Top 10 things to do in Cambridge – Summer 2022

If you’re visiting Cambridge this summer, here’s our top ten of activities to do (as voted by the team at Trinity Hall):

  1. River life – the River Cam is the place to be in Cambridge in the summer. There are many ways to access/cross the river at different points in the centre or out in Grantchester if you fancy venturing further afield. Beat the crowds and opt for an early morning or evening guided punt along the Cam (pictured above with Trinity Hall). If you’re self-punting we recommend taking a towel (just in case you fall in!).
  2. Cambridge Colleges – cross the river over Garret Hostel Lane Bridge (pictured above) and walk along the Backs of the Colleges while taking in the iconic riverside views including Trinity Hall’s Jerwood Library (pictured above) and King’s College Chapel. If you’d like to explore further, check individual College opening times and admission costs in advance of your visit (pre-booking is advised for many). 
  3. King’s College Chapel – breathtaking, awe inspiring and drop dead gorgeous! Revel in this marvel of gothic architecture (pre-booking essential). To make the most of your visit, we’d recommend booking a tour with knowledgeable local guides such as Cantab Tours
  4. Walking, cycling or scooter tours – with so much historic architecture and wonderful open spaces, Cambridge is best explored outdoors. Blue Badge tours, Cambridge Bike Tours and Scootours E-Scooter Tour of Cambridge offer some fantastic tour options.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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. To see more stunning Arts & Crafts interiors first-hand you could arrange a guided tour off All Saints’ Church on Jesus Lane, Cambridge.
  8. Gin & Mixology – one of our favourite places to enjoy a G&T is the newly refurbished Orator at the historic 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 – the knowledge of their mixologists will blow your mind and your taste buds!
  9. Music and performance events – Cambridge is host to a range of music and performance events over the summer including Sounds Green at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden (weds evenings throughout July), Cambridge Folk Festival, Shakespeare performances within College grounds with Cambridge Shakespeare Festival or check out a range of events at Cambridge Junction.
  10. 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.

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for somewhere unique to stay in Cambridge, our single bedrooms at Trinity Hall are located in the heart of our historic College and are priced at just £68 per night. Alternatively, we have double en-suite guest bedrooms at WYNG Gardens, our new venue in Cambridge city centre, for only £85 per night. Find out more and make a booking.

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