.

This church was the first home of the University and was used for lectures and celebrations

Climb the 123 steps for breath-taking views across Cambridge, including the Colleges and the market with its pretty, striped awnings.

Tickets are ยฃ6 and don’t need to be pre booked. Opening times can be viewed here.

Top Tip: Pick up a leaflet before you start your climb as it shows you all the different things you will see from the top

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View
View

6. Punting

You can’t visit Cambridge and not go for a punt! You can either hire a punt and try it yourself (try not to fall in the river!) or book a tour.

We booked with Lets Go Punting who were brilliant. We sat at the front and enjoyed a relaxing and peaceful put tour along the River Cam with a very knowledgeable guide!

We saw lots of sights including the Wren Library, Mathematical Bridge (mentioned later), Bridge of Sighs (only possible to see from a punt unless you pay to enter St. John’s College) King’s College from the back, Magdalene College and beautiful student accommodation.

Top Tip: Choose a sunny day and take a G&T or a Pimms to enjoy during the tour

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Off we go!
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Magdalene College
Punt
Punt
The Wren Library
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Bridge of Sighs
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7. Mathematical Bridge

This is an unusual looking bridge that joins 2 sections of Queen’s College and can be seen from either a punting tour or from the road.

Top Tip: Try and get a picture with a punter underneath!

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8. Magdalene (pronounced Maudlin) Street

This is a lovely street in central Cambridge with a colourful row of shops and beautiful old buildings. The street leads to Magdalene bridge and this is where the original bridge used to be situated. It was called Bridge over Cam and this was his Cambridge gained its name.

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9. Walk along The Backs

If you’d like a peaceful walk but don’t want to miss anything or are just looking for a different angle, then head on down to The Backs. Here you will be amazed with the beautiful of the backs of the Colleges and the Wren Library. My favourite view is still King’s College though!

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Cafes, Bars and Restaurants in Cambridge

  • The Pickerel Inn

Located on the River Cam with a beautiful beer garden (unfortunately no river view), this pub has been around since 1632, making it the oldest licensed alehouse in Cambridge.

Rumour has it, that this pub has a resident ghost, the spirit of a previous landlady who drowned in the Cam. In its past life, the Pickerel had quite a colourful history as it has been known to be a gin palace, an undertakers, a opium den and a brothel!

2 of its well known patrons include C.S. Lewis (the Narnia Chronicles) and J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings)

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Try a gin cocktail
  • Novi

A restaurant and bar, complete with roof terrace that serves a mix of Asian cuisine and delicious cocktails. We just went for the cocktails and ordered a Zombie and a Margarita, both of which were beautifully presented and tasted fab!

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Fab!
  • The Eagle

This is a pub that dates back to 1667 and is filled with history. During WW2, the RAF and American pilots would visit here and write their names on the walls so that they wouldn’t be forgotten. Head in to the RAF bar to have a look.

The Eagle is also the site where James Watson and Francis Crick discovered DNA and celebrated.

There is a lovely ambience inside this pub with several small panelled rooms decorated with pictures from days gone by

Top Tip: Book a table as it can become busy as there is a theatre next door.

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  • Espresso Library

A vibrant cafe with comfy sofas, located on the other side of Parker’s Piece near the leisure centre. A great place to go for brunch (it fills you right up!) or even lunch or dinner. The Welsh rarebit was fabulous!

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Welsh Rarebit
Welsh Rarebit
  • The Old Bicycle Shop

As well as serving a delicious brunch, the Old Bicycle Shop is also know for its delicious dinners.

The walls are adorned with recycled bicycle parts and there is a lovely relaxed vibe. You can even borrow some games from behind the till to play while you have drinks!

Top Tip: This gets busy so be sure to book a table

Eggs Royal
Eggs Royal
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  • Benet’s

Just head on up to the second floor and enjoy your coffee and cake while overlooking the stunning view of King’s College

  • Jack’ Gelato

Absolutely delicious, need I say more?!

For apps to book a table, check out my Handy Travel Apps page

C.King

Brit girl on a bummel. A solo female traveller accompanied by her camera, aiming to see as much of the world as possible and sharing what she's learnt along the way!

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