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Top 30 things to do when you’re in Cambridge on your hen do

top 30 things to do in cambridge
Cambridge is steeped in history and architecture. It makes you feel like you have stepped out of a postcard and into Hogwarts. No matter the weather there is a unique charm like nowhere else. So if you are having a Cambridge hen do or just thinking of exploring the city. Here are our top 30 things to do and enjoy whilst your there!  

OUT AND ABOUT

Punting down the river cam 

https://www.ukgirlthing.co.uk/hen-activities/creative-unique-events/punting

Whether you opt for a tour with a guide or opt to do it yourself, punting is a must. It is a lot harder than it looks. Try and make your way down the river Cam and see all the bridges; Magdalene Bridge, Bridge of Sighs, Trinity Bridge, Garret Hostel Bridge, Clare Bridge, Kings Bridge, Mathematical Bridge and Silver Street Bridge. If you are feeling confident try bridge hopping. Bridge hopping or punt hopping is where you get to the front of the punt before a bridge. As you approach the bridge climb on the punt onto the bridge and then jump back onto your punt. It can easily become a race and a skill to finesse.   

If you are heading to Cambridge for your hen do, punting is an absolute must! 

cambridge punting hen party

Picture Perfect Walks

With an abundance of Colleges and university, there is no shortage of architecture and picture postcard views at every turn. So take a wander and see definitely head to the Backs, the perfect backdrop for all your hen weekend snaps!

 

Market Square

The market is there every day of the week, Monday – Saturday general market and Sunday is arts and crafts market. Bumble through the stalls and try some of the local freshly squeezed juice or freshly brewed coffee!

 

Cambridge university botanic garden

http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk/Botanic/Home.aspx

If you are into your horticulture or just like to appreciate the beauty in nature. Explore and discover plants from all over the world over a very generous 40 acres of gardens and greenhouses. 

 

The Parks

Parker’s Piece, Midsummer Common, Jesus Green, Christ’s Piece and Sheep’s Green are the main central parks to head to. So when you’re in need of a little break from exploring stop at one of these beautiful parks and maybe enjoy a picnic or just a fresh coffee to help restore your energy for even more!

 

Parkside pools

https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/cambridge/parksidepools

Fancy a dip and even a splash head to Cambridge’s Parkside pool. With diving boards, flumes and even a wall of windows looking out onto Parkers piece so you are never missing out on the stunning views Cambridge has to offer. 

Culture 

Fitzwilliam Museum

http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/

Enjoy some free culture from the Fitzwilliam with well-curated exhibitions that will astound you from the building to the amazing pieces inside. It’s worth popping in as the exhibitions change throughout the year, so new wonders are always on the horizon. 

Images kindly supplied by © The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge and © Damien Vickers.

Images kindly supplied by © The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge and © Damien Vickers.

Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology

http://maa.cam.ac.uk/

Reopening its doors after a refurbishment in late 2017. The wait will soon be over! This is by far one of my favourite museums in Cambridge, and completely free too. Who doesn’t want to see the skeleton of a killer whale? Or the evolution of man? This museum is genuinely interesting, with a wide collection of 19th and 20th-century skeletons and stuffed animals. 

 

Kettles Yard

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/

For modern art lovers, this is a little haven you must visit! It will be reopening its doors early 2018 as it is having a refurbishment. It is an idyllic Cambridge house that has been transformed into an open space to showcase new exhibitions.

 

kettles Yard

Images kindly supplied by Kettles Yard

The Eagle Pub

http://www.eagle-cambridge.co.uk/

Head to Benet Street and find the Eagle Pub, the perfect place for a pint stop. Head to the back bar and read the messages left by WW11 pilots covering the wall and ceiling! If this really tickles your pickle you should also head to Duxford air museum to explore all things aviation!

 

Wren Library

https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/library/wren-library/

Calling all Disney fans! Do not miss out on seeing the original manuscripts of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne! Whilst there you could also see Sir Isaac Newton’s walking stick and a lock of his hair too. 

 

Cambridge Art Theatre

https://www.cambridgeartstheatre.com/

Founded in 1936 The Cambridge Art theatre has been mesmerising and entertaining its guests with show stopping performances. Have a look to see if there are any shows and spare seats left for your Cambridge visit and see why we love it so!

cambridge art theatre

Junction

https://www.junction.co.uk/

A contemporary venue of the arts with everything from theatre, music, comedy to spoken word. See some amazing shows or catch their monthly ‘The Fiver’ night. It’s just what it says on the tin, may £5 for a night of local up and coming bands, it’s often a great night and chance to see discover new favourite artists too.

Yummy Food 

Fitzbillies

http://www.fitzbillies.com/

You must try some of the world famous Chelsea buns from Fitzbillies! No trip to Cambridge is complete without one, after all, they have been perfecting the recipe from 1921.

