Cambridge Tourist Attractions
(Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK)
Although it is the Cambridge university
buildings that serve as the city's main tourist attractions, there are plenty of further places of interest that present themselves to both day trippers and holiday makers alike. Sightseeing bus tours of Cambridge provide possibly the easiest way to familiarise yourself with this city and what it has to offer, with entertaining commentary allowing you to learn a little about the attractions as you pass by.
No visit to Cambridge could really be complete without an afternoon's punting along the River Cam, weather permitting of course. After a day spent exploring the many attractions of the city, tourists may then like to catch a show at the Corn Exchange Theatre on Wheeler Street, or at either the Arts Theatre or the Playroom Theatre, both of which reside on St. Edward's Passage.
Guided Bus Tours
Address: Guide Friday Tourism Centre, Cambridge Railway Station, Cambridge, CB1 2JH, England
Tel: +44 (0)1223 362444
Open-top hop on / off guided bus tours operate throughout the day at regular intervals in the city. These buses a very convenient way to travel around Cambridge, since you can leave the bus to explore and get back on when you are ready. The bus tours connect all of the major sights and are operated by several different companies, including Guide Friday.
There are a number of walking tours around the city and these provide tourists with a real insight into some of the city's most interesting and historic buildings and Georgian Streets. Tours are available from Christian Heritage Tours, which depart from Round Church Vestry on Wednesday at 11:00 and on Sunday at 14:30; Blue Badge Tours, which leave from the Cambridge Tourist Information Centre on Wheeler Street every day at 13:30, and there are also Evening Drama Tours, which also meet at the Tourist Information Centre, on Tuesday evenings during July and August.
Punting has become synonymous with this famous university city and there are a number of popular punting firms in and around central Cambridge. Travelling along both the River Granta and the River Cam, punting is an excellent way to see some of the more scenic parts of Cambridge city. Punting firms in Cambridge include:
- Trinity Punts
Address: Garret Hostel Bridge, Garret Hostel Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TJ, England
Tel: +44 (0)1223 338483
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 20:00
- Scudamore's Punts
Address: Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RS, England
Tel: +44 (0)1223 359750
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 22:00
- Cambridge Chauffeur Punts
Address: Silver Street, Cambridge, CB3 9EL, England
Tel: +44 (0)1223 354164
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 21:00
Cambridge is home to a number of excellent theatres, that regularly host Cambridge theatrical productions, dramas, comedies, concerts, operas, workshops and exhibitions. Popular theatres in the city include:
- ADC Theatre
Address: Park Street, Cambridge, CB5 8AS, England
Tel: +44 (0)1223 300085
- Cambridge Arts Theatre
Address: 6 St. Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ, England
Tel: +44 (0)1223 503333
- Cambridge Corn Exchange Theatre
Address: Wheeler Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QB, England
Tel: +44 (0)1223 357851
- Cambridge Drama Centre
Address: Mill Road, Covent Garden, Cambridge, CB1 2HR, England
Tel: +44 (0)1223 357851
Address: Newmarket, CB8 0XE, England
Tel: +44 (0)1638 666789
Located in Newmarket, close to Cambridge, the National Stud is one of the most prestigious horse stud farms in the whole of the United Kingdom. With a large number of paddocks, stables and nursery yards, guided tours of the Newmarket National Stud are available, which should be booked in advance and include meeting the resident stallions.
Admission: charge, discounts available for children and families
Open hours: guided tours, Monday to Saturday - 11:15 and 14:30, Sunday - 14:30