The first two things that come to my mind when I imagine about Cambridge are, it is a fantastic university town with wide open beautiful green grasses and it is place where you can spend a lazy summer day punting on the river Cam. Cambridge is one of my favourite destinations in England. I have been here several times with my husband and spent some quality time with him, so I thought of doing this post and sharing some tips for your first visit to Cambridge.
Getting To Cambridge From London
There are several options for getting to Cambridge from London. Taking a train or driving are possibly the best and most convenient ways. We drove from London which takes around 1 hour and 15 mins, but beware, parking charges in the city centre are very high unless you take a park & ride service from the outskirts of the city. Alternatively, there are frequent services from the King’s Cross Station and the Liverpool Street Station. If you are coming for the first time or planning a day trip to Cambridge then taking the train could also be a wise option.
Top Things To See And Do In Cambridge
Cambridge is well known for it’s colleges and punting on the river Cam, so sharing here some must do things in Cambridge!
- Trinity College : Trinity College was founded by Henry VIII and is the largest college in Cambridge. Trinity alumni consists of great noble prize winners, royalty, politicians, amongst other famous personalities. The Wren Library of the Trinity college holds some masterpieces which include Shakespeare’s works, manuscripts of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, Isaac Newton’s personal library and some other great masterpieces. The college looks beautiful and standing in front of the building fills you with awe towards this great institution.
- King’s College: The other most famous college in Cambridge, Kings College is also known for its Neo-gothic architecture and a magnificent chapel and choir. The inside is vast with beautiful stained glasses and its renowned for its christmas eve programme. Colleges are typically closed to visitors during the examinations, last week of May and first week of June.
- Queens’ College : It is one of the oldest and largest colleges. It has buildings on both sides of the river Cam. Notable buildings include the Old Court with monorail which tells the date, astrology signs, the walnut tree court that contains the chapel of the college and the mathematical bridge that connects the older and newer parts of the college. Most of these buildings are visible from the river cam while punting.
- Punting On River Cam : Exploring Cambridge is never complete without experiencing punting on the river Cam. Its an amazing experience, as you can view some of the landmark places including the King’s College. There are guided tours which cost around £12per head or you can rent the entire punt by yourself and do it yourself. It’s good fun but we have seen our fair share of first timers struggling badly with the punt. But never mind, it’s not dangerous. So give it a shot if you are the adventurous type. Carry some food and drink and enjoy the ride with your friends and family. The guided tours are mostly done by the students of the college and you get a lot of information regarding the colleges, the history of the place and the typical life of a student in Cambridge.
- Do A Walking Tour Of Cambridge: This is probably the best possible way to save money as well as see the entire town. Cambridge is a beautiful town to walk around. Enjoy a walk in the parks, take a stroll along the banks of the river, sit down to have a sandwich and some fruits, watch people punting, lie on the grass and see the blue sky above. The Botanical garden is an absolutely beautiful place to spend a relaxing afternoon. It costs £5 to enter but is well worth a visit.
- The Fitzwilliam Museum : We have not been to this museum yet, both of us love visiting museums but honestly whenever we come to Cambridge we just end up spending our time punting or on the banks of the river Cam and don’t get time to go and see this museum which is an artistic opulence. If you come here do try not to miss it and get an opportunity to see a beautiful collection of the medieval manuscripts and lots more.
As the day was perfect for a summer outfit, I decided to wear this easy breezy romper from H&M. All the other items are from H&M. I felt as light as a feather; not in weight but in my clothes 😛 as they were super comfy. Rompers, shorts, cotton dresses, off -shoulders these are some great options for travel outfits if the weather is warm! If you are planning something soon, try to pack something like this and trust me you will thank me afterwards :).
As always I had an amazing time with my husband. Cambridge is a beautiful place to spend an entire day enjoying the punting, walking around the city, seeing one of the best colleges in the UK, and some more of your interest. I hope this sweet little post will help you plan when you come for your first visit to Cambridge.
Rest, enjoy the photos and get a feel of the place through our lens!
And as always
Stay healthy, Stay fashionable. 🙂
Outfit Details: All H&M