Interesting historical sites to visit in Cambridge
Whether you’re staying in historic Cambridge for business or fun, it seems only fitting to visit a few of the fascinating historical sites it has to offer.
Many of our city-centre medium-term rentals make the perfect base for immersing yourself in the history of Cambridge City. We’ve put together CheckedInn’s list of top historical must-sees while you’re in town.
It’s the obvious choice, but one not to be missed. Cambridge University dates back to the 13th Century. Some pretty famous historical heroes have passed through the halls including Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Frank Whittle. Tours are held throughout the year but restricted during term time.
In addition to the history of Cambridge’s famous alumni, you will find several of the impressive university buildings along the bank of the River Cam.
King College Chapel
This impressive chapel situated within the grounds of Kings College is an excellent example of medieval architecture.
Built in the mid 15th Century, it’s one of the oldest surviving buildings within the University site and a contender for the most iconic building in the city.
You can immerse yourself in a self-guided tour and enjoy the spectacular meadow while you’re here.
Queens College and the Mathematical Bridge
One of the most complete medieval buildings across Cambridge, the Queens College was founded in 1448.
If you are visiting Queens, be sure to check out the mathematical bridge, which was reconstructed in 1902 and leads over the River Cam and into the impressive college gardens.
It’s known as the mathematical bridge because it was built without nails; instead, it relies on the strength of the mathematical calculation.
Cambridge University Botanic Garden
If you are a gardening enthusiast, the Botanic Garden is for you. Set in an impressive 40 acres, the gardens established in 1831 holds a unique collection of over 8000 species of plants from around the world.
The garden has several glasshouses and trails that can be enjoyed on a sunny day. This is the perfect location to unwind and relax as @CUBotanicGarden said themselves: “Take a two-minute break, slow down and gently breathe to two minute moments of springtime natural beauty and calm here in the garden.”
Great St. Mary’s Church
This impressive church is both a parish and university church. The 15th-century church has a decorative interior. The galleries you can see today were installed in 1739 when university sermons attracted huge crowds.
The tower is well known for its views across the city. We recommend a visit if you want to view the city from one of the highest points.
The Fitzwilliam Museum
The Fitzwilliam is the most famous museum in Cambridge and should be top of your bucket list while in the city. It’s an architectural masterpiece that contains a stunning collection of pottery and china and many antiques from Greece, Egypt, and the Roman Empire.
In addition, the galleries contain work by Hogarth, Gainsborough, Turner, and many more. After getting your cultural fix, you can unwind in the impressive on-site cafe.
Whether you are a history buff or not, it’s hard not to be wowed by the fascinating historical sites that Cambridge has to offer.
After a hard day of historical exploration, you can head back to your fully-serviced CheckedInn rental to enjoy the evening.