A Day Trip To Cambridge With A Teen And A Tween
I have wanted to visit Cambridge and see the university buildings for absolutely ages, but I knew that the kids wouldn’t be too excited about the prospect of spending a day looking at buildings so I had to come up with a way to make it more fun for them. Our answer? We hired bikes for the day!
We parked at the station and hired our bikes from Rutland Cycling which is based right next to the station. It cost us approximately £50 to hire four mountain bikes for the day.
There are cycle lanes and paths all over Cambridge so it was very easy to get around, although we did have to consult Google Maps a few times as we got a bit lost.
We cycled along the river through one of the many beautiful parks that Cambridge has and made our way round to Trinity College. Unfortunately all of the colleges were closed to the public because exams were still taking place, but we were able to view them from the river.
The weather was glorious and the riverbanks were full of people with picnics making the most of the sunshine.
I have always wanted to go punting down the river but I wanted to be able to enjoy it with both Mark and I as passengers so we chose to do a tour, rather than hire our own boat. It turned out that luck was on our side and we were the only people in our boat – result! If you’ve always wanted to do a gondola ride in Venice but never had the opportunity, this makes a nice alternative and on a sunny day it’s easy to forget that you are in England and not on a city break abroad.
Punting lasted about an hour and our guide told us so much history about the university and the various colleges, it was so interesting. We learnt that Prince Charles arrived on his first day at Cambridge University via helicopter and that one of the colleges house lots of priceless pieces of art. I really hope we get to go back and go inside the colleges as I bet they’re amazing.
Mark and I loved our day out in Cambridge and the kids had fun getting to ride everywhere, so it was a win for everyone.
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