Cambridge is a wonderful city to visit for the weekend. From romantic boat trips on the River Cam, to historical architecture and a thriving campus life, this is a beautiful city that’s within easy and convenient reach from London.
Self-guided walking tours of Cambridge are amongst the most popular way to see the sights. This frees you up from outdated guide books and maps, and gives you the opportunity to see the city at your own pace, and listen to helpful commentary along the way. Best of all, you can create your own itinerary from a wealth of rich content available.
Simply download the Urbs app to your smartphone and even enjoy offline access. So now you’re ready for your audio tour of Cambridge, grab your headphones and check out the highlights.
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With the Urbs app there’s no typical itinerary – only a schedule that suits you. Here are some of the sights you can uncover:
On the River
As you’d expect from such a beautiful city, the River Cam takes centre stage. Forget public transportation, River Cam Boat Trips are the only way to see the sights in style! Pack a picnic and a rug, and make the most of it. You’ll pass Cambridge’s colleges and the many bridges of the city – look out for the famous 15-metre Mathematical Bridge, it’s a local talking point. River Cam boat hire is very good value, starting from around £35 for 40 minutes – plus you can make a booking on the day.
For a city as rich as Cambridge, you can expect plenty of culture to soak up. Start with the ADC Theatre – the oldest university playhouse in England, where you can see and hear local talent in abundance. For something entirely different, head over to Fitzwilliam Museum – your audio tour of Cambridge will tell you everything you need to know. Here you can pore over antiques from China, Greece, Italy and ancient Egypt. It’s also the number one attraction on Tripadvisor.
The beauty of a Cambridge audio tour is that you can take in the sights by foot at your own pace, and there’s plenty to see if you’re on a budget friendly sightseeing tour. Kings Parade is a good option for a starting point. Here you can enjoy great views whilst walking, taking in the gothic architecture in all its glory. Beautiful Cambridge centre is easy to navigate by foot with a little gift shop or two awaiting your visit. Then it’s on to the famous Botanic Garden, a stunning 40-acre stretch of land for those that love walking tours.
There are numerous churches scattered throughout the city, but Great St Mary’s Church (or GSM as the locals say) in central Cambridge is worth a visit. Be sure to climb the tower for some of the best views of the city. Memorial Church guided tours are one of the other attractions that bring in the tourists too.
The University of Cambridge is one of the elite establishments for education in England. The campus is steeped in history and prestige with over 21,000 students currently enrolled. Famous former Cambridge students include: Stephen Hawking, Alan Turing and Charles Darwin, making it a fascinating place to explore. Do expect entrance fees for some of these visits. The campus is vast, however some of Cambridge’s colleges that are most famous include: Magdalene College, Trinity College and of course King’s College.
Pub culture is one of the great treats to enjoy if you’re a Cambridge local. The Eagle is one you must visit – with an incredible history dating back to 1953. It’s even considered the ‘birthplace to the secrets of life’ since professors discovered DNA here over a drink! Also, seek out Jack’s Gelato for a wonderful experience. The ice-cream store is famous for unusual flavours that most travellers have never tried – such as marmalade ice-cream and white peach sorbet. The perfect opportunity to pause and indulge in a bit of pop culture.
Discover Cambridge by App
There’s more to the Urbs app than meets the eye, as well as a guided audio tour, you can:
Compile Content from a Strong Library
Put your own itinerary and travel wish list together from over 100 options on the app. The smartphone app works offline as well.
If you like the comfort of booking tickets in advance to attractions, this is the app for you. You’ll receive a confirmation ticket which you can download and have with you for convenience.
Discover Something New
Most travellers aren’t aware that Cambridge can be very good value. Urbs uncovers hidden gems and inspires you with a host of options and recommendations from those in the know.
If you want to visit Cambridge in an independent and flexible way, the Urbs app allows you to plan your trip, and make bookings ahead of time, ensuring you get the trip tailored to your needs.