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Days Out Around the UK

Cambridge

This article series provided by National Express demonstrates some of the amazing attractions around the UK. Why not follow the National Express series as they suggest a new destination every month and help us all to make the most of the great days out in our own country.

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Welcome to Cambridge

Cambridge is the ultimate university town. A labyrinth of historic passageways, leafy parks and ancient architecture, Cambridge is one of the UK’s most prestigious cities. Amble through cobbled streets, where book-laden students walk and locals cycle, and take in the atmosphere of a city steeped in achievement and history. Before travelling to Cambridge, be sure to take a look at our city guide.

Attractions

Home to world famous university colleges and architectural masterpieces, Cambridge is one of the UK’s most beautiful historical cities.

Cambridge has something for everyone. From the spectacular Kings College Chapel to the tranquil gardens of the Pembroke College and Emmanuel College, you’ll be surrounded by old and new beauty.

No visit to Cambridge would be complete without a spot of punting. Take to the River Cam on a tour past the Wren Library and the Bridge of Sighs to enjoy a little slice of Venice in England.

For free

Cambridge is one of the best cities in the UK for cyclists. Thanks to its extensive cycle route, you can explore your surroundings free and easily. Make like the locals and take a scenic bike ride around the city’s open spaces, admiring the magnificent buildings and collages.

On a nice day, discover Cambridge’s green spots, such as Jesus Green Park, Midsummer Common or Parker’s Piece. The whole family can enjoy picnics under the leafy trees, walks alongside the River Cam (keep a look out for the rowers!) or a leisurely game of tennis, football or cricket.

Culture and history

Cambridge is a city steeped in history and heritage. Boasting the UK’s highest concentration of internationally renowned collections of the arts outside of London, you’ll find a wide range of cultural things to do in Cambridge.

From its enchanting Botanic Gardens to the angelic choir song emanating from the College Chapel, it’s easy to see why the famous University of Cambridge attracts so many tourists.

Most of the University’s museums are free to enter. Make a visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum, one of the first public art museums in Britain, or peruse Kettle’s Yard, home to a mix of contemporary and 20th century art.

A stroll through the city centre will see you walk where poets, philosophers, prime ministers and Nobel Peace Prize winners have all left their mark. Take in the tranquility of the River Cam and marvel at the architectural wonder, the Bridge of Sighs.

Shopping

Cambridge has shopping opportunities in abundance. From its bustling market square to its bountiful boutiques, high street stores and shopping centres, you can easily lose a day rummaging through the rails.

The everyday market sells vintage fare, handmade gifts, fine cheese, coffee and secondhand books, while the Saturday market held in All Saint’s Garden offers local arts and crafts. A short walk to the nearby streets, such as Rose Crescent, Trinity Street and Bridge Street, will find you in amongst cosy cafes and quirky independent shops.


If you love a shopping mall, The Grafton and the Grand Arcade – Cambridge’s largest and most recent shopping centre – house designer and high street brands, along with an array of bars and restaurants.

Where to eat or drink

Cambridge boasts a spectrum of eateries across the city – from Michelin Starred restaurants and intimate brasseries to traditional pubs and cosy bistros. There’s also a wide choice of quaint tea and cake rooms, along with tucked-away cafes and ambient bars.

On a shoestring: Fitzbillies Café. A city institution since 1921, this place serves up hearty food made from scratch on the premises. Don’t leave before sampling one of its famous sticky buns.

Middle of the road: The Riverbar Steakhouse & Grill. Enjoy delicious, juicy steaks (and other dishes) with a front-row riverside view.

Splash the cash: Alimentum Restaurant. Owner of one Michelin Star and three AA Rosettes, this Modern European restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Cambridge.

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If you're 60 or over and love visiting family and friends or taking day trips and short breaks, the National Express Senior Coachcard offers a great way to save 1/3 on standard fares to hundreds of towns, cities and airports across the UK.  Plus, it's now bigger and better than ever, with the £15 day return on Tuesdays offer.

Money Back Guarantee Money back guarantee:
If you don't save the cost of the card in a year then you can claim a refund for the full cost of the card.

Free journey if your coach is delayed:
Sometimes there are things out of National Express's control, which means coaches may get delayed. This can be annoying, so if your journey is delayed over an hour, National Express will give you a free journey.

For only £10 (plus £1.50 p&p) a year the Senior Coachcard makes sense. It works out as little as 84p a month and is £20 cheaper than a railcard!

What more excuse do you need to get out and about in the UK this summer

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