Cambridge offers so much in terms of culture, nightlife and places to visit you will be hard pressed to fit it all into one weekend.
You first step should be to book accommodation that gives you complete flexibility. Signet Apartments are central serviced apartments which give you easy access to the whole of the city. Serviced apartments include parking so you don’t have to worry about the security of your vehicle, they are very competitive when compared against hotel prices and they offer a kitchen area so you can prepare your own meals at times that suit you.
Once you have unpacked your suitcase there’s little time to waste so head out the door and start seeing the sights.
No visit to Cambridge would be complete without visiting the colleges and viewing at least some of the nine museums and collections which are open to the public throughout the year. The colleges and college chapels themselves are also open at various times and offer an insight into college life as well as the opportunity to soak in the history of the place and to view the stunning architecture. Peterhouse, founded in 1284, is the oldest but there is a wealth of names that you will recognize including King’s College, Christ’s College and Trinity College.
Cambridge American Cemetery
The Cambridge American Cemetery occupies a space of just over 30 acres and was donated by the University of Cambridge to honour the American servicemen who lost their lives during the Second World War. We all understand how important a memorial is to anyone who has lost a loved one, and this cemetery stands as a reminder of the sacrifices that were made to protect freedom. It is a sombre but necessary component of any visit to Cambridge.
Everyone has heard of punting on the River Cam and if you happen to be in Cambridge on a nice sunny weekend this is a tour that you will definitely enjoy.
Scudamore’s were the first punting company in Cambridge and they are still around today. Why not relax and let them take the strain as you glide under the Bridge of Sighs. You should also make sure that you see King’s College Chapel and The Wren Library from the water.
Cambridge has a wide range of bars, restaurants and clubs so you will definitely find something to suit your taste. In addition, you can also visit the Cambridge Corn Exchange which hosts over three hundred shows a year. Performances include plays, musicals, rock and pop stars, stand-up, opera and even ballet. Why not coincide your weekend in the city with the appearance of your favourite act.
The area around Cambridge is renowned for its high-tech businesses and the academic research which is carried out in the area, hence the name Silicon Fen. If this is an area of interest for you it is worth paying a visit to The Centre for Computing History which is open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday. This is a hugely interactive museum where you can try out the technology and consoles of yesteryear, which makes it fun for adults and children alike.
Cambridge Botanic Garden
After touring buildings and museums you may be in the mood for some fresh air and the Cambridge University Botanic Garden will fit the bill. Spread over 40 acres the gardens and glasshouses feature plants from all around the world. They also run special events throughout the year including viewing the first snowdrops of spring, an orchid festival and even arts and writing courses.
Plan your visit to Cambridge carefully and will be able to find the time to fit in an outing to many of these attractions. Even if you don’t manage to see them all, Cambridge is such a central location, and such a short hop from London, that you can always visit again.