This summer, the historic city of Cambridge invites holidaymakers to venture along its quaint streets to discover brand new boutique accommodations, exciting attractions and unrivalled al fresco dining throughout the charming city centre and its lush green spaces beyond.
Here, Visit Cambridge shares the top five things to see and do this summer:
Visit Cambridge – Brand new hotels are opening
Just in time for the great British summer holiday, visitors can check in to one of Cambridge’s two brand new properties. Newly opened (as of 1 July), The Fellows House Cambridge, within the Curio Collection by Hilton, is an apartment-style hotel featuring unique pieces of artwork and sculptures, all designed locally in Cambridge. In keeping with its location just a short walk from the city centre, each room type is named after people associated with the city and notable Cambridge fellows.
Meanwhile in the heart of the city, Graduate Cambridge is a boutique pet-friendly hotel inspired by the prestigious University of Cambridge, featuring classical nods to college architecture and notable alumni, which will open imminently. Guests will be able to kick back and watch the world go by on the banks of the River Cam from the Garden House restaurant and riverside terrace, or explore the city and surrounding countryside on two wheels using the complimentary bikes.
Visit Cambridge – Indulge in al fresco dining at Cambridge’s best outdoor eateries
Visitors are spoilt for choice with alfresco dining options in Cambridge this summer. The Varsity Hotel rooftop bar offers spectacular panoramic views over the Cambridge skyline and is one of the most stylish spots in the city to enjoy drinks with friends. The modern terrace offers tempting cocktails including lychee and passion fruit martini’s, blushing Russians and refreshing G&T’s to accompany its summer BBQ fare. For something a little more casual, enjoy a relaxing riverside pint at the Granta Pub, coupled nicely with a sumptuous Sunday roast or classic fish and chips in the pub’s large outdoor area situated on the River Cam. Alternatively, head to The Mill, an iconic waterside pub to sip on Pimms on the green lawn opposite and watch the punters float by. To cool off, pay a visit to Jacks Gelato, a popular ice cream shop in the city, to grab a gelato treat while exploring the city’s sights.
Visit Cambridge – Check out the Cows about Cambridge art trail
Have you herd the moos? Cows about Cambridge, a spectacular public art event has been weaving its way across the city of Cambridge since 28 June. Running until 4 September 2021, 90 cow sculptures have been placed in Cambridge’s streets, parks and open spaces, creating a fun, free of charge and family-friendly art trail for the public to explore and enjoy. Inspired by the rare Red Poll cattle breed, which in the warmer months can be found grazing on Midsummer Common, the Cows About Cambridge trail features sculptures designed by local artists, schools and community groups. Visitors can follow the trail using the mobile app, unlocking rewards and counting their steps as they go or by using the trail map which can be downloaded online or picked up from various locations around the city.
Visit Cambridge – Take to the water and punt down the iconic River Cam
What could be more quintessentially English than punting? This age-old tradition, dating back to the mid-1800s, offers unrivalled views of the historic city from its magical waterways, bookable through a number of companies including Scudamore’s and Rutherford’s. The punts can be privately hired, but for those wishing to kick back and relax there are an abundance of packages to choose from, including leisurely Champagne, afternoon tea or gin punting tours, as well as chauffeured college tours that unlock the history of the backwaters. For something a little different, the river can be navigated by stand-up paddle boards or kayaks, meaning everyone can get out on the water this summer.
Visit Cambridge – Explore the best scenic routes in Cambridge via foot or on two wheels
With a network of cycling and walking routes throughout the city and its surrounding countryside, visitors can explore all that Cambridge has to offer by foot or by bike. A number of hotels offer bike rentals to guests, including The University Arms and The Gonville Hotel, making it easy for visitors to get out and about. One of the most scenic routes is the circular city footpath leading through The Backs, which offers the iconic view of King’s College and its Chapel. From here, walkers and cyclists can explore many more charming green areas and marvel at the iconic bridges along the river, including the wooden Mathematical Bridge and Bridge of Sighs at St John’s College. Visitors who want to enjoy a longer stroll, perhaps accompanied by a furry friend, can walk to Grantchester, a picturesque village along the River Cam. The dog-friendly Orchard Tea Garden situated in Grantchester Meadows, offers the perfect place for a break to enjoy classic tea and scones before exploring the nearby orchard which dates back to 1868.