There are loads of great things to do by day in Cambridge and the Things To Do In Cambridge team have tried to pick out some of the best ideas for all the family to enjoy in this great city.

  1. Parks
  2. Gardens
  3. Bike Hire
  4. Walking Tours
  5. Sightseeing Bus Tour
  6. Corpus Clock
  7. Jesus Green Outdoor Pool
  8. Parkside Swimming Pool
  9. Cambridge Cookery School
  10. Cambridge Wine School
  11. Cambridge Food Tours
  12. Gin Laboratory
  13. Escape Rooms
  14. Cinema’s
  15.  Zoo and Wildlife
  16. Thirsty Riverside Beer Garden
  17. Food Park
  18. Librarys
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Parkers Piece – Cambridge

1 Parks

Parkers Piece

Beautiful 25 acre green common near the city centre.

Jesus Green

Lovely park near the city centre beside the river. It has an outdoor lido, , childrens play area and tennis courts.

Midsummer Common

Area of common land in the city centre beside the River Cam, often grazed by cows…you don’t see that in many Cities!!!

Wandlebury Country Park 

A great thing to do by day is visit Wandlebury Park, a wildlife rich nature reserve with 8 miles of winding footpaths on the outskirts of the city, very close to the wonderful Gog Magog Farmshop,, an amazing award winning cafe, butchery and deli….Things To Do In Cambridge love this for a perfect pit stop after a ramble.

Trumpington Meadows and Byron’s Pool

A nature reserve and country park that sits along side The River Cam. Lovely riverside walk to Grantchester which has a great tea garden and a good variety of pubs.

The River Cam

A must as recommend by Things To Do In Cambridge, a great thing to do by day is stroll along and enjoy the River Cam, the main river that flows through the city. You can enjoy punting, picnicking or fabulous walks along the world famous ‘Backs’ and see sights such as The Bridge of Sighs, the Mathematical Bridge and Kings College.

Milton Country Park

95 acres of parkland is situated north of the city. It has two miles of pathways, playgrounds, lakes, visitors centre and a cafe.

2 Gardens

The Botanic Gardens 

The Cambridge University Botanic Gardens lie within 40 acres of beautiful gardens and glasshouses with plants from all over the world. Great cafe and often hosting a variety of events and courses. A Things To Do In Cambridge must not miss… a great thing to do by day.

Clare Fellows Garden

The Fellows Garden at Clare College has over the years been restored back to its former glory, with magnificent herbaceous boarders and a sunken garden which lead down to the river.

Anglesey Abbey

Owned by the National Trust this country house formally a priory is 5 1/2 miles northeast of Cambridge in the village of Lode. These stunning gardens have something to see in every season plus a working watermill and outdoor adventure area. There are formal gardens as well as vast sweeping avenues with hidden statues, perfect for picnics or you can just sit and relax and enjoy the splendour. There is also a great restaurant and plant centre.

3 Bike Hire

City Cycles

Rutland Cycling,

Cambridge Bike Tours

Outspoken Cycle

4 Walking Tours

Organised walking tours or you can tailor make them to suit you…..A brilliant thing to do by day in Cambridge, you can really see the sights and get a bit of history about this great city.

Cambridge Alumi Tours

Oxbridge Tours

Tours of Cambridge

Cambridge Tour Guides

Footprint Tours – 2 hour free tour

5 City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus

A real must for things to do by day, the sightseeing bus is a great way to see the sights, with 19 stops throughout the city it runs from 10.10 am to 5.10 pm (summer) 3.40 pm (winter) every 20 minutes, a total loop of the city is 80 minutes and the tour is available in 9 languages and runs all year.

6 Corpus Clock

A large sculptural clock of an insect eating time. It is at street level and can be found outside of the Taylor Library at Corpus Christi College on Bene’t Street…. a real tourist attraction.trinityclock


7 Jesus Green  Outdoor Pool

One of the few remaining Lido’s, built in 1923, it is the longest pool in the country at 91 meters. Open between May and September, it also boasts a newly opened sauna and there is also space to sunbathe and chill. The team at Things To Do In Cambridge love to nip here for a crafty dip on a hot day.

8 Parkside Swimming Pool

This great complex has 3 pools, an 8 lane pool at 25 meters long with two flumes, a diving pool and a childrens leisure pool, a 120 station gym and fitness studio, the pool is very accessible for disabled people.

9 Cambridge Cookery School

The cookery school runs classes in a range of culinary themes, its very hands on and taught in small intimate groups. A great fun day to brush up on those cookery skills in this Award Winning school. They also run Cambridge Cookery Bistro and Cafe which offers freshly baked breads, cakes, pastries, lunches and also a Saturday evening Bistro. A must for all foodies.

10 Cambridge Wine School

If you love your Vino, you’ll love what Cambridge Wine School has to offer you, a great way to pass a few hours in the day and evening in Cambridge. They offer Evening Taster’s to Saturday lunch, Champagne tasting with some Cheese and Wine Tasting thrown in along the way. This wine school offers you everything from introductions to wine right up to wine qualifications. Loads of fun, set in a relaxed setting helps you to make new discovery and be more confident when buying wine.

11 Cambridge Food Tours 

Whats not to love – food! – there’s a food tour here to tempt everyone…from the best pastries in town to lunches with a twist, to Artisan food, a hidden food tour, sweets and to round things off a Gin and Craft Beer Tour. These are walking tours that will take you to some of the best food producers around the city. Things To Do In Cambridge love the food tours,  its a great way to meet local producers, talk to them about their food, of which they are passionate and of course do some tasting.

12 Gin Laboratory

If you love Gin, then get yourself to Green Street, where you can learn all about Gin production, blend your own bottle of Gin and then get to taste not only their award winning range of Cambridge Distillery products but a great range of cocktails and specialty coffees.

13 Escape Rooms

60 minutes to solve clues and riddles to escape from a locked room….get the old grey mater working….great fun for all the family.

Lockhouse Escape Rooms

Cambridge Escape Rooms

14 Cinema’s


The Light Cinema

Arts Picturehouse

See Pop Up Gems for Open air Cinema’s in the Summer months

15 Zoo and Wildlife

Linton Zoo

Shepreth Wildlife Park

See Go Beyond for more suggestions.

16 Thirsty Riverside Beer Garden

Things to do by day in  Cambridge would not be complete without a visit to Thirsty Beer Garden, open in the summer months – this open air German style biergarten is set in the grounds of  The Museum of Technology by the River Cam. Open Friday, Saturday and Sundays from lunchtime through into the evenings, they serve a good selection of drinks, obviously this includes beer and cider, also wine and fizz. Food trucks re on sight as well and change daily and sometimes there is an open air cinema. Good, lively atmosphere.

17 Food Park

Cambridge street food at its best, serves lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at three different venues around the city, they also run pop up evening markets as well, several times a year with drinks and music.

18 Librarys

Cambridge University

Cambridge Central