48 Hours in Cambridge, UK

  • bridge, autumn trees, riverside at Cambridge

  • rooftops of gothic buildings in Cambridge

  • exterior view of Cambridge University

  • pastries on multiple plates in Cambridge.

Visit one of the United Kingdom’s most historical cities, Cambridge. It offers a relaxing atmosphere, great food and a lot of cultures. Cambridge is best enjoyed by foot or on a bike, explore the narrow cobbled streets that surround the cozy city center for a great walkable tour.

Day One
Kick start your stay with a visit to East Anglia’s top tourist attraction, the Fitzwilliam Museum. The museum offers a huge variety of collections including armoury, drawings, and jewelry from all over the world. My personal favorite is the Degas, Desboutin, and Rembrandt: Parallels in Prints Collection.

Afterward, enjoy a stop at Fitzbillies Café on Trumpington Street – the home of the famous Chelsea bun, a sticky current bun with cinnamon – yum! Fitzbillie’s is owned by Radio 4 Food writer, Tim Hayward, it checks all the boxes with a warm welcome, great coffee, and the best eggs on toast!

Cambridge is the perfect place to find something special for your “someone special”, the Grand Arcade shopping center has a unique mix of high street favorites in individual boutiques along the streets around Market Square.

No visit to Cambridge is complete without stopping in at the famous Eagle Pub. Legend has it there’s a ghost dating back to the 16th century that haunts the city but is more famous for its WW2 pilot graffiti and it is the place where the first discovery of DNA was announced.

Day Two
After a relaxing breakfast, enjoy a punting tour of the College Backs for unique views of historic buildings and their stunning gardens as well as the best stories about their graduates – like Stephen Hawking. Try Scudamore’s who gives you blankets, hot water bottles and a flask of hot tea to keep you snug.

If you’ve worked up an appetite, DoubleTree’s Afternoon Tea, served in their riverside restaurant is the best way to relax and refresh yourself. They also offer gluten-free and savory options! Take a stroll to the nearby Botanic Gardens; it is a great place to stretch your legs and enjoy beautiful landscapes.

Cambridge is a small city with a huge collection of historical sites. Be sure to pack suitable walking shoes, layers of clothing and an umbrella for impromptu rain showers. Get lost on a side street or take a guided tour around the city to experience the history and culture Cambridge has to offer.

Whether you’ve got one day or one week, Cambridge has something to suit everybody – from avid architecture fans to history buffs to outdoor explorers. Book your stay at the Cambridge DoubleTree today and visit one of England’s most fascinating cities.

woman sitting on a wall

This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Hannah G. Are you interested in traveling to Cambridge? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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