Our recommendations for what to do, see and eat in Cambridge.
While there will be plenty at the Scratch Conference to keep you occupied, we thought it would be useful to provide a list of some of our favourite things to see and do around Cambridge for any extra days you might be spending in the city, or to keep family members entertained while you’re at the conference. Many of the places listed below are within walking distance of our venue! I
Places to Visit
- Cambridge Computer Museum – A must see for technology fans. We recommend using public transport or a taxi to get there. – Great for Kids!
- Fitzwilliam Museum – The largest and most popular museum in Cambridge, full of fascinating historical pieced and art, you can spend hours exploring – FREE
- Scott Polar Museum – Certainly worth a visit, full of awesome artifacts based around the history of polar exploration, it is a must see! – FREE
- Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology – A brilliant little museum hidden just a few minutes walk from the center, make sure to go up the stairs to see the amazing main gallery and the 14m high totem pole – FREE
- Museum of Zoology – Newly refurbished, this museum is great for kids and anyone with an interest in biology, make sure to take a closer look at the skeleton of the fin whale – FREE – Great for Kids!
- Whipple Museum – Hidden halfway down ‘Free School Lane’ this museum is dedicated to the history of science, please note this museum is closed over the bank holiday- FREE
- Duxford Air Museum – Several Miles south of Cambridge, this museum is accessible only by car or bus. A former first and second world war airbase, this large museum has an incredible collection of aircraft spanning the history of aviation. – Great for Kids!
- Botanic Gardens – For a quiet afternoon, the University Botanic Gardens is worth a visit for plant lovers and park lovers alike.
- Kettles Yard – is a great little art museum and house belonging to the former curator of the Tate Gallery in London, it is beautiful and a must visit for art lovers.
- For a small fee you can climb the tower of Great St Mary’s Church next to the market, to get some of the best views of Cambridge and the surrounding countryside.
- Visit the world famous Kings College Chapel, and see one of the most beautiful buildings in Cambridge.
- Cambridge has many beautiful old colleges to visit, take a walk through their grounds and courtyards to escape the busy streets outside.
- Cambridge Gin Laboratory is an interactive space in the centre of Cambridge, dedicated to the appreciation of gin!
Places to Eat
- Have afternoon tea at Fitzbillies, and try one of their famous Chelsea buns.
- If you fancy a great burger, check out Steak and Honour.
- Find lunch in the Market, where there are plenty of great food options daily.
- The Pint Shop is a great pub/restaurant where you can try award winning pub meals paired with amazing beers.
- If you want somewhere a bit more scenic, check out The Mill.
- Stem and Glory is the place to go if you want some excellent Vegan food.
- The Old Bicycle Shop is a lovely little place to stop for a coffee or sit down for a larger meal.
- Hot Numbers Coffee is a popular coffee shop with locals and coffee lovers alike.
- If you are a Sushi lover, you will love Sticks ‘N’ Sushi, there is something for everyone.
- Six restaurant offers fresh british seasonal food with spectacular views of Cambridge.
- Thaikhun serves authentic Thai street food and Thai inspired cocktails.
- St John’s Chophouse produces traditional British food like steak and chops and has local real ales direct from the cask.
- The River Bar is a great restaurant serving steak, fish, grilled food and desserts in a beautiful riverside setting
Our Favourite Pubs
- The Eagle, the pub in which Crick and Watson announced to the public the discovery of the double helix DNA.
- The Punter, just a few minutes walk from Churchill College, this pub has a great atmosphere and outdoor courtyard to relax in.
- Cambridge Wine Merchants is a popular wine bar in a great location on Bridge St.
- The Free Press is an excellent typical Cambridge pub on a quiet residential street a couple of minutes walk from the center.
- The Cambridge Blue is a favourite with the locals, visit it to check out their massive range of beers and great atmosphere.
- The Pint Shop, a great constantly updated selection of beers.
- Thirsty, a trendy little cafe/wine bar with multiple locations around Cambridge is worth a visit to relax in the evening with an excellent selection of wines and craft beers, or during the day for a great coffee.
- Bread and Meat
- Jack’s Gelato
- Cambridge Brewhouse
- Franco Manca
- The Garden Room at The Tamburlaine
- If you have never been to Cambridge before you have to go on a punt down the river Cam. You can get guided tours or try your hand at it yourself!
- Cambridge is a historic city with plenty of stories, why not spend an evening taking a Ghost Tour, and see the city in a whole new light.
- Cambridge is a cycling city, so why not rent a bike for a day, or go on a guided cycling tour.
- If you want to escape the city and visit the countryside, why not walk (50 minutes) along the River Cambs to Grantchester, a charming little village with some great pubs.
- Cambridge Market has been home to traders since the middle ages, and while the surrounding buildings have changed, the market is still there. Have a walk around and check out the many different stalls selling arts and crafts, street food, and more.
- Cambridge has lots of parks, why not spend a few hours following the river through Jesus Green, spot the cows on Midsummer Common, and follow the rowers up to Stourbridge Common.