Things to do in Cambridge
This is a guide to walking around the Colleges and Museums without a tour guide. This walk will take you to some of the most popular Colleges and Museums, most of them free of charge. We’ve done our best to guide you. Use our pictures as markers to keep you on track.
Park in the Grand Arcade CB2 3QF. Find Sports Direct. It is on the ground floor at the opposite end to John Lewis
Sports Direct is left then right as you walk out of the car park and into the Grand Arcade, on the ground floor. Exit the Grand Arcade. Sports Direct will be on your left as you leave.
Directly opposite to the left is Christ College (free admission). You are looking for the Great Gate. (Make sure you start here).
When you leave, Christ College, walk out of the Great Gate and turn left. Downing College CB2 1DQ (free admission) is a 5 minute walk away. Walk past John Lewis, Nando’s, All-Bar-One and Wetherspoons and in the distance you can see Pizza Hut.
Downing College is directly opposite Pizza Hut.
When you leave, Downing College, walk out of the gate and turn left. Walk past Whetherspoons and Nando’s. Turn left at the junction that has John lewis opposite. This is Downing Street.
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When you walk down Downing Street there are two popular museums that are free to enter on the left-hand side. These are the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Sedgwick Museum.
Turn left when you come out of the museums. You will now find yourself on Pembroke Street. When you reach the end of the road, turn left and immediately on the left is Pembroke College (free admission) CB2 1RF.
On leaving Pembroke College turn left and walk 200 yards. Across the road is Fitzwilliam Museum CB2 1RB. Free Admission.
When you leave Fitzwilliam Museum turn left and walk to the junction. Turn left onto Silver Street where the tailors shop is called Ede & Ravenscroft.
Walk for 200 yards and your first right is Queens College entrance and shop. Entry to Queens is £3.
When you leave, turn right and right again back onto Silver Street. Walk 200 yards and on the right is the world famous Mathematical Bridge.
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Opposite the Mathematical Bridge you can go punting and there is a public house called The Anchor. You can sit outside and watch the punters.
Walk back up Silver Street to the mens tailors, Ede & Ravenscroft and turn left. You are nearly on Kings Parade and close to Kings College.
Before you get to Kings College you have St Catherines College CB2 1RL on the left, visitors are welcome but you have to report to Porters Lodge for details.
Directly opposite St Catherines is Corpus Christi College. Visitors are welcome all year round but there is a small fee.
Keep walking and on the right is the Corpus Clock. The clock is plated in pure gold, has no hands and is not digital, yet tells the time with absolute exactness.
Kings college is directly opposite. This is a most beautiful part of the city. Kings college charge £8 per adult and £5 for children and concessions.
Keep walking down Kings Parade until you come to Gonville and Caius College. Entry is free to Gonville College. The entrance is tucked away on the left, 50 yards from the big white building and the end of Kings College.
30 yards on from Gonville and Cauis College is a road called Trinity lane.
Trinity Lane leads you down to the ‘backs’ where you can punt or enjoy the scenery.
Walk back up Trinity Lane and turn left and 500 yards away is St Johns College.
Walk back towards Gonville College and take your left onto Rose Crescent
This brings you out onto the Market Square.
There are two public houses nearby to the Market Square that are very pleasant. The Eagle and The Bath House, which are 50 feet away from each other.
Please take note
The colleges and museums can close without warning. The colleges are still being used for education, therefore closed for exams, which is normally from May to June. The museums that are free, may ask for a donation at your discretion.