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Posted by on August 26th, 2020.

All you need to know before you visit Cambridge

This is the time where it is paramount to support your local community and Cambridge has been proved to be one of the most popular staycation destinations. Think no further, take some days off and visit Cambridge.

Keep it local

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Shop Local to Support Local

Local businesses are fundamental to local economic success. Cambridge is not exempt from this!

Here, local businesses such as market stalls and eateries have been in existence since the beginning of the city. This is why it is so important to work together coherently with surrounding organisations.

Upon visiting Cambridge, you can support local businesses by purchasing directly from them. This allows them to sustain themselves amidst financial challenge.

We have detailed a typical day in our city below to help guide your travels when visiting Cambridge.


Why not take a trip to Cafe Foy to delight yourself with their amazing toasties, pastries and in-house made breakfasts. You could then spend the rest of the morning walking around either Fitzwilliam Museum or the Botanic Gardens to walk off your breakfast before you are ready to lunch again. Both the museum and the botanic gardens are famous attractions here in Cambridge, with changing exhibits all year around which will engage all ages, so is perfect for all the family.


After spending a couple of hours walking around visiting some of the attractions here in Cambridge you would have worked up an appetite, you could visit the Cambridge Market for a cultural experience as well as picking up a bite to eat. Or you could opt for a coffee and cake from the most elegantly reputable coffee shop in town – Bould Brothers.


Why not end your day with the most popular attraction here in Cambridge; Punting. Punting especially in the evening is a sight to behold, with the river becoming calm and tranquil, with the sun setting behind the college backs, it is the perfect time to take a trip upstream. After your guided Punting Cambridge tour, you could visit The Architect for their ‘design your own menu’ which enables you to transform the much loved British classics with a modern twist (if you so wish).

Eat Out to Help Out

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During the month of August, the “Eat Out To Help Out” scheme provides customers with the chance of receiving up to £10 (50%) off their bill. This expires on August 31st and so less than a week remains. Many restaurants in Cambridge are participating in this scheme, so why not take full advantage of this opportunity. Try to keep in mind that all businesses even the small need your help during this time, so try to visit as many restaurants in this scheme as you can.

Cambridge ‘must do’

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Cambridge is a destination in which there are things you certainly must do upon visiting. There are many wonderful sights, of which can typically be seen within just a few days during your stay

Even though we included a typical day out in Cambridge above, we also wanted to highlight some key attractions or ‘must do’s’ when you visit Cambridge…

Punting – high in demand, punting is the only way in which you can exclusively visit the college backs, all within a short space of time. Without a punting tour in Cambridge, your experience will cease to be complete. Here at the Traditional Punting Company, we provide the most informative and enjoyable guided tours along the River Cam.

Coffee and cake – being a traditionally English activity, afternoon tea in Cambridge is as quintessential as ever. Harriet’s Tea Rooms and The Varsity both provide exceptional afternoon tea, alongside coffee to suit any coffee lovers palette.

King’s College Chapel – only having been open for less than one week, the Chapel of King’s College is currently open to members of the public at a small fee. This is the most iconic landmark in Cambridge and is a definite must-see.

Shopping – the Grand Arcade. Here, you will find John Lewis, Pandora, Krispy Kreme, Hotel Chocolat and various fashion retailers. This makes for an excellent bit of ‘you time’.

The Market Square – having operated since the Saxon times, a wide variety of international foods and local business thrive here. The square is located just in front of the Guild Hall. An important addition to the list of must-do’s.

Museums and art galleries- as highlight above, here in Cambridge we have a selection of around 18 museums and art galleries to choose from, so you could definitely fit in a few when you visit Cambridge during your staycation if the arts, history or cultural activities are your thing.

Churches – there are also 39 churches in Cambridge, which are all beautiful to see, even though most you can’t visit during COVID-19 a walk around the city looking at these different places of worship is an experience and a half.


Through local support and consideration, #togetherwecan aid businesses and organisations. This will, in turn, provide them with the vision of a brighter and more stable future. The community of Town is strong in Cambridge, and we only hope that with your help, we are able to reinforce that strength.