Day trip to Cambridge from London
The University of Cambridge is one of the most renowned universities in the world. Accommodating 31 colleges it has seen many notable alumni pass through its classes. Prince Charles, Sir Isaac Newton, Sir David Attenborough and Stephen Hawking, just to name a few. Founded in 1209 and granted a Royal Charter by King Henry III in 1231, Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world's fourth-oldest surviving university.
Its beautiful cobblestone streets and architectural triumphs make Cambridge a must for anyone travelling through the UK. With only a 48-minute express train ride from Kings Cross Station, it is the perfect outing out of London.
We embarked on our journey early at London Kings Cross Station. My boyfriend and I picked up a coffee and toasted sandwich for the ride and made our way to our train. As it was a weekend, we purchased off-peak tickets totalling our return tickets for two at £35. A bargain if you ask me! Make sure you purchase a return ticket in the one transaction as you end up getting the return tickets for free.
Once in Cambridge, we alighted our train and set off by foot into the city centre. We first stumbled across an outdoor market in Market Square which hosts an array of stalls selling local food, coffee and cakes, souvenirs, handmade trinkets and much more. After purchasing my magnet and coffee, we continued through the streets towards the colleges.
You can go inside some of the colleges for a fee. The most desirable in my opinion was King's College, The tickets were £10 per person and worth every penny. With a very Hogwarts feel, I felt envious of any lucky student who was able to call the grounds their college.
Seeing as it was a busy Sunday in the middle of summer, the River Cam was a colourful display of punts being floated along by their driver, who is usually a student of the university. This was one of the prime attractions I was eager to take part in, so we stopped in a bar called the Punt Yard, ordered our Aperol Spritz and people watched as we decided which vendor to approach.
We chose Lets Go Punting as our guides, and they sold us our tickets for £21 per person for a chauffeured punt. Our punter was Sam R, who was wonderfully informative and gave us all the information about the historical bridges we passed under and the surrounding colleges as well as interesting stories that went with them. The trip was 45 minutes and was stunningly scenic. We had a good laugh as we saw an independent, self-punter fall in the water and our own punter losing his pole.
When our punting trip ended it was time for a late lunch. As it was 5 pm we failed at finding anywhere which had a Sunday Roast still available so ended up opting for a Smokeworks on Free School Lane and ordering a 2 person barbeque plate which was DE-LICIOUS.
In a bit of a food coma, it was time to start wandering back to the train. We had a very successful day-trip, and I would love to go to Cambridge again. With such a short journey, I will definitely put it on my list of things to do when I have visitors.
Have you been to Cambridge?