Things to see in Cambridge

Tourist offices

Cambridge Tourist Information Centre

Peas Hill (off Market Place), Cambridge, CB2 3AD, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 871 226 8006.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1100-1500 (April-Oct); Mon-Sat 1000-1700 (Nov-Mar).
www.visitcambridge.org

Cambridge University colleges

Cambridge University is the second oldest university in England, and shares an unrivalled reputation for excellence and tradition with Oxford University. The university's various colleges, many of them architectural masterpieces, are scattered throughout the city. Many are partially open to visitors at certain times. A board at the entrance lists opening times; otherwise ask at the tourist office.

Opening Times: Various.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology

This world-class collection of Oceanic, Asian, African and Native American artefacts includes many full-sized extremely colourful items (canoes, sculptures, masks, totem pole) and is an exotic feast of images and well-presented ideas. Highlights include the largest collections of objects from the voyages of Captain James Cook and an impressive collection of Anglo Saxon material from Britain.

Opening Times: Tue-Sat 1030-1630, Sun 1200-1630.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3DZ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 333 516.
The Round Church

This atmospheric Norman survivor, albeit extensively renovated, is one of only four round churches in the country. It dates back to 1130AD, making it one of the oldest buildings in Cambridge, and hosts an excellent permanent exhibition on the impact of Christianity in England.

Opening Times: Mon-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1330-1600.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: No
Unesco: No
Address: Bridge Street, Cambridge, CB2 1UB, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 311 602.
Cambridge & County Folk Museum

This charming and comprehensive museum, focusing on local social history and folklore, is housed in the former 16th-century White Horse Inn. Items in its collection include a wonderful mix of everything from the mundane to the bizarre, such as courting tokens made of corn, to moles’ paws carried to prevent rheumatism and an old-fashioned vacuum cleaner.

Opening Times: Tues-Sat 1030-1700, Sun 1200-1600.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: 2/3 Castle Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AQ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 355 159
Great St Mary's Church

The fine old university church overlooks the market square and boasts a tower with a narrow vertiginous staircase that opens to look down on the heart of the medieval city. Its physical foundations date from around 1010 and a church has stood in this very spot since 1205.

Opening Times: Mon-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1245-1600 (winter); Mon-Sat 1000-1630, Sun 1245-1630 (summer) (for tower).
Admission Fees: Yes (for tower).
Disabled Access: No
Unesco: No
Address: King's Parade, Cambridge, CB2 3PQ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 741 720.
The Fitzwilliam Museum

The university's art collection provides the basis for one of the finest small museum-galleries in Europe, with art and antiquities spanning centuries and civilisations. Among the highlights are paintings from the 14th century to the present day, drawings and prints, sculpture and oriental art.

Opening Times: Tues-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1200-1700.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RB, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 332 900.
Cambridge University Botanic Garden

The university's botanic garden is a beautifully landscaped 40-acre (16-hectare) garden a mile south of the city centre. The collection numbers more than 8,000 labelled plant species, featuring many different kinds of landscapes, from the alpine to woodlands, as well as several glasshouses, a lake, a winter garden and a rock garden.

Opening Times: Daily 1000-1800 (Apr-Sep); daily 1000-1700 (Feb, Mar, Oct); daily 1000-1600 (Nov-Jan).
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: 1 Brookside, Cambridge, CB2 1JE, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 336 265.
Scott Polar Research Institute

Cambridge is home to both the British Antarctic Survey and the Scott Polar Research Institute, putting the city at the cutting edge of polar exploration. Learn more about the history of our quest to conquer the planet’s coldest places in the Institute’s small but fascinating museum.

Opening Times: Tues-Sat 1000-1600.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1EP, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 336 540.
Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

An old fashioned but atmospheric museum with impressive dinosaur skeletons and specimens collected by Darwin on his 1831 voyage aboard The Beagle. In total, the museum is responsible for at least 2 million fossil, rock and mineral specimens from around the world, and a stroll around its ancient corridors will take you on a 4.5 billion year journey through time.

Opening Times: Mon-Fri 1000-1300 and 1400-1700, Sat 1000-1600.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EQ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 333 456.
Whipple Museum of the History of Science

This collection is renowned for its early scientific instruments, dating from the 14th century. The museum is named after its founder, Robert Stewart Whipple (1871-1953), who presented his collection of 1,000 scientific instruments, and a similar number of rare books, to Cambridge University in 1944.

Opening Times: Mon-Fri 1230-1630.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Free School Lane, Cambridge, CB2 3RH, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 330 906.
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