33 Reasons Why Cambridge Is Wonderful!
Truly Nobel - Cambridge University has no fewer than 89 associated Nobel Prize winners in physics, chemistry, peace, literature, physiology and medicine. But when will there be a Nobel Prize for cocktail making?
Kate Middleton - The nation's sweetheart and definitely the best dressed Royal, The Duchess of Cambridge has a fabulous hubby, a gorgeous baby and some pretty well connected in-laws. We're not jealous, much.
Ballare - This nightclub is a veritable party palace; popular with the locals and students from all over the world, Ballare has a reputation for big nights out that it never fails to live up to.
Newton's Bridge? - It's a common Cambridge myth that Sir Isaac Newton was the man behind the city's famous 'Mathematical Bridge'. It's not true, but the story definitely has gravity to it...
Cheerleading Lessons - Go back to your school days in this city of education in our absolutely fabulous Cambridge hen party Cheerleading Lessons! Find out more...
Kuda - Remember your party-feet for this club girls. Kuda has some of the best DJs in town and one of the most energetic followings. It also serves up some fantastic cocktails which can only enhance those dancing feet.
Revolting Peasants - In 1381, a town charter was drawn up to transfer all supervision for local commerce to the Cambridge University as a punishment for "the revolting peasants". We assume they organised a revolution, rather than were just a bit smelly.
Cambridge vs. Oxford - The annual boat race between these two warring Universities always makes for great watching, not least because of the hunky boys taking part...simply oarsome! (We're so, so sorry).
Fitzwilliam Museum - Egyptian, Roman, Greek, and Renaissance Italian, there's relics from every era in this famous museums storied halls, the likes of which you'll find nowhere else in the UK.
A-list Alumni - Famous Cambridge graduates include; Tilda Swinton, Thandie Newton, Hugh Laurie, Rachel Weisz, Emma Thompson, Lily Cole, John Cleese, Stephen Fry and Sacha Baron Cohen!
Alimentum - Wear your finest dresses for this is a truly amazing, Michelin star dining experience. Alimentum's dishes are concise, sublime and flavoursome - the Pressed Leg of Chicken is particularly beautiful.
Fez Club - Bijou, beautiful, brilliant. Fez Club is always packed and consistently buzzing with an exceptionally vibrant atmosphere. Could it be "Shots o'clock?"
King's College Chapel - This wonderfully ornate chapel is beautiful. There are few examples of gothic architecture as stunning as this, and the special atmosphere inside is something else.
Afternoon Tea - Treat the nearly-wed to a brilliant afternoon tea on her Cambridge hen do featuring finger sandwiches, pastries and a sensational selection of teas. Find out more...
Pranksters - We've all seen traffic cones on statues but in 1958, engineering students managed to get a whole car on the roof of Senate House! Hi-jinks indeed.
A Royal Feast - In 1838 a huge feast to celebrate Queen Victoria's coronation covered 60 banquet tables and included 7,029 joints of meat. That was at least 1lb per person. Imagine the food-baby you'd have after eating that?!?
Cambridge Chop House - This splendid foodie institution is one of the gems of this culinary city, offering amazing dishes that'll satisfy even the hungriest of hens.
Punting - No girls trip to Cambridge would be complete without spending a little elegant time out on the river with a strapping young buck pushing you up the river. See more...
The Grafton - Exercise your passion for fashion in this wonderful shopping centre full of big brands like Topshop, H&M, Next and River Island.
Cotto - It's incredibly difficult not to want to take a picture of your plate in the fabulous Cotto where the presentation is as artful as the food is tasteful. One of our absolute favourites.
Grand Arcade - For usual high-street suspects and big brand department stores, head to The Grand Arcade, it's a treasure-trove of Cambridge hen party shopping delights and you might just find the perfect dress for that big night out.
The Backs - The perfect site to rest any aching dancing feet (or tender party heads) or sit and enjoy a summery on-shore picnic where you can look out at the shimmering waters across this grand series of gardens and parks.
