Cambridge Visitor information


Founded as a University in 1209, the Cambridge today has preserved much of its outstanding beauty and original character as a quiet place of thought.

Visit Cambridge and wander among its narrow medieval streets or “The Backs”, the outstanding series of college gardens and grounds that lead down to the river. Study architecture of every period and of almost every century, and inspect the University’s many important literary, artistic, and scientific treasures. Some ideas include ghost walks, MP3 guided walks, visiting the Fitzwilliam Museum and of course, no visit to Cambridge is complete without punting down the River Cam!

“Such a balance of garden and building, of shape and form, of peace, quiet and constantly changing scene is only achieved once in the world” (R Tibbs, 1972).

Things to do in Cambridge

Lets Go Punting - offering private and shared Punting tours in Cambridge.

Scudamore's Punting - punting tour of the College backs, the perfect introduction to historic Cambridge and bookable online!

Getting to Cambridge

From London: the best options include train or bus. Trains leave every half an hour from London Kings Cross or London Liverpool Street. The approximate journey time is one hour.

Parking: Cambridge is generally not very car friendly, with pedestrianised zones and one-way systems. However, a number of colleges now offer on-site parking facilities and there are several car parks available within the city centre.

If travelling from an airport to Cambridge, the best options are either hiring a car or taking a coach: