Whether you're on a budget or not, if you're thinking about traveling through Cambridge in England anytime soon, you can read this travel guide before traveling.
I live in Cambridge, UK, writing this and have been here for over a year; I leave in six months for the first trip alone. That's why I thought it was my first post.
What could be a better place to start than the beautiful city where you currently live ?!
This guide is more for tourists than tourists, but Cambridge is not cheap, but if you know where to look and go, you can have fun visiting museums, botanical gardens, universities and colleges, and more!
How to get to Cambridge
Getting to Cambridge depends on where you come from and your budget.
If you're flying, Stansted Airport is the nearest airport to Cambridge. There is a direct train that is very easy to find and leaves regularly for Cambridge. Trains take 30 to 40 minutes and prices range from £ 9.50 to £ 12.50 depending on the time of day. There is also a bus option, which I will explain in the next chapter.
Bus and coach
Buses to Cambridge run from Birmingham, London, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Stansted. You have to decide what the best form of transport is for you, but using the bus will be the cheapest option.
All buses arrive and depart at the bus stop on Drummer Street and Emmanuel Street, which are next to each other and are located in the very center of the city. To check all prices and times, the best place to visit is the National Express website, which can be found here.
Cambridge has very good train service and is easy to find. With many connections to London, Stansted Airport and East Anglia, using trains is the fastest option if you're in a hurry. There are three main rail lines;
Cross Country – this is a direct connection between Stansted Airport and Birmingham, it is the fastest route for anyone traveling from Birmingham or Stansted or anywhere in between.
National Express East Anglia – This train goes to London Liverpool Street. They also have trains in the direction of Ely / Norwich.
First Capital Express – trains to London Kings Cross (you can also spell London Kings X), trains to Ely and Kings Lynn. To be honest, I never paid attention to the rail line I used and I often used trains in Cambridge! I usually use the National Rail website to check live times and prices before departure.
If you need a bus to get around Cambridge, the best choice is a Stage Coach. You can get a day pass for £ 3.30, which is valid throughout the day and can be used as many times as you need on all Cambridge Stagecoach buses. Buses run every 10-20 minutes.
Staying in Cambridge can be expensive, the cheapest place I know is YHA, it's a hostel and has very good reviews. Prices are around £ 20 per night. If you want a hotel, they can cost at least 75 pounds per night to 400 pounds, yes! That is why, if you are a tourist on a budget, staying at the YHA Cambridge Hostel is definitely the best choice. It is only a 5-minute walk from the train station and a 15-minute walk from the city center.
Food and drinks
In Cambridge there are many places for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with lots of places to buy snacks, but it's not cheap, except to pay at least £ 5 for a good meal. Check this website to find a great guide to the cheapest places to eat in Cambridge, England.
Things to do / see
This section can take a long time, because there are many things to do, from visiting museums, galleries, universities and colleges to partying in some clubs. I have to admit that Cambridge nightlife is not the best, but most people come to Cambridge for attractions rather than for a party.
The Fitzwilliam Museum – free
If your art and antiques is your art, the Fitz Museum is for you.
Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences – Free
It's a geology museum at the University of Cambridge.
University of Cambridge Museum of Archeology and Anthropology – Free
Whipple Museum – free
History of Science
County Folk Museum – Free
For lovers of the people
Museum of Classical Archeology – Free
Another museum from CU.
Scott Polar Museum – free
History of science in Antarctica exploration
Zoology Museum – Closed until 2016
Czajników Square – free of charge
One of the best art galleries in Cambridge
New art collection – for free
Close to the Fitz Museum
Pubs and clubs
There are many beautiful pubs and several clubs in Cambridge if you fancy a bit of nightlife.
Probably the most popular club for students, usually admission from 3 to 5 pounds.
It's a daytime pub that turns into a club at night, it's one of the more popular places in Cambridge, and depending on what you like, it might be the best place. I must say that this is my favorite place where you can go when a proper night is taking place.
The King Street Run
My favorite pub, not for everyone, but has a great atmosphere!
The Regal This is the cheapest place in Cambridge for a drink, always free admission and is located on Regent Street.
For more information on Cambridge's best pubs and clubs, visit VisitCambridge.
Most diving sites cost from around £ 14.00 for adults and £ 7 for children. Here are some of the most popular diving sites in Cambridge.
The Cambridge Punting Company – guided boat trips along the historic University of Cambridge. Cambridge Chauffeur Punts – See the famous bridges and colleges along the Cam River.
Let & # 39; s Go Punting – private and shared Chauffeured River Tours of Cambridge.
Scudamores Punting – College supports punting.
The Cambridge Botanic Gardens, opened in 1846, house plants from around the world in 40-acre gardens and greenhouses! Admission costs £ 4.50.
If you're interested in Cambridge history and its walks, I recommend this website, which contains detailed maps and lots of information!