A hand-picked selection of the most popular sights and activities that Cambridge has to offer.
Punting is a staple activity for anyone visiting Cambridge. Chauffeured punts take you down the River Cam through the famous College ‘backs’ where you will see some stunning landmarks of Cambridge, including King’s College and the Mathematical Bridge. You can reach the Quayside Punting Station from Fitz on foot in around 10 minutes.
The Fitzwilliam Museum houses a world-renowned collection of over half a million beautiful works of art, masterpiece paintings and historical artefacts, from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, including exhibits of English and European pottery and glass, furniture, clocks, Chinese jades, and ceramics from Japan and Korea. The Museum is free to visit and is located on Trumpington Street, an approx. 30 minute walk from Fitz. Check opening times and further visitor information for the Museum here.
Why not take a stroll down the City’s River Cam, the main river flowing through Cambridge. A favourite for locals and visitors alike, walk south along to Grantchester (approx. 1 hours’ walk) which takes you through the historic City Centre, along ‘the backs’, and onto picturesque countryside—when you reach Grantchester there is great range of tea rooms and pubs available. An alternative is to head north through Chesterton to reach Ditton Meadows, a lovely green space, which is particularly popular around Easter when the annual rowing contest between crews from Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Clubs takes place!
Closely located to Fitz (roughly a seven minute walk), Kettle’s Yard is home to a unique collection of artworks including paintings by Ben and Winifred Nicholson, as well as sculptures by Henry Moore, amongst many others. For opening times and further visitor information for Kettle’s Yard, please visit their website here.
The Museum is part of the University of Cambridge Department of Zoology and welcomes over 75,000 visitors every year, displaying thousands of specimens spanning the entire animal kingdom, from elephants to insects! As well as being open for the public to enjoy, they are used for academic study by researchers and students worldwide. The Museum is located in the city centre just under a half an hours’ walk from Fitz. Entry to the Museum is free—please view their website here for visitor information and opening times.
The Corpus Clock is one of the most distinctive public monuments in Cambridge and has been admired by residents and tourists since its inauguration in 2008. Located on northwest corner of Corpus Christi College at the end of King’s Parade (a 25 minute walk from Fitz), it is a sight to see in daylight or at night, thanks to its fascinating design and LED lighting. It was invented, designed and given to Corpus Christi College by Dr John C Taylor OBE FREng following a five year project and £1 million investment. The clockwork incorporates six new patented inventions.
Arguably the most famous College in Cambridge, King’s College was founded by King Henry VI in 1441 and is one of the 31 constituent Colleges that make up the University of Cambridge. The Chapel is the oldest surviving building within the College site and is used for many parts of College life, including matriculations and the admissions of Fellows, as well as concerts and as the place that the choir records music for CDs and digital release on their own recording label. Check opening times before visiting here and to book tickets here.
Located just outside of the city centre, near the train station, the beautiful Botanic Gardens is just under a 45 minute walk from Fitz. Open daily throughout the year, the garden holds a collection of over 8,000 plant species from all over the world to facilitate teaching and research. Visit their website to book tickets and to check opening times.
Cambridge offers a wide variety of dining, from Michelin Star restaurants to independent cafes and food trucks—we would recommend you explore the city to find the right fit for you. Do bear in mind that some restaurants will require you to book in advance.