Novi - This beautiful cocktail bar is everything you expect from a Cambridge-based watering hole. Effortless style, subtle class and an overall air of elegance is the norm in Novi, and the drinks are simply far too tasty for their own good...
Bear Necessities - Lord Byron was banned by University rules to keep a dog in his rooms, so instead he decided to keep a bear!
The Lion Yard - Fashion, beauty and more are on offer in this fabulous mall featuring the likes of Miss Selfridge and Lush and other high street faves.
Alt-J - We LOVE Alt-J, honestly, if you've never heard of this Cambridge band then clue yourselves up girls. They're seriously cool, and who knew that hipster boys could be so Mmmmmmm.
Katrina and the Waves - Not many English towns can boast a winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, but that's exactly what Cambridge has in Katrina and the Waves. And who doesn't feel great when they hear "Walking on Sunshine?"
Ian McKellen - He's honestly our dream granddad, and he's got a deep link with Cambridge since he graduated from the University with a degree in English Literature. And of course, he did pass.
The Bridge of Sighs - The perfect bridge to walk on after a heavy night on the town, 'why did we order that last round of tequila?' Sigh.
Smokeworks - The uber-trendy Smokeworks is the ideal hen party excuse to drop those diets for the night. You'll find tasty meats here, and a lot of them; the pulled-pork burgers are truly out of this world.
Lola Lo - Pull on your grass skirts and grab a flowery lei, Lola Lo's is the tiki-bar/nightclub of your Pornstar Martini fuelled fantasies. One of the best nights out around!
Ghostly goings on... - Disappearing portraits, phantom mistresses and monks turned poltergeist? That's just another day in the (after) life of this incredibly haunted city. Might be best to sleep with the lights on ladies.
Murder Mystery - Treat the girls to a killer dinner that's sure to satisfy your appetites for both tasty food and gruesome murder mysteries alike. Discover more...
Cambridge What's On - Music, theatre and dance in one helpful place.
Cambridge Photos - Beautiful pics from snap-happy locals.
The Tab Cambridge - Cambridge from the hilarious perspective of its students.
Visit Cambridge - The official tourist's resource for this fabulous city.
- 1. Stunning parks, perfect for picnics and sunbathing
- 2. Great annual festivals, including the Film Festival and Dragon Boat Festival
- 3. Serene canals, offering leisurely punting tours
- 4. Alfresco performances and concerts throughout the city
- 5. Huge range of galleries and museums to explore
It's time for a hen party in Cambridge!
The beautiful, historic city of Cambridge is an ideal location for any classy hen weekend. The city centre is a blend of historic buildings with a commitment to excellence, elegance and modern living and a lively, student driven nightlife that creates an appealing, temptingly relaxed atmosphere. It's got everything girls could need for a chic, sophisticated weekend and gives you all the chance to toast the bride to be in style! Get your Cambridge hen party started today.
Why: reasons to celebrate a Cambridge hen do
For a relaxed and stylish hen party, Cambridge is ideal! It's a small enough city to make sure that none of your guests feel overwhelmed and so it's perfect for you and the girls to easily navigate and enjoy. However, as a cultural force in British history and as a thriving student town currently, Cambridge is plenty large enough to offer you and the girls a huge range of exciting options! The city itself is well worth a visit, with more than 3.5 million visitors a year travelling in to experience its delights. The colleges and architecture are a gorgeous backdrop to any hen weekend and make for wonderful walks between activities. The Quayside by the River Cam in the heart of the city offers a wonderful opportunity to unwind in style - head there after an active morning and enjoy river cruises, punting, riverside bars and restaurants. This classy and cool city can most certainly offer you a quality Cambridge hen party!
What: planning your hen party in Cambridge?
