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Free Things To Do In Cambridge

Cambridge is a prestigious university city in the east of England, UK and is renowned for being an incredibly historic city.

There’s so many college campuses to explore, ancient churches, sprawling meadows, plus numerous museums and galleries to visit too.

If you’re planning a trip to the famous UK city, we’ve put together a list of the 10 best free attractions in Cambridge, as well as the top paid activities too.

Hopefully you’ll find plenty of inspiration of the best paid and free things to do in Cambridge throughout this post!

Free Attractions in Cambridge

Top Rated Cambridge Attractions


Evensong at King’s College

Evensong at King’s College is arguably one of the most famous free attractions in Cambridge; so much so that it’s actually broadcast by the BBC at Christmas time!

This special event is set inside the King’s College Chapel of one of the most prestigious campuses in Cambridge University and is something that many people love to get involved with.

It’s hard to believe that such a famous and beloved...

Ely Cathedral Admission Ticket

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  • Ely Cathedral, with its unique 14th century octagonal lantern tower, is counted among the marvels of the medieval world.

    Much of the cathedral is over 900 years old and it offers a rich architectural history, including the sumptuous 13th Century Quire and beautiful 14th Lady Chapel. The Nave is the third longest in the UK.

    The famous...read more

Museum of Zoology

The Museum of Zoology is another fantastic free attraction in Cambridge that the whole family can enjoy.

After undergoing a recent refurbishment, the Museum of Zoology is now bigger and better than ever!

Housing more than 10,000 artefacts, collections and exhibits, the Museum of Zoology is a great place to learn about a plethora of species and see how evolution played its part in the development of many species.


Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni

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  • This tour is a great way to earn more value for money and enjoy the best experience possible. It's a 2-in-1 tour that promises to give you the best experience you can get in Cambridge. Travelers will get to enjoy a walking tour of the Cambridge University and a punting cruise that takes you down the Cam river. Start the tour by visiting the
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Cambridge Market Square

If you’re looking for a taste of the local and eclectic culture and community that the city offers, then the Cambridge Market Square is certainly the place to be!

The Market Square is open every single day of the week, so regardless of when you visit Cambridge, you’ll still be able to experience this incredible open-aired market.

Cambridge Market Square is renowned for being the best place in the city to pick up...

Punting Tour in Cambridge

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  • This tour gives you a feel of what it means to be English. On the tour, you'll be treated to the fantasies and beautiful Cam River. These people enjoy an English-themed holiday which takes you to Cambridge. Get into your punt by the river banks and relax. The punt will take you