Visit Cambridge in 2 Days

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Discovering Cambridge in 48 Hours: A Rich Blend of History, Culture, and Elegance

Dreaming of an enriching weekend or a short, memorable escape? Eager to experience British heritage in all its grandeur? Your destination awaits: embark on a two-day journey through Cambridge, a city that seamlessly marries the historic with the contemporary. Allow us to navigate you through an itinerary brimming with Cambridge’s finest for our ‘2 Days Getaway’ ultimate guide. This guide will allow you to make the most out of your time in such an inspirational and charming city.

Why Visit Cambridge? Dive into Your Two-Day Adventure:

Day 1: Immersing in History and Savoring Modern Delights

Mill Road

If you’re seeking an experience that is both authentically Cambridge and refreshingly cosmopolitan, Mill Road deserves a visit and is the first stop if arriving to Cambridge by train. It’s a global microcosm right in the heart of the city, brimming with a variety of independent boutiques, specialty stores, and an eclectic range of eateries that pay homage to international cuisines. Every corner of Mill Road tells a story, from its Victorian and Edwardian architecture echoing the city’s rich past to the annual Mill Road Winter Fair in December that transforms the area into a jubilant festival of music, food, and local crafts. More than just a commercial lane, Mill Road embodies the community spirit of Cambridge, hosting events that emphasize sustainability, arts, and social outreach.

The Garden Kitchen

One of the most picturesque spots along Mill Road is the delicious Garden Kitchen. They carefully source ingredients to create rustic, hearty dishes for breakfast and lunch. It is great for those who want to take their food to eat on the go! One last thing, at noon they bring out two main dishes for you to enjoy a (pasta and a slice option). Grab ‘both’ before they run out.

Parker’s Piece

Take some time to relax and walk around Parker’s Piece, which was once a cricket ground used for first-class matches from 1817 to 1864. Then, in the 19th century was one of the principal sports grounds used by students at Cambridge University and was used for numerous Varsity Matches against Oxford. You should also not miss the chance to spot the Dinky Door that is located here. Dinky Doors appear all around the city and to give you a clue the one in Parker’s Piece is somewhere near the central street light.

Christ’s College

Explore a beacon of legacy and academic excellence. Founded in 1505, this esteemed college has not only been an architectural gem with its elegant courts and sprawling gardens but also an intellectual cradle for many luminaries. As you walk through its iconic main gate, you’re tracing the steps of Sir John Milton, the prodigious poet, and Charles Darwin, the father of evolutionary theory, both of whom once called Christ’s College their academic home.

Bridge Street

Nestled in the heart of the city, Bridge Street offers a delightful array of independent coffee shops and eateries. Enjoy a mid-morning refreshment as you soak in the vibrant atmosphere of this bustling street.

Kettles Yard

After satisfying your palate with the flavours of Cambridge, let Kettle’s Yard tantalize your artistic senses. Tucked away beside the tranquil waters of the River Cam, Kettle’s Yard is not just another art gallery—it’s a sanctuary of creativity and innovation. Originally the home of Jim and Helen Ede, patrons of the arts during the early 20th century, the space harmoniously merges art, architecture, and the beauty of nature. With rotating exhibitions showcasing both emerging and established artists, there’s always something new and exciting to engage with.

Punting in Cambridge: A Timeless Experience on the River

Stepping into Cambridge and not indulging in the quintessential pastime of punting is like visiting Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. Punting along the River Cam, especially through the illustrious ‘Backs‘, offers an unrivaled vantage point of the city’s architectural marvels and lush green landscapes. And while many punt during the day, there’s a serenely magical allure to setting off later on in the day. As the afternoon crowds thin, the calm of the river truly comes alive. With the gentle glide of the punt, the insightful tales from your skilled chauffeur, and the picturesque views of historic colleges like King’s and St. John’s, the experience becomes almost meditative. A local’s secret? Try punting in the later afternoon or evening, especially if you are staying in Cambridge for two days, for a more personal, tranquil journey as the golden hue of the sunset bathes Cambridge in a soft, enchanting light.

Castle Hill

Following your river sojourn, elevate your Cambridge experience, quite literally, with a visit to Castle Hill. As the city’s apex, Castle Hill doesn’t merely offer an aerial view – it presents a breathtaking tapestry of the city’s grandeur and charm. From its vantage, you can trace the winding path of the River Cam, spot the spires of historic colleges, and witness the city transitioning from day to night. Time your ascent with the sunset for a spectacle you’ll carry in your heart long after your Cambridge visit concludes.