Between the day and night activities, GoHen offers over 50 things to do in Cambridge, meaning that you and the girls will be able to find the perfect activity to suit everyone! Although a Cambridge hen party does provide hen staples such as cocktail mixing and dance classes, gorgeous Cambridge is a really great city to try out some of our more leisurely, classic activities. Take advantage of the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside with a relaxed outdoor activity like archery or golf and then try Market Square right in the centre of town, flanked by Cambridge's main shopping streets which will give you the chance to exercise a little hen weekend retail therapy! For a cracking Cambridge weekend, you hens could even take a relaxing cruise along the River Cam! You'll be in the perfect frame of mind for enjoying your big night out - and with our fantastic nightlife options like hen hosts and guest list nightclubbing, it will be a big one!
Shop: Cambridge shopping areas & recommendations
As well as offering a fabulous range of independent boutiques and stores, Cambridge is also home to a number of excellent shopping centres, offering all the retail therapy you need under one roof! Check out the Lion Yard Shopping Centre which is situated right in the centre of Cambridge and has over 35 outlets including Accessorize, Miss Selfridge and Kew all offering great fashion solutions. Alternatively have an explore of the Grand Arcade on your Cambridge hen weekend, the contemporary arcade boasts over 50 great shops, cafes and restaurants including the largest John Lewis department store in the region. Also worth a visit is The Grafton, a shopping centre with over 60 stores, a multiscreen cinema and a variety of cafes and restaurants to keep you busy for an hour or two! Don't forget to mix in some activities to stop the hens getting tired feet.
How: Getting to Cambridge?
There are trains running frequently from a few of the major towns in the UK, like London or Birmingham, and regular buses to take you from the train station to the city centre. Coaches also run from a few of the major cities; again including London and Birmingham, as well as Oxford. Parking in the city isn't always the easiest, as much of the area is pedestrianised. If you do decide to drive to your Cambridge hen accommodation and you're coming from a London direction, it's the M11, or if you're driving down from the north, the A1.
Stay: Choosing your Cambridge accommodation
Where you stay in Cambridge is really important as being close to all the best shops, activities and nightlife on offer is essential. Fortunately we've put in the hard work and done the research and we've found the best group-friendly options, so whichever option you choose, a great nights stay will come as standard! If you're cutting costs, go for our comfortable 2 star hotel, or our 3 star options are the most popular with hen parties? However, it's not every day that you and your best friends embark on a hen party, so you could even push the boat out and enjoy a luxurious 4 star hotel! For more information on all types of Cambridge accommodation, see here.
Party: Where Cambridge hen parties head after dark
In Cambridge, you'll encounter an eclectic group of pubs, bars and restaurants, all with a great atmosphere and lively vibes. If you fancy a look at the pub scene, head to King Street, which used to be home to the King St. Run where Cambridge students would have to run between all the pubs, stopping at each to down a pint! Have a go if you like by all means but luckily, this tradition is not compulsory. Nowadays, there's simply a fantastic selection of cosy pubs which enjoy picturesque scenery to enjoy. The main night-time district of choice in the city though is Grantchester where you'll be able to find a good selection of bars and then it's on to the town centre where all the best clubs and late night venues come to life. Why not enjoy an evening of sexy hen hosts or a murder mystery night, followed by our ever-popular guest list nightclubbing? You can find all our fantastic evening options here on the Cambridge hen night page.
When: A good time to visit Cambridge
When it comes to events, Cambridge excels, with a variety of great festivals occurring all year round. In September, there's the Cambridge Film Festival, and November sees both the literary Wordfest, as well as the Cambridge Urban Festival, which brings graffiti, street dance and ultimate Frisbee to this usually restrained city! In April, the Wordfest hits the streets again, and in May there's the delicious Eat Cambridge food festival. In summer things really kick off, with heavyweights like the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival occurring in the University gardens and Jazz and Brass coming to the parks of Cambridge. In June, see the Buskers and Street Performers Festival, the Strawberry Fair, and the Midsummer Fair. Music dominates in July, with both the Cambridge Folk Festival and the Big Weekend and the summer rounds off in August with another Urban Festival. There's so much to see whenever you visit Cambridge!
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