Colourful shops on Magdalene Street in Cambridge, England

24 hours in Cambridge, England

I’ve wanted to go to Cambridge for a long time, so when I was compiling my 30 before 30 list it immediately popped into my head as a potential tick for “visit 3 places in the UK that I’ve never visited before”.

With high hopes for this ancient city, we got off to a good start with an easy train ride from London King’s Cross (just like Harry Potter—cue much excitement on my part).

By the end of our brief trip, Cambridge had a piece of my heart.

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What to see

We’re big wanderers so pretty much spent all of our time exploring the streets on foot. We saw Trinity College, St. John’s College, the River Cam, the Bridge of Sighs, Great St. Mary’s, Castle Mound and, my favourite, the Backs (we sadly missed out on A. A. Milne’s original Winnie-the-Pooh manuscripts as the Wren Library was closed).

Lonely Planet have a great list of Cambridge highlights!

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Where to eat & drink

We did exceedingly well in choosing where to re-fuel: lunch at Bread and Meat was delicious, the steak we had for dinner at Cambridge Chop House was (probably) the best I’ve ever had, and snack-wise we nibbled on chelsea buns at Fitzbillies, brownies from the market and absolutely outstanding fudge from Fudge Kitchen (plus some to take away!).

We also enjoyed a drink at the ‘best pub in Cambridge’, the Elm Tree.

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Where to stay

We had a chunk of Hotels.com Rewards credit, which we put towards a night at the Cambridge City Hotel. The location was spot-on but I’m not sure we’d recommend it—it just didn’t feel like somewhere costing £160+ per night.

If we were to stay over in Cambridge again we’d likely try the Hotel du Vin or an Airbnb—unless you’ve any recommendations?

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