Cambridge vs St Albans

Take an adventure by train this weekend

The Thameslink and Great Northern networks connect you to some fantastic days out by train but with a vast selection of over 140 stations to choose from, how do you decide where to start in search of your next adventure?

We took on the challenge and spent some time exploring the beautiful cities of St Albans and Cambridge to bring you a round-up of some fantastic ways to spend a day out by train. All you need to do is decide where you want your adventure to take you.

Let’s kick off with Cambridge

Go Super Off-Peaking in Cambridge this weekend

Steeped in fascinating history and home to some of the country’s most iconic college buildings, Cambridge has a lot to offer the enthusiastic day traveller.

Fill up on some amazing breakfast (or brunch if you are enjoying a lazy start to your day) before you kick off your adventures… Swing by the world-famous Fitzbillies and try their amazing savoury filled croissants or visit the Garden Café for a smoked bacon roll. Delicious!

Breakfast is done and it’s time to explore. Cambridge is a haven for foodies and if you’ve got an appreciation for things that tickle your taste buds then you should definitely sign yourself up to the almighty Cambridge Food Tour. Just make sure you book in advance as it’s very popular!

Cambridge is a complete show off when it comes to amazing places to dine so expect to be spoilt for choice at lunch time. Try the honey soy chicken sandwich at Bread & Meat, the sharing tapas at Mee & I or the ever changing lunch menu on offer at the hidden gem that is Michaelhouse Cafe.

After lunch you should make a beeline for the river! Guided punt tours give you a fantastic insight into the history of the college buildings or if you are feeling brave, you can hire a boat and give it a go yourself! Don’t forget you can get 2FOR1 punting with Scudamore’s when you go by train so make sure to download your voucher before you travel.

Cambridge is an extraordinary place to dine, packed with a dazzling array of restaurants to suit all tastes. Head to Sticks and Sushi in the Old Reading Room for a portion of jungle fish that will blow your mind or dive into some fiery Hong Kong fusion with Nanna Mexico’s infamous “big ass burrito”.

After dinner, why not unwind with some post dinner cocktails at one of Cambridge’s extraordinary bars!? If you like your drink with a kick then head to Novi for one of their spice cocktails or for something with a motown twist, visit 2648 Cambridge.

Thanks Cambridge, we’ve had a blast!

Getting to Cambridge is quick and easy when you hop on a Great Northern service from London Kings Cross. Get there in around 45 minutes direct. Find out more and book your tickets.

Time to explore stunning St Albans

The historic market town of St Albans has more on offer than its incredible Roman remains and beautiful medieval architecture… Whether you are looking for the chance to escape to the park for some fresh air, to take in an exhibition or just to make the most of your local café (and it’s free WiFi…) we’ve got a roundup of some fantastic ways to spend a day in beautiful St Albans.

If there is a more wonderful way to start your day than waffles, we don’t want to know about it… kick off your day in St Albans with a visit to the infamous Waffle House and dive into individually cooked organic waffles packed with delicious toppings.

Time to walk off that breakfast… head to the incredible Verulamium Park. Set in 100 acres of parkland, this beautiful green space is popular year round with tourists thanks to its varied range of facilities.

Recharge those batteries and take a load off. St Albans offers some fantastic eateries with the chance to “people watch” to your hearts content. Grab a handmade burger at Relish or visit Kimaya if you’ve got a hankering for noodles or sushi.

Post lunch is the perfect time to take in a spot of culture and no visit to St Albans would be complete without the chance to explore the stunning Cathedral. Combining stunning architecture with a rich cultural heritage, this Cathedral boasts the title of being the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain.

For something a bit different, visit Little Marrakech for slow cooked tagines featuring a dazzling array of spices that will warm your tummy in the most amazing way.

Finally, it would be utterly remiss of us not to mention our absolute favourite place for pudding. if you’ve got a sweet tooth then there is no excuse not to pay a visit the wonder that is the Pudding Stop. When faced with the dazzling array of puddings on offer, we can only recommend that you go en-masse and order one of everything!

St Albans gets surprisingly lively after dark with plenty of options for a great night out for even the most discerning amongst us. Why not swing by Britain’s oldest pub Ye Old Fighting Cocks or fans of real ale can get their taste buds tickled at a range of cosy pubs including The Blacksmiths Arms and The Boot.

Get to St Albans in around 30 minutes on a Thameslink service from London Blackfriars. Find out more and book your tickets.

So there you have it, 2 perfect plans for adventurous days out by train!

Don’t forget to use your Railcard or ask for a GroupSave for even BIGGER savings on your day out.