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With museums, gardens and historic colleges, this centuries-old university city is the perfect place for a day trip or weekend away.

The beautiful, historical city of Cambridge is a short train journey away from London and offers a distinct change of pace from the hustle and bustle of the nation’s capital. Steeped in centuries of scholarly tradition, this university city boasts stunning architecture, glorious gardens and the picturesque River Cam, to name but a few of its attractions.

Cambridge days out can be full of history, culture and education, while for those looking for something a little less academic, there are shops, bars and restaurants aplenty at which you can unwind. What’s more, we’ll take the hassle out of your travel because getting to Cambridge couldn’t be easier with us, so why not read on to find out more about things to do in Cambridge and how to get there.

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Getting to Cambridge

We understand that a day out should be fun, relaxing and stress-free, which is why we make getting to Cambridge as easy as possible. Take Thameslink to this beautiful city from a number of our locations, and enjoy a great day out.

What’s more, we offer several ways for you to save money on your fares. For example, if you’re travelling in a group of 3-9 adults outside of busy periods, our GroupSave tickets can provide a significant discount, while up to four children aged 5-15 can hop aboard during Off-Peak times for just £2 each. Alternatively, if you fall into the 16-25 or 26-30 age brackets, are a senior, or often travel on the train with the same person, we have a range of Railcards designed to help you save a pretty penny – money you can spend on all the things to do in Cambridge!

Things to do in Cambridge

If you’re of an inquiring mind, there are plenty of things to do in Cambridge that could be right up your street, with the city’s range of fascinating museums designed to educate and inspire in equal measure. For example, children can learn about fossils and follow dinosaur trails at Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, while the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has fun activities to tick off on every floor - its highlights include a Roman skeleton and a 500-year-old potato. The Fitzwilliam Museum offers something for all ages, as kids can engross themselves in puzzles and games while the adults can peruse paintings by the likes of Edgar Degas.

The University of Cambridge is a treat for lovers of architecture and history. Tour a hat trick of icons – the medieval Peterhouse Hall, the King’s College Chapel and the Trinity Great Court. Or just sit under an apple tree and channel your inner Isaac Newton

But not all Cambridge days out have to be centred around museums and the University, and there are plenty more attractions on offer. A focal point is the River Cam, and by booking a punt up and down the water with Scudamores, you’ll gain a unique perspective on this beautiful city as well as gaining excellent insight and historical facts from your expert guide. Or, if the spooky and supernatural is more your thing, you could consider booking a ghost tour around the more eerie parts of the city and get a feel for the place at night.

Refresh your spirit with a walk among the 40 acres of the heritage listed Cambridge University Botanical Gardens. There are trails to walk and The Glasshouse Range, home to rare and exotic plants.

Getting hungry on your day out in Cambridge? Join in a centuries old tradition of shopping at the Market Square. It’s open all week and a good place to catch a quick bite for lunch, with fresh food from around the world.

Another hub for food and shopping is the Grand Arcade, one of the best shopping centres in Cambridgeshire. Here you can find something for all tastes and budgets.

There is certainly no shortage of things to do in Cambridge, so why not start planning your trip now by booking your train tickets through our website.

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