5 hidden cultural hidden gems in Cambridge
Cambridge is home to a fantastic range of sights and attractions. And although its stunning colleges and libraries are well worth a visit during your time in the city, there are also a number of hidden gems for you to explore.
To help ensure you don’t miss any of the city’s quirky and unique sights, here are some of our favourite lesser-known attractions in Cambridge.
1. Free museums
There’s nothing like a bit of culture to make you feel like you’re really getting under the skin of Cambridge. Luckily, you don’t need to have deep pockets to enjoy the city’s cultural attractions as many of its very best museums are absolutely free.
When you’re visiting Cambridge, you can drop into the fascinating Fitzwilliam Museum, stroll through the Polar Institute and explore the David Attenborough building, all without spending a penny.
2. St Giles’ Church
Cambridge is home to an almost endless choice of beautiful period buildings and St Giles’ Church is no exception. Located on Castle Hill, the church is well worth a visit during your time in the city.
Pop in at 1pm on a Friday and you’ll be able to watch a short classical performance from a local student. A great way to kick off your weekend in the city, this cultural delight will help you jump right into life in Cambridge.
3. Green spaces
Thanks to its small size and laid back atmosphere, accessing green spaces in and around the city is relatively easy. One of the most beautiful green spaces in Cambridge is The Cemetery. Located close to the university, it’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in the fresh air. Alternatively, head to the banks of the River Cam and spend an hour or two watching the world go by.
4. G. David Books
One of the best booksellers in Cambridge, this is a must see for any bibliophiles visiting the city. Home to an outstanding choice of rare and vintage books, it’s a great place to pick up a souvenir of your visit. As @VisitBritain says, “If you fancy picking up a rare or first edition of your favourite book in this academic city, this is well worth a visit.”
5. The Centre for Computing History
If you’re a fan of all things tech, or if you just love your gadgets, this quirky institution is definitely for you. The museum houses a fantastic selection of vintage computers and games consoles, giving you a glimpse back through the recent history of computer technology. Regular events take place at the museum throughout the year, so make sure you check what’s on before you visit.
As well as big attractions and world famous sights, Cambridge is home to a great choice of unexpected cultural delights and hidden gems. Find out more about life in the city by exploring our site.