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The best things to do in Cambridge with kids

The best things to do in Cambridge with kids

You won’t be short of things to do when you visit the historic city of Cambridge no matter what time of year. From punting on the River Cam to visiting the colleges – children – especially older ones – will be just as awed by the uni atmosphere as the majestic architecture. And if history isn’t your family’s thing, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Botanic Garden or get a fresh squeezed lemonade from the open air market. It’s all cool and it’s all in Cambridge!

We asked BritMums bloggers to share their favourite thing to do with kids in Cambridge. Here are their best tips and insights on things to do in Cambridge with kids.

Punting in Cambridge with teens

Frog Mom (aka Laure Latham) says: “I love walking from Cambridge along to Grantchester Meadows, watching punters and swimmers, all the way to The Orchard Tea Garden where we stop for lunch or tea. It’s a great spot for families and everybody sits under apple trees on deck chairs, enjoying a genteel countryside break without walking back to Cambridge.” 

Go punting in Cambridge

Going punting on the Cam is a classic activity in Cambridge. Penny from suggests leaving punting to the experts and pay an expert to do it for you! “It’s much harder than it looks and I really thought all four of us were going to end up in the water. Such a relief to return to dry land!”

You can go punting in cold weather as well, says Cathy at Mummy Travels. “You can snuggle under blankets and be punted if it’s winter too.”

Cambridge mathematical bridge
Leave the punting to the experts and get a chauffeur!

The London Mum says: “Punting for sure. Heading to Grantchester in a punt is great fun.” 

Science outings in Cambridge with kids

Shoba from Just Go Places suggests trying the Cambridge Centre for Computing History. “I showed my kids my family’s first computer (a Tandy) and they couldn’t believe how big it was. A fun trip down memory lane which will make parents feel unbelievably old.”

Cathy from Mummytravels also suggests: “Try the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences has dinosaurs/fossils and meteoroids and the botanic gardens are lovely to visit too.”

Cambridge bicycles
Walking around Kings College Cambridge
Walking around Kings College, Cambridge

Visit museums and chapels

Richard from Life in Our Van recommends sightseeing. “Visit Kings Chapel and try the fudge making shop opposite too. Kings College has always held an interest ever since seeing the world-famous Christmas Eve ‘ Carol Service’. Privately owned, it’s one of the Top 3 largest chapels in the world behind the Sistine Chapel, it could easily be a cathedral. Then venture towards Trinity College and the chance to visit Heffer’s bookshop. This wonderful bookshop has a specialist children’s section that could easily occupy your children for hours”.

Great St Mary’s church also provides great views, says Kirsty from The Mummy Sphere. “With older children you can climb the clock tower for stunning views of the city”.

The Fitzwilliam Museum has family friendly trails and events. Plus it’s free!

Susanna from A Modern Mother says: “The Polar Museum (free) has is a collection of items (including clothing, maps, journals) from polar exploration in the Arctic and Antarctic. It’s part of the The Scott Polar Research Institute which has continuing research into our changing environment. Any young environmentalists will find it fascinating (and you can try on polar clothing too).”

Young environmentalists will find The Polar Museums fascinating – and you can try on polar clothing too!

Get out of town!

Emma from The Bavarian Sojourn suggest venturing slightly out of the city. “Wandlebury Country Park is a great place to explore for both young and old, with more than 8 miles of walks through forest and beautiful countryside. It’s also home to an iron age hill fort for history enthusiasts, and don’t miss a visit to The Gog Farmshop next door afterwards for a restoring hot chocolate, and the best sausage rolls!”

Where to stay: Hotel Felix

Just a mile from the centre of Cambridge is Hotel Felix, a luxury 4-star hotel just a mile outside Cambridge City Centre. The hotel combines traditional 1850’s Victorian architecture with contemporary design. If you are looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, Hotel Felix is for you. It’s full of surprising features, including a huge art collection that features works from Edward Muybridge’s famous motion photography studies in the 1900s!

Felix dog statue in Cambridge
Just a mile from the centre of Cambridge is Hotel Felix, a luxury 4-star hotel just a mile outside Cambridge City Centre.

It’s a very comfortable (think Hypnos beds!) place to base yourself to explore Cambridge. The Junior Suites are very large and can easily accommodate a family of 5. Plus there’s free parking – a huge plus for Cambridge. Make sure to eat at Graffiti, their AA 2 rosettes restaurant. 

One night’s stay at Hotel Felix starts from £190 (B&B basis with free parking and Wi-Fi). For more information or seasonal discounts / packages please visit the website / 01223 277 977.

Disclosure: A one-night stay at Hotel Felix was provided for the purpose of this review. All opinions are that of the author.

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About Susanna Scott

Susanna Scott founded the BritMums social network in 2008 after a career in marketing. She wanted to create a space for parent bloggers to network, and share ideas and opportunities. She is often quoted as a pioneer in the UK Mum Blogging space, and has been named a top female entrepreneur. She has been featured in The Times, The FT, The Independent, The Guardian, The Sun, Technorati, She, Primo Baby and Red magazine, amongst others. She speaks frequently about blogging, social networking and the BritMums community at industry events. Her blog A Modern Mother ranks in the UK’s top 10 Family Tarvel Blogs. Follow her on @amodernmother.