I can’t believe it has taken me five years to visit Cambridge but I can tell you this quaint little town just outside of London was worth the wait. Cambridge is famous for the Universities, bridges and punting and I was very pleased to see and do all three and this day trip to Cambridge was so much fun I can’t wait to go back. Come and read about what I got up to.
I took a train from Kings Cross station to Cambridge, the journey was 50 minutes and through some of the greenest parts of England I have seen yet. The walk into the centre takes about 15 minutes and once you are there you realise just how special this place is.
On my day trip to Cambridge I saw cobbled streets, churches, tiny buildings and I very soon realised that the place is rich in history the moment you step into the old town. Some universities open their grounds to the public for free whilst others charge and some just don’t even allow the public in so if you see one open do go inside.
The first one I visited on my day trip to Cambridge was Emmanuel College, the grounds were flawless and I just loved all the arches. It was here that I realised Cambridge was a really unique destination, the College was founded in 1584, I almost can’t comprehend how old that is.
Once through the fore court and past the beautifully manicured grass was almost a secret garden. Every inch of the garden and grounds were perfection and it was a pleasure strolling through the grounds.
Just further along the road from Emmanuel College we visited Christ’s College which was equally as stunning. The buildings are older that you can imagine and it must be such an experience to come to Cambridge and be part of these College’s. This college is even older as it was founded in 1505, one of their most famous alumni is Charles Darwin.
We then meandered through the streets filled with tourists, students and people trying to sell you a punting trip. In no time we found the famous Kings College, having seen it in so many pictures I thought I’d be prepared but the building was actually breath taking.
Kings College was founded in 1441 and is one of the most prestigious of all the Colleges. I later found out on my punting trip that there is a climbing club and they have been playing tricks on the security for years by placing cones all over the highest points of the College which I thought was hilarious.
As it was a lovely sunny day we found ourselves a company to go punting with and hopped on board for a 40 minute boat trip with a wonderful guide who provided us with more information that I could take in about historic Cambridge. We chose Scudamore’s Punting as we got a pretty good deal in comparison to other people trying to flog it to us.
Seeing all of the College’s from the boat was without doubt the best way to see them and no day trip to Cambridge would be complete without a punt. Our guide was full of information and did not stop talking to us from the moment we got in the boat, he was a wealth of information and I am really glad we did it just for that.
After disembarking we did another loop around Cambridge town and headed back to catch our train back to London. There is not a doubt in my mind that I will return back to Cambridge, it is charming, easy to get around, close to London and there is so much to see! A day trip to Cambridge is the perfect weekend activity.
Have you been on a day trip to Cambridge?
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