For YEARS me and JB have been saying we should visit Cambridge. No particular reasoning behind it other than we love Oxford so obviously we’re going to love Cambridge?!
We received a Buy a Gift experience box from my Dad & Step Mum last Christmas and one of the options was a 2 night stay in Cambridge so the executive decision was made there and then.
We couldn’t have been more fortunate with the weather during our September stay. We had clear blue skies and warm sunshine which definitely made a difference to our visit.
No trip to Cambridge is complete without a punt on the River Cam. A word of advice – be sure to visit a few of the operators as the prices vary massively. We decided to use Scudamore as they offered a generous discount. We also took wise words from friends who suggested that we didn’t try and take a boat out on our own – they had done it earlier in the year and just went round in circles! I think if we did it again, I’d like to do a trip with just the 2 of us rather than a boat full of 12.
Kings College Chapel
We decided to pay the £9 to enter Kings College Chapel. This does give you an annual pass so if we go again we’ll be able to visit the beautiful grounds. The stain glass windows are absolutely beautiful – in such a sunny day they looked fantastic!! Apparently people queue overnight when the BBC film their Christmas Carol snow!!
Some of the university grounds are open for you to have a quick peak around – can you imagine coming to university and having your lectures in these buildings?!?!
There are SO many places to eat and drink in Cambridge. We tried to support local independent cafes and bars where possible. Here’s some of our favoutites.
Hot Numbers was just 2 minutes from our hotel and provided great coffees to kick start our day. It didn’t seem to matter what time of day we visited, there was always a queue almost out of the door – a sign of a great cafe?! I think so!
We had lunch one day at The Locker Cafe. It was tucked away and we wouldn’t have stumbled across it unless we’d been specifically looking for it. This one came on a recommendation and was great! JB opted for the vegan breakfast special (& added bacon!) and I had the ‘famous cheese toastie’…oh my goodness!! SO.MUCH.CHEESE – delicious!!!
Mid afternoon wine & tapas were had at Cambridge Wine Merchants. It’s a great place to just chill out for a while, take in the surroundings and enjoy some wine that you might not normally try and have a small bite to eat.
As the weather was so amazing, we had to take advantage of the Varsity Hotel’s rooftop bar and have a G&T in the sunshine!
We also had a visit to Addenbrooks hospital – but that’s another story!!!
Have you been to Cambridge?! What did we miss?!