Over the weekend, my family visited Cambridge and I have to say – it is a very pretty city! One thing that really struck me is the amount of locals who cycle – it seems like cycling is a very popular form of transport. I suppose this may be because Cambridge is a very posh and expensive city to live in, so I assume insurance must be very high! Another thing I really liked about Cambridge is the diversity as a lot of the residents looked foreign. Anyway, we had a lot of fun in this city and in my opinion there were four main highlights:
Food and shopping
Cambridge has a lot of cute little patisseries, cafes, bakeries and shops – all with very pretty decor. Some of my favourites was Hardy’s (a very vintage sweet shop), a crepe place called Crepeaffaire (the waffles are so good!) and obviously Fudge Kitchen. If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically a lovely place where they make really rich creamy slabs of fudge – they now also sell drinking fudge sachets which I had to grab a handful of!
Cambridge is the land of architecture with beautiful museums, galleries and colleges. I absolutely love museums so on this trip I ended up visiting three different museums: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. From the three, I enjoyed The Fitzwilliam Museum the best, as it is one of the most impressive regional museums in Europe, presenting world history and art from as far back as 2500 BC.
If you ever visit Cambridge, you must go punting! We chose Scudamore’s as they are the most original and most renowned putting company in Cambridge that offer a chauffeured tour of the College Backs. Punting is an excellent introduction to Cambridge’s eventful history and the views from the river are absolutely breathtaking. The prices are also reasonable as we paid £18pp for a 45 minute tour.
In general, finding suitable accommodation in Cambridge is very easy as it is a tourist attraction city. There are a range of accommodations to suit all tastes and budgets, and you can even choose to enjoy the university experience by staying in a college room of Cambridge University. We chose to stay in Rectory Farm and it was brilliant. It is a luxurious apartment style hotel which is conveniently placed just one mile from Cambridge (City Centre is in walking distance!) but surrounded by 50 acres of fields and woods. I absolutely loved my stay there, and it only cost £55 for a twin bed room.