So you’ve decided to come and visit us in Cambridge. You’re in good company as there are thousands of tourists visiting our great city each year.

Don’t worry, just like all them, you’re not going to be short of things to do… Here’s The Royal Cambridge Hotel’s handy guide to what to do when you’re in Cambridge:

1. Fitzwilliam Museum

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

The location of The Royal Cambridge Hotel couldn’t be better as we’re right on the doorstep of one of the greatest museums in the world.

From the outside, the building is stunning. From the inside, you could get lost for days exploring all the fascinating art and antiquities on display.

What makes it even greater is that it’s free!

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2. The Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens, Cambridge

Again, The Royal Cambridge Hotel couldn’t be better placed – it’s literally sandwiched between our two most recommended things to do in Cambridge!

Head out of the hotel the other way from the Fitzwilliam Museum and you’ll come to the stunning Botanic Gardens.
Over 40 acres of beautiful landscape, thousands of varieties of plants to see, as well as a lake, rock gardens and an incredible collection of trees, this is a must see when in Cambridge.

Ideally see this on a sunny day.

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3. Punting Tours

Punting on the River Cam, Cambridge

There’s no doubt that one of the best ways to see the city is from the River Cam by punt.

Sometimes Cambridge can be a busy place. Avoid the rest of the tourist and the crowds – do things a bit differently and see the city from a different perspective.

Private or group tours are available and run during daylight hours up until dusk.

There is punting station just a short walk from The Royal Cambridge Hotel.

Water not your thing? Maybe keep reading…

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4. University Colleges

Colleges and sights near Royal Cambridge Hotel

In case you’ve been living in isolation, Cambridge is famous for being a University city. There are more than 30 University Colleges in Cambridge – all of which unique and stunning.

Learn more about our world-famous universities or simply gaze at the beautiful architecture.

The best way to see the colleges is by booking an Official Guided Walking Tour of Cambridge as some colleges have different admittance policies.

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5. Churches and Chapels

Cambridge Cathedral

Cambridge is home to some of the most beautiful church and chapels in the UK.

St Peter’s Chapel is the smallest church in the city and dates back to the 12th century, while King’s College Chapel is simply breath-taking and a must see.

Ask for a map from our reception, who will be happy to locate these for you.

6. Grantchester


Grantchester is a stunning village, just a mile or so from The Royal Cambridge Hotel.

If you fancy getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Grantchester is the place for you. The meadows are perfect for walking, and there’s a range of pubs and places to eat.

7. American Cemetery

Statues and wall of remembrance at American Military Cemetery, Cambridge

Covering more than 30 acres, the American Cemetery is the resting place of 3,812 men and women who gave their lives during World War II. The lives of a further 5,127 whose bodies were never recovered are commemorated on a ‘Wall of the Missing’.

There is also a recently opened Visitor Centre with a display of fascinating artefacts and videos.

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8. Cambridge Wine School

The Cambridge Wine School at The Royal Cambridge Hotel

Who doesn’t love wine?

The Cambridge Wine School run fun wine tastings and courses from our very own Royal Cambridge Hotel. Visit their website for their latest schedule and pre-booking is required.

No previous experience is required – wine tasting is for everyone!

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9. Newmarket Racecourse

Newmarket Racecourse

One of the country’s most iconic horse racing venues is just 15 miles away from The Royal Cambridge Hotel.

The racecourse hosts two of the country’s five Classic Races – the 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas, and numerous other Group races. In total, it hosts 9 of British racing’s 32 annual Group 1 races.

Check their website for the forthcoming meets.

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10. Afternoon Tea at 6 Scroope Terrace

Afternoon Tea at 6 Scroope Terrace, The Royal Cambridge Hotel

By no means bottom of the list, but we couldn’t send you everywhere in Cambridge without encouraging you to come to our very own 6 Scroope Terrace restaurant and bar.

We recommend the Afternoon Tea, which is exquisite, but an evening meal off our new menu could be in order? Or how about a cocktail from our Gin Palace?

The choice is yours!

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