 

Fudge Kitchen

http://www.fudgekitchen.co.uk/index.asp

If you have a sweet tooth and love fudge then do not miss out on this little gem! Watch them make fudge in front of you and then help yourself to some generous samples to ensure you choose the right fudge to take home with you. It is seriously good fudge and the only mistake you could make is in not going! 

cambridge fudge kitchen

Images kindly supplied by Fudge Kitchen

 

Cambridge Food Park

http://www.foodparkcam.com/

If you are a foodie this an absolute must! A street food market how it should be carefully sourced high-quality ingredients making the food even more scrumptious! With various locations over the city with different times either head there for lunch or even dinner! 

foodPark Cambridge

Images kindly supplied by foodPark 

Dining 

Fine Dining

If you like to indulge in the finer things in life then why should food be any different? If you fancy some Modern European food from a Michelin star restaurant then Alimentum is the perfect choice for you. Or is you are wanting a show stopping centrepiece of an evening meal then head to Cotto!

Aromi

http://www.aromi.co.uk/

This is more than just an amazing café it’s “a modern-day slice of Sicilian life.” You have to try the pizza here! The food is superb and you won’t be left hungry. Aromi can accommodate group bookings only after 5 pm and exclusive use of the venue is available if you want your Cambridge hen party to be extra special. This, of course, additional cost so please enquire for more details. 

aromi Cambridge

Images kindly supplied by Aromi 

The Gardenia

http://gardis.co.uk/

If you are in the mood for some fast Greek food in Cambridge then head to The Gardenia. It’s charming, full of life and atmosphere. It’s very popular so book a table if you thinking of your thinking of eating in. They are great for catering for all dietary requirements, a hit with vegans and vegetarians too!

 

The Emperor

http://www.theemperorcambridge.com/

If you are in the mood for some authentic Peruvian food that would make you think you are in Latin America! Every tapas dish is declivous and they have a great range of vegetarian options too.  The Ceviche and Tacos de Mole Oaxaqueno are two musts!

Favourite Watering Holes

Hidden Rooms

http://www.hiddenroomsonline.com/

Be warmly greeted and welcomed inside. Basque in the amazing atmosphere as you select cocktails from the ample list. As Hidden rooms can also be hired exclusively as a venue it is well worth dropping a call to check or maybe even book for your Cambridge hen night! 

 

The Piano Bar at De Luca

http://www.delucacucina.co.uk/

Cambridge’s first piano bar and it is by far one of the best-hidden gems in Cambridge. Their pianist has an outstanding repertoire of songs, you are encouraged to request and he will be sure to dazzle and entertain you as sip on some of the most scrumptious cocktails around, what better way to spend your hen night. If you are after great cocktails, music and atmosphere then this is where you should be.

 

196 Bar

http://www.196bar.com/

If you are after a dimly lit sophisticated cocktail bar for your Cambridge hen party, then you are in luck! 196 is cocktail heaven, with amazing atmosphere and seriously delicious cocktails this is not one to miss. Get there early to ensure you get a table and to enjoy these amazing cocktails! 

 

196 bar cambridge

Images kindly supplied by 196 Bar 

The Varsity Hotel & Spa

http://www.thevarsityhotel.co.uk/

The roof terrace has some of the most amazing views of Cambridge, even with a map to help you decipher what you are looking. It is the perfect place to go on a warm summers evening as the sunsets whilst sipping on one of their cocktails. With a large variety of cocktails on the menu, there will be something to everyone’s tastes. 

Clubs 

Kuda

https://www.kudaclub.com/cambridge

If you want that big night out club then Kuda is the one for you! The perfect club for groups with ample booths for when we need to rest our toes from those pretty heels. These often sort after so booking online will secure one for your hen night!  

kuda cambridge hen do

Images kindly supplied by Kuda

Revolution

http://www.revolution-bars.co.uk/bar/cambridge/

If you can’t pick between a cocktail lounge, a club, or a cheesy bar then head to Revolution. With multiple floors including an outdoor terrace bar, this is not one to miss on a BNO!

Revolution cambridge

Images kindly supplied by Revolution Cambridge

Shopping as it should be

Lilac Rose

https://www.lilacrose.co.uk/

Lilac Rose is an independent boutique that adds a little theatre back into the high street. Find quirky perfect gifts as well as fashionable clothes jewellery and accessories that can’t be found in the average high street. Friendly, welcoming and fun, it’s shopping as it should be! 

Fairs and Fun

Strawberry Fair

Strawberry Fair is run complexly by volunteers, it’s by the people for the people which is why it is so wildly loved in Cambridge. It’s a mix of music perfect for music lovers, it’s an all-day event running over 12 hours. So if you are around Cambridge on your hen do for strawberry fair it is well worth a visit if not a day!

 

Midsummer Fair

If you love fun fairs, feeling the excited and magic of fairs. Then Midsummer Fair is the perfect choice for you and your girls. Held on Midsummer common it is the country’s oldest travelling fun fair and by fair one of the largest too.

 

The Secret Garden Party

http://www.secretgardenparty.com/

The annual festival party for everybody where love comes first. Helpful staff, well-positioned stages, the effort and care that goes into The Secret Garden Party is evident. Which is why for many SGP goers it even tops the likes of Glastonbury! If you have timed your Cambridge hen do to coincide with the SGP it is well worth getting tickets for! 

SOOOO…

We had a hard time just narrowing it down to 30, there is so much to do and see in Cambridge. If you are on the fence if Cambridge is the right city for you hen do, how could it not be? Please let us know your favourite thing about Cambridge in the comments below.

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