The Architect

“Cambridge’s first dedicated Fish and Chip and Pie and Mash bar”. You could not get more British if you tried!!! Why not give it a go and taste some traditional British food, at this amazing Gastro Pub.


Finish your evening off in style by enjoying some ‘botanical cocktails’, at Novi – the finest bar in town!

Accommodation Tip: Cambridge offers diverse accommodation options, from luxury suites to budget-friendly lodgings. For a unique experience, consider staying at one of the University of Cambridge Colleges during their off-seasons. Platforms like KAYAK simplify the booking process for you.


Day 2: Exploring Academia, Arts, and Culinary Delights

Hot Numbers Coffee on Trumpington Street

Begin day two with a fresh brew from Hot Numbers Coffee. Their artisanal coffees and breakfast offerings provide the perfect energy boost for the day ahead.

Pembroke College

Next, immerse yourself in the academic aura by exploring Pembroke College and its serene chapel. Established in 1347, this is the third oldest college of the University of Cambridge, and its age-old charm is palpable from the moment you step through its archways. The red-bricked buildings, cloistered courtyards, and sprawling greens stand as a testament to centuries of scholastic pursuit and intellectual fervor. But it’s not just the architecture that tells a tale. The college has been the academic cradle to many luminaries, including poet Edmund Spenser and three Prime Ministers. As you wander its pathways, you’re walking the same grounds once tread by these great minds.

Corpus Clock & The Eagle Pub

Head over to marvel at the unique Corpus Clock. Close by, The Eagle Pub awaits, where DNA’s double helix structure’s groundbreaking discovery was once announced.

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Market Square

Step into the pulsating rhythm of Cambridge at Market Square, a location steeped in history and buzzing with life. This bustling square, which has been a thriving trading center since medieval times, offers visitors a sensory journey. Indulge in a leisurely lunch from one of the local eateries, or meander through the myriad of stalls offering everything from farm-fresh produce to artisanal handicrafts and unique souvenirs. Amidst the laughter of traders, the alluring aromas of freshly baked goods, and the vibrant splash of fabrics, you’ll feel Cambridge’s essence encapsulated in this one square.

King’s Parade & Trinity Street

From Market Square, let your footsteps guide you along the historic King’s Parade and Trinity Street, where the very air seems to hum with tales of old. Lined with architectural marvels, these streets offer a masterclass in Cambridge’s academic legacy. Majestic edifices of institutions such as King’s College, Gonville and Caius, Trinity College, and St. John’s College stand as sentinels of education, each with its unique story and heritage. As you stroll, take a moment to admire the intricate facades, the cobbled pathways, and the air of reverence that envelops these iconic institutions.

Fitzwilliam Museum

Round off your day with a deep dive into art and history at the magnificent Fitzwilliam Museum. Beyond its grand neo-classical facade lies a treasure trove of artistic wonders, spanning continents and epochs. The museum’s diverse collection ranges from Egyptian antiquities to masterpieces by artists like Titian and Rembrandt. Each gallery is a portal into a different era or culture, waiting to enthral visitors with its rich tapestry of art, artifacts, and curiosities. Whether you’re an art connoisseur, a history buff, or a curious traveler, the Fitzwilliam promises an afternoon of exploration that will both enlighten and inspire.

Old Bicycle Shop

Then conclude your visit with a sophisticated yet ‘traditional’ meal at the Old Bicycle Shop, at Regent Street. Much more than just a dining establishment, this venue once stood as Cambridge’s oldest bicycle shop, and its rich history is elegantly interwoven into its current avatar. The interiors pay homage to its past, with bicycle-themed decor and vintage touches, creating an ambiance that’s both chic and steeped in tradition

Visit Cambridge!

It is evident why a mere day is never enough to truly grasp the essence of this illustrious city. Cambridge, with its centuries-old colleges, meandering cobbled streets, and a culture that seamlessly weaves the grandeur of the past with the vibrancy of the present, beckons travelers to immerse themselves deeper. Whether you’re a history enthusiast hungry for tales of bygone eras, a culture vulture eager to soak in art and performances, or a culinary enthusiast seeking flavours that narrate stories, Cambridge promises a symphony of experiences. The blend of intellectual legacy, architectural marvels, verdant expanses, and gastronomic wonders ensures that every moment here is a revelation. So, the next time you think of a weekend getaway or a short escape, let Cambridge be your muse. For in these 48 hours, you won’t just be visiting a city; you’ll be embracing a legacy, one that will beckon you time and again.

happy customers on a chauffeured punt, in front of the mathematical bridge

Posted on March 1st, 2020, by the Traditional Punting Company