A beautiful historic city in the south of England that is home to one of the most prestigious universities in the world, Cambridge is a great place for culture vultures. Although the UK, in general, is not thought to be a good place for travellers who are trying to work with a tight budget, there are several excellent things to do and see in Cambridge that won’t cost so much. Some are even free!
Here are some of the best ways to enjoy the UK’s lovely city of Cambridge on a budget:
Feel Scholarly with a Walk Through the University
Cambridge University – just the name invokes a sense of intelligence and aspiration! A highlight of many trips to the city, strolling through the university’s grounds won’t cost you a penny. The historic buildings exude a rare splendour, and there are many interesting architectural details to admire. See bookish students making their way to class, and bask in the aura of knowledge that pervades the air. Whilst it’s not possible to go inside many of the buildings unless you are part of an organised tour, simply admiring the magnificent structures from the outside provides plenty of great photo opportunities. One building that is worth paying the small admission fee for a peek inside is the magnificent King’s College Chapel. A gothic gem, the colourful and detailed stained glass windows and the abundance of religious art cannot fail to impress. Head over to Trinity College and look inside the Wren Library, where you will find Isaac Newton’s walking stick and the original of the children’s favourite, Winnie the Pooh.
Stroll the Grounds of the Grand Wimpole Hall
Whilst there is a fee if you want to look around inside the stately building, enjoying the pretty and impressive grounds is completely free. You can snap off a few pictures of the building’s red-brick and stucco exterior too, reminders of your trip to the biggest country house in the whole county of Cambridgeshire. Walk along the leafy tree-lined pathways, relax in the lush parkland, and see cattle roaming the expansive farmland.
Browse the Stalls at Market Square
Offering a wide assortment of goods and edible items, Market Square is a vibrant and atmospheric place to simply wander around and enjoy the vibe. You can pick up some reasonably priced gifts and souvenirs, and it’s also a great place for a budget-friendly lunch. Grab a bite to eat from one of the stands and enjoy! Whilst you can visit the market on any day, it has the most vendors, and largest crowds, on Sundays.
Chill Out Alongside Mill Pond
A picturesque spot that could be just perfect for a picnic, the waterside setting provides plenty of great views. Quaint bridges span the water and the lush lawns just invite you to lay out a picnic blanket in the shade of a weeping willow tree. Great views, a peaceful ambiance, fresh air, nature, and no cost, what more could you ask for?!
Other free or low-cost things to enjoy in Cambridge include admiring the superb Anglesey Abbey, hunting for bargains at the many car-boot sales, supping a pint of real ale in one of the numerous traditional pubs, window shopping in the eclectic antique stores, browsing in the book stores, and seeing the plethora of fossils that are housed within the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. Even trying your hand at the famous punting along the River Cam isn’t so costly. Visit Cambridge and you’re sure to be delighted at the assortment of budget-friendly things to see and do.