Europe, London, Travel

Day trips from London: Cambridge

Plenty of people come to the UK and don’t see much outside of London, but you don’t have to travel far to see some other beautiful parts of England.

Today I’m looking back on one of may favourite day trips from London – the picturesque university city of Cambridge.

Getting there

Trains depart frequently from London King’s Cross station through to Cambridge. The journey can take as little as 46 minutes. When you arrive in Cambridge you can walk to the city centre in about 20 minutes, or there are regular buses and a taxi rank outside the station.

Things to do

If you only do one thing in Cambridge, make sure you go punting on the River Cam. A punt is a flat-bottomed boat which is propelled along by a pole. If you’re brave enough you can hire your own punt but we chose to take a tour and have a punter do all the hard work while we sat back, relaxed and took loads of photos. There are loads of different companies offering punting tours along the river so take a look around first to get the best price.

Punting on the River Cam!

Punting on the River Cam!

Punting on the River Cam!

Taking a walking tour is a great way to explore the colleges and learn more about the history of Cambridge. There are paid walking tours offered through the tourist information office but we found a free walking tour and took that instead (you can pay the tour guide a tip at the end if you like). The tours are two hours long and there’s usually a morning and an afternoon tour on weekends.

Kings College Chapel

It’s also nice to just wander around the city at your own pace. There are so many beautiful streets and cute little shops to explore.

Have you been to Cambridge? What other day trips would you recommend?

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