Must-see attractions in Cambridge

  • View inside Kings college Chapel Cambridge, showing the fan vault ceiling and vast wooden paneling, and amazing stain glass windows.

    King's College Chapel


    In a city crammed with showstopping buildings, this is a scene-stealer. Grandiose 16th-century King's College Chapel is one of England’s most…

  • The Gatehouse, Trinity College, Cambridge

    Trinity College


    The largest of Cambridge's colleges, Trinity offers an extraordinary Tudor gateway, an air of supreme elegance and a sweeping Great Court – the largest of…

  • CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM - 2009/06/14: Fitzwilliam Museum at the  university city. (Photo by Olaf Protze/LightRocket via Getty Images)

    Fitzwilliam Museum


    Fondly dubbed 'the Fitz' by locals, this colossal neoclassical pile was one of the first public art museums in Britain, built to house the fabulous…

  • A view of Kings College from the Backs with punting in the foreground, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

    The Backs


    Behind the Cambridge colleges’ grandiose facades and stately courts, a series of gardens and parks line up beside the river. Collectively known as the…

  • CAMBRIDGE, UK - 03.11.2020:  Exterior view of the Polar Museum  at the Scott Polar Research Institute on on Lensfield Road

    Polar Museum


    Tales of hostile environments, dogged determination and, sometimes, life-claiming mistakes are evoked powerfully at this compelling museum. Its focus on…

  • Cambridge, United Kingdom - January 17, 2019: The Senate House and Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge

    Gonville & Caius College


    Known locally as Caius (pronounced 'keys'), Gonville and Caius boasts three fascinating gates: Virtue, Humility and Honour. They symbolise the progress of…

  • First court at Christ's college university of Cambridge, in Cambridge, UK

    Christ's College


    Christ's College is a venerable institution at more than 500 years old. Its gleaming Great Gate is emblazoned with heraldic carvings of Tudor roses, a…

  • Tourists under Bridge of Sighs at Saint John's College. Named for a famous Venice landmark, this circa-1831 covered arch bridge connects campus buildings, Cambridge, England, 21st of May 2017; Shutterstock ID 763444831; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    St John's College


    Alma mater of six prime ministers, three saints and Douglas Adams (author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), St John's is superbly photogenic…

  • Magdalene college, Cambridge University. Quayside view with punts moored on the bank of the River Cam

    Magdalene College


    Riverside Magdalene often catches people out – the college name is properly pronounced 'Maud-lyn'. This former Benedictine hostel's greatest asset is the…

  • Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom - June 24, 2006: Students in the Great Court of Trinity College in Cambridge University with its historical fountain in the center of the courtyard.

    Trinity Hall College


    Wedged cosily among the great and famous colleges (but unconnected to better-known Trinity), diminutive Trinity Hall was founded in 1350 as a refuge for…

  • The Mathematical bridge at Queens college in Cambridge..Taken on a bright spring day.

Queens' College with bridge and flowers

    Queens' College


    Gorgeous 15th-century Queens' College sits elegantly astride the river, connected by the unscientific-looking Mathematical Bridge. Highlights include two…

  • Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, U.K. 08/19/2014. Corpus Christi College with its beautiful lawn that rolls down to the River Cam is part of Cambridge University, England.

    Corpus Christi College


    Corpus Christi was founded in 1352, a heritage reflected in its exquisite buildings and a monastic atmosphere that radiates from the medieval Old Court…

  • Jesus College, Cambridge. - stock photo

    Jesus College


    This tranquil 15th-century college was once a nunnery of St Radegund before the Bishop of Ely, John Alcock, expelled the nuns for 'improvidence,…

  • Cambridge, Uk - Circa October 2018: Emmanuel College

    Emmanuel College


    The 16th-century Emmanuel College ('Emma' to students) is famous for its exquisite chapel designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Seek out the plaque…

  • Cambridge, United Kingdom - May 12, 2012: Holy Sepulchre Round Church in Cambridge as seen on 12th of May, 2012.

    Round Church


    Cambridge’s intensely atmospheric Round Church is one of only four such structures in England. It was built by the mysterious Knights Templar in 1130 and…

  • M35DP5 Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, re-opens to the public with a newly-built extension by Jamie Fobert Architects. A wall of Alfred Wallis paintings in the old

    Kettle's Yard


    An £11 million revamp has added high-tech contemporary-art galleries to much-loved Kettle's Yard. The big draw for many though will be the original…

  • Cambridge, JUL 10: Exterior view of the Wren Library on JUL 10, 2011 at Cambrdige, United Kingdom; Shutterstock ID 1649403115; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Wren Library


    The renowned Wren Library contains 55,000 books published before 1820 and more than 2500 manuscripts, including AA Milne's original Winnie the Pooh. Both…

  • Cambridge University Botanic Garden


    Founded by Charles Darwin's mentor, Professor John Henslow, the beautiful Botanic Garden is home to 8000 plant species, a wonderful arboretum, glasshouses…

  • Pepys Library


    The 3000 books in this unique collection were bequeathed by the eponymous 17th-century diarist to his old college. This idiosyncratic collection of…

  • CAMBRIDGE, UK - CIRCA OCTOBER 2018: Great St Mary's church

    Great St Mary's Church


    The foundations of Cambridge's sublime university church date from 1010. It was burnt to the ground in the 1290s and rebuilt in 1351. The major expansion…

  • Peterhouse


    The oldest and smallest college, charming Peterhouse was founded in 1284. Much of the college was rebuilt or added to over the years, including the…

  • Corpus Clock


    Made from 24-carat gold, the Corpus Clock displays the time through a series of concentric LED lights. A hideous-looking insect 'time-eater' crawls across…

  • Senate House


    This beautiful classical structure (not open to the public), tucked in beside King's College, was designed in 1730 by James Gibbs. Graduations are held…

  • Little St Mary's Church


    The church's unwieldy original name was St Peter's-without-Trumpington-Gate, which gave St Peter's College (latterly Peterhouse) its name. Inside is a…

  • Clare College


    The second-oldest Cambridge University college, riverside Clare was founded in 1326.