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Cambridge Guide




Now that you’ve decided on Cambridge for your destination, it’s a good idea to get a little more background on the city in order to get the most out of your time. We love Cambridge, so here’s a quick guide to all of our favourite stuff in the city.

Getting In

Car

Driving to Cambridge isn’t exactly recommended, as the city centre is not friendly to cars in the slightest. Parking is expensive and tricky to find and the one way systems all over town are extremely confusing. Take the smart approach and once you’ve entered via the M11 or A20 from the south or A1 or A14 from the North, use one of the park and ride services.

Coach

Coaches are a great way for big groups like hen parties to get around for a good price and there are good links between Cambridge and Birmingham and London. Bag a bargain and even steal a nap on the way there.

Train

It’s really easy to get to Cambridge via train and there’s even a service which runs from Kings Cross in just 50 minutes and it leaves more than once an hour. Getting to Birmingham and local towns like Ipswich is quick and easy too. Annoyingly, the station is around 1.2 miles away from the centre but is a short taxi ride from Cambridge’s main drag.

Entertainment Venues

Cambridge Corn Exchange

This is one of the biggest places to see great talent in Cambridge, from music and musicals to plays and even puppetry. Coming up soon are massive acts like London Grammar, Sarah Millican and Rizzle Kicks as well as Russell Brand and fabulous touring shows such as Happy Days and Paul Hollywood’s baking demonstrations.

Cambridge Junction

This is a seriously hip and modern venue which is perfect if you’re looking for something new and different to entertain you and the ladies. Look at what’s on when you’re around and enjoy fantastic young local talent.

West Road Concert Hall

On the other end of the spectrum, the West Road Concert Hall is fantastic for real music lovers. See performances from illustrious local students as well as concerts, sonatas, orchestras and piano solos – music to your ears!

Top of the Shops

Cambridge is awash with cute and quirky independent shops which you certainly wouldn’t find in many other places. Here’s our pick of the bunch!

Ark

A self confessed hotspot for those who want to buy ‘gifts for interesting people’, you’ll find all things quirky, intriguing, vintage and downright pretty here. In a typically Cambridgean move, there’s also a free bicycle courier service for deliveries within the city. Find it on St Mary’s Passage.

Bowns

Make like the stylish residents of Cambridge and pick up pieces by everything from Vivienne Westwood and Nicole Farhi to Paul Smith and Mawi. It’s a gorgeous boutique which might just tempt you to part with more pennies than is regular…

The Biscuit Jar

This shop is simply adorable and sells exactly what you might expect – biscuits! Creating yummy treats specifically to fit special occasions, like birthdays, christenings, or even your hen do.

The Cambridge Cheese Company

As a wise man once said, never trust a person who doesn’t like cheese. We agree wholeheartedly with this, so be sure to take a trip to the fabulously genteel hangout for local foodies and trendy types and choose between a mind boggling variety of cheeses, as well as antipasti, oils and breads. 

Because the best things in life are free…

Cambridge isn’t exactly well known as being a good place for a bargain, so we’ve managed to seek out a couple of great things to try when you’re visiting for no cost at all! 

Evensong at Kings College Chapel

Listen to the beautiful strains of brainy and musical students here on Sunday mornings for free in the university church.

The Fitzwilliam Museum

This fantastic museum is perfect if you feel like your hen weekend has been a little devoid of culture in general. Drink in the delights of real Gainsboroughs and Constables, as well as genuine artefacts from ancient times, coins and rare works of art. Knowledge and culture in a high brow city.   

The Sedgewick Museum

Perfect for science fans, this museum of earth sciences houses a fine collection of fossils, specimens of Jurassic life, local geology and big, beautiful gemstones. Build your brain and try to soak up some of the knowledge floating around this notoriously academic city…

Winnie the Pooh

If you love the cute and cuddly Disney bear and the stories which went along with Pooh, see the original guy and his stuffed friends at Trinity College library for free. Sadly, no hugs are allowed but they’re still pretty cute from a distance.  


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