Top 10 things to do in Cambridge – Summer 2021
If you’re visiting Cambridge this summer, here’s our top ten list of activities to enjoy (as voted by the team at Trinity Hall Events):
- Views from above – climb the 123 steps of the tower at Great St Mary’s Church at the corner of the market place and experience some magnificent 360 views of our historic city.
- King’s College Chapel – breathtaking, awe inspiring and drop dead gorgeous! Revel in this marvel of gothic architecture (pre-booking essential).
- Punting along the Cam – beat the crowds and opt for an early morning or evening punt along the Cam (pictured above from Trinity Hall). If you’re self-punting we recommend taking a towel (just in case you fall into the river).
- Cambridge Colleges – cross the river over Garret Hostel Lane Bridge and walk along the Backs of the Colleges while taking in the iconic riverside views including Trinity Hall’s Jerwood Library and King’s College Chapel. If you’d like to explore further, check in advance of your visit which Colleges are open to visitors (pre-booking is advised).
- Brunch at one of our independent coffee shops – you’re spoilt for choice with Cambridge’s vibrant independent coffee shop scene. Our summer favourites in the city centre include dining al fresco at the Copper Kettle opposite King’s College or enjoying Bould Brothers Coffee in the grounds of the historic Round Church. If you fancy a jaunt out of town, the Kerb Kollective on Riverside and Stir Coffee Shop on Chesterton Road offer outdoor seating and delicious treats.
- Walking, cycling or scooter tours – with so much historic architecture and wonderful open spaces, Cambridge lends itself to being explored outdoors. Our team recently enjoyed a walking Blue Badge tour of Cambridge and we learnt so much!
- Jesus Green Lido – on a hot summer’s day there’s no better place to be than Jesus Green Lido. It’s one of the few remaining lidos built across the country during the 1920s. Attracting both locals and visitors alike, the relaxed atmosphere and poolside cafe add to the continental feel of this experience.
- Rainy day options – as well as exploring the treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum and the latest exhibition at Kettle’s Yard, a tour of Kettle’s Yard House is a must-see, a truly ‘beautiful house filled with beautiful objects’. Meanwhile, a visit to the David Parr House gives a fascinating insight into the Arts & Crafts era. We recently enjoyed a virtual tour and were blown away by the intricately crafted interiors of this hidden gem.
- Venture out to Grantchester or Fen Ditton – walk along the river to Grantchester or Fen Ditton, taking in the beautiful views along the way. Reward your exertions with a visit to one of the classic village pubs or treat yourself to a cream tea amid the apple trees at the famous Orchard Tea Rooms at Grantchester – it’d be rude not to!
- Cocktails & mixology– one of our favourite new places for cocktails is The Orator at the Cambridge Union. If you’re feeling saintly, the mocktails are good too! Or you could book a masterclass with the mixologists at the Cambridge Gin Distillery. As we found at a recent masterclass, the scientific knowledge of their mixologists will blow your mind and your taste buds!
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