A Family-Friendly Guide to Cambridge

Whilst it’s true that Cambridge is an incredibly historic and picturesque city to explore, we understand that for families it can be tricky to know whether you are going to enjoy a trip to a city or whether you are going to spend the entire time trying to find attractions which are suitable for children. Luckily, there are lots of things to do in Cambridge which will keep everyone happy and occupied.

Museums and Art Galleries

Many of the museums and art galleries in the city not only offer free admission making them a very cost-effective way to keep the kids busy for a couple of hours but they also run family-friendly special events as well as offering activity packs to help younger visitors to get the most out of the experience. Some of the best family friendly options include the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, The Museum of Cambridge, Cambridge Science Centre and Fitzwilliam Museum.

The Round Church

Although you may not want to take your children inside, the Round Church will still fascinate a younger audience with its unique shape and the fact that it is the second oldest building in Cambridge. Its central location also makes it a great starting point for a walking tour of the city.

The River Cam

Most children love to be outdoors and a stroll along the River Cam is the ideal way to burn off energy, enjoy some fresh air and maybe stop at a riverside café or two for some cakes and treats if the children have behaved themselves. Keep younger children engaged by counting how many punting boats you see gliding up the river as you walk.

Libraries and Bookshops

With such a strong link to the academic world it is little surprise that Cambridge can boast a wonderful selection of libraries and bookshops, and if you are faced with a rainy day or just want to enjoy some quiet time then these can be excellent places to go. Many of the larger bookshops have great children’s sections and Central Library also offers family sessions on a Saturday.

Outdoor Spaces

Cambridge has a number of parks and gardens within the city, such as the University of Cambridge Botanic Garden, which is just a short distance from the Tamburlaine Hotel Cambridge, which offer good ways to get outdoors and enjoy your surroundings. If you don’t mind travelling a little way outside of the city then there are a number of other options such as Milton Country Park which covers 95 acres, or Coton Countryside Reserve which consists of more than 300 acres of pasture and agricultural land available to explore.

The Theatre

Cambridge offers a surprising number of theatres and a fair amount of these show productions which are suitable for children of a variety of ages. Theatres worth checking out include the Cambridge Arts Theatre, the Cambridge Corn Exchange and The Junction. Each one of these theatres has a regular programme of family-friendly productions.

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