Looking for things to do in Cambridge? We’ve already covered some suggestions, from Cambridge classics to places to eat and drink, but there are plenty more options to explore — and some of the best things to do in the city are also completely free! We’ve gathered together our favourite free outings to fill a summer day.
Relax in a park
Cambridge is full of delightful green spaces where you can soak up the sunshine and enjoy the beautiful scenery. If you’re looking for some classic Cambridge views, the Backs provide a stunning place to wander, where you can admire the architecture of the colleges across sweeping lawns and flower-strewn gardens. Jesus Green is a popular park with a delightfully summery atmosphere — expect people having picnics and barbecues, using the tennis courts and play equipment, and even free live music concerts. For a slightly wilder vibe, the meadows at nearby Midsummer Common provide another option for walks and picnics — and there are often cows to be found wandering around there, adding to the pastoral vibe.
Browse a library
Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card! If you’re killing time in Cambridge, the Central Library is a great place to spend some time browsing or sit and relax with a book. The University Library has a free exhibition running until the end of August 2019 celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, showcasing hundreds of years’ worth of natural history and scientific excitement, from Darwin to Einstein to fossilised salamanders. Or you can visit the Wren Library at Trinity College to see manuscripts including Winnie-the-Pooh.
Discover some museums
Most of the museums in Cambridge are free to enter, including big name ones like the Fitzwilliam. If you’re looking to get away from the heat, we recommend the Polar Museum at the Scott Polar Research Institute. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm, the museum contains chilling and thrilling exhibits telling the stories of various expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as some fantastic Inuit art and artefacts. If you want to see some dinosaurs, the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences is the place to go (and if you don’t want to see some dinosaurs, what are you doing?). Fossils and geodes abound, and they have a range of fun events on through August 2019.
Wander the markets
Alright, these are only free provided you don’t buy anything, but wandering around Cambridge’s lively markets is a brilliant way to while away the time and browse through a wonderful range of local crafts and products. The central market square is bustling with a wide range of stalls, from food to local produce, booksellers, crystals, souvenirs and more. On Saturdays you can also catch the All Saints Arts and Crafts Market on Trinity Street, where you can find local art, handmade jewelry, and all sorts of crafts from soaps to woodworking.
Play a board game
Finally, while you’re exploring central Cambridge, why not stop at LockHouse and play some games! We’ve got a range of brilliant board games all playable for free in our foyer, as well as juggling equipment, poi and diablo kits if you’re feeling adventurous. Check out some of our favourite board game recommendations, or drop by to see what else you can discover!