Things to do in Cambridge

Cambridge Travel Guide- How to travel round the City Centre

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Cambridge Travel Guide- Travel to Cambridge

Cambridge is not just a city; it’s a world within itself. With its stunning architecture that dates back centuries, lush green parks that offer a tranquil escape from the bustling city life, and an array of cultural attractions that never fail to captivate visitors, Cambridge is indeed a treasure trove waiting to be discovered.

However, it can be tricky to travel round this city, so here’s some top tips whether you are local or a visitor.

Travelling by Bus

Travelling around Cambridge by bus is a practical and efficient way to explore this historic city. The city’s comprehensive bus network, operated by several different companies, provides regular services to various parts of the city and its surrounding areas.

From the iconic University of Cambridge to the picturesque River Cam, these buses cover a wide range of routes, making it easy for both locals and tourists to navigate the city.

They also offer an eco-friendly alternative to driving, helping to reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions in the city.

In addition to regular services, there arRed sightseeing bus. This is one way to travel to Cambridge and explore the sightse also numerous park-and-ride sites located on the outskirts of Cambridge, offering an easy solution for those who prefer to avoid the hassle of city centre parking and making travel to Cambridge easy.

As a sightseer you might be interested in the Cambridge City Sightseeing Bus Tour which regularly visits all the key attractions in the city

Travelling by Car

Navigating Cambridge’s narrow streets and complex parking systems can be challenging for newcomers, particularly as many of the central roads have bollards which require special access.

The city centre is largely pedestrianised, making it inaccessible to most vehicles.

There are numerous Park and Ride facilities on the outskirts of the city that provide an efficient solution to this issue.

These sites offer free parking and regular bus services into the heart of Cambridge, ensuring a smooth transition from driving to exploring on foot.

There are four multi-storey city centre car parks that can be used if you are driving but be warned they can be expensive and it can be hard finding a parking spot on the side streets of the City Centre, so Park and Ride is recommended.

If you need a taxi there are a number of  city centre taxi firms including Panther Taxis who are familiar with the city and its side streets. Guidance on booking a taxi can be found https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/be-taxi-aware-information-for-passengershere

Travelling by Bike

One of the most distinctive features of this charming city is its deep-rooted cycling culture. Travelling by bike in Cambridge is not just a mode of transportation; it’s a way of life embraced by students, locals, and tourists alike and a great way to travel to Cambridge

The city’s is generally flat so it’s very easy to get about but be warned bike theft is a problem in Cambridge and you will need a very good lock and secure parking space.

Whether you’re commuting to work or university, exploring the city’s historic sites, or simply enjoying a leisurely ride along the River Cam, biking offers a convenient, healthy, and environmentally friendly way to get around.

Travelling by Boat

Surprisingly travelling by a boat is a unique way to travel to Cambridge.

The River Cam, which runs through the heart of Cambridge, is a popular route for boat tours and private rentals. As you glide along the calm waters, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the city’s iconic landmark. There is a boat which departs from Fen Ditton further along the Cam and stops in the near Jesus Lock. To find out more visit: https://camboats.co.uk/

Punting – a traditional form of boating where a flat-bottomed boat is propelled by pushing against the riverbed with a pole – is a quintessential Cambridge experience.

Walking

Walking is by far the best way to explore Cambridge, UK, and let me tell you why. Not only will you be able to immerse yourself in the rich history of this incredible city, but you’ll also get a chance to explore the many hidden gems that can only be discovered on foot. As you wander down the charming cobblestone streets, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported back in time.

Cambridge is home to some of the most breathtaking architecture in the world, and walking is the only way to fully appreciate its beauty. You’ll have the opportunity to gaze up at the towering spires of King’s College Chapel, stroll through the pristine gardens of Trinity College, and marvel at the intricate carvings that adorn the historic buildings that line the streets.

There are also a number of walking tours that can take away the stress and show you all the top sights.

Travelling in Cambridge isn’t always the greatest experience as it can get very busy.  Generally, buses, biking or walking are your best option, but don’t let that put you off exploring this beautiful city it really is worth it.

If you are looking for somewhere to stay our Cambridge B&B rooms are simple and affordable, and many have an en-suite bathroom. As a guest of the College, you are welcome to explore the beautiful grounds which are steeped in history and are home to Milton’s Mulberry Tree and Darwin’s Garden.

Our dedicated team of staff has won a Gold Bid Award for Best Overall Customer Experience 2022, so you can be sure of a warm welcome.

To find out more about the Bed and Breakfast accommodation we offer visit https://www.christscollegehospitality.co.uk/

Book directly with us and you will receive 10 percent off our publicised rates and a welcome pack on arrival. Just set up a member login on our website before you book.

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