As the lockdown in the UK is lifted, Cambridge’s wealth of tourist attractions are re-opening to the public once again. This is a list of some of the best beauty spots, shopping opportunities, things to see and places to explore that should be first on your list if you are visiting the city in the Summer of 2021.
Whatever your group size, interests or age range, hopefully this will give you some inspiration for you to plan the perfect day out.
(Be advised to check with the provider before booking in case of changes made due to the public health situation)
1. Scudamores Quayside Punting Tours
There’s a reason the Cantabrigian punts are so famous. A unique way to see a side of the colleges you don’t get on land; sit back or grab a punting pole, take a tour or enjoy a cream tea on the go. Whatever your choice budget or occasion, Scudamores offers a quintessential Cambridge experience you’ll never forget.
2. Lammas Land
The perfect day out for the family, Lammas Land is located to the south west of the city and is a beautiful open area bordered by willows and featuring a huge play area for children of all ages, tennis courts, a paddling pool which opens only in the summer and access to the nearby Coe Fen and Paradise Nature Reserve which are ideal for peaceful summer walks.
3. Cambridge Bike Tours
Take the students preferred mode of wheels to zip along the riverside paths; see the college boathouses, famous inner city landmarks, and the grassy commons. There are a variety of tours available, suitable for all ages and abilities. There is even an option to see the city by bike in the morning and then join a relaxing punting tour in the afternoon to get the best of both worlds and see the colleges front and back.
Book ahead by phone or email – see website for details:
4. The Grand Arcade Shopping Centre
Fancy a spot of shopping in the heart of historic Cambridge? Adjoining Lions Yard and its Central Library, the Grand Arcade houses over 60 outlets for food, leisure and shopping. This award-winning shopping mall is spread over two stories and its flagship; the five storied John Lewis department store situated to the southeast of the site.
5. The Fitzwilliam Museum
With treasures from antiquity to the present day, this family friendly museum has something for everyone; ancient pottery, seventeenth century textiles, more than 400 pieces of armour from all over the world and ancient Egyptian sarcophaguses to name but a few of the many collections on display.
Entry is free but currently places must be booked in advance.
6. Duxford Imperial War Museum
Europe’s largest and most impressive air museum and an unforgettable day out for plane lovers and history buffs. If airy hangars showcasing Spitfires, Concorde and Lancasters aren’t enough for you then enter the Normandy Experience to get a sense of the sights and sounds of the D-Day landings and trench warfare, or poke your head into the reconstructed mobile headquarters of Marshal Montgomery.
7. Anglesey Abbey
The Anglesey Abbey Gardens are officially back open to the public and are as beautiful as ever. This 114 acre green space is cleverly designed for the entertainment of guests with different areas coming to shine depending on the season in which you visit. This summer keep an eye out for the colourful Dahlias and wildflower meadows which are spectacular at this time of year. The skylight garden, perfect for cloud gazing is also worth a visit, as is the rose garden and mythological statues scattered throughout the grounds.
The house itself will be opening fully in September.
8. Kings College Cambridge
Now back open to the public, visit this famous and beautiful college founded in 1441 to learn more about its history, view the world’s largest fan vaulted ceiling and see the Adoration of the Magiby Rubens. On select days there is even an opportunity to get a tour of the new wildflower meadow on the back lawn, and even visit the private gardens, not usually open to the public.
Purchase tickets in advance on the website.
9. Market Square
This bustling market in the centre of historic Cambridge dates back to the Middle Ages and every day between 10am-4pm you can still find the vendors selling a wide range of goods including fresh fruit and vegetables, old books, clothes, Vinyl and delectable street food. All the makings of a perfect afternoon.
10. Botanical Gardens
The stunning Cambridge Botanical Gardens are a must-visit with their vast wooded areas, fountains, sunny greens bordered with geraniums and equatorial glass houses. Four new trails have also been recently developed for those interested in finding out more about plants or who just want a chance to further delve into the gardens’ hidden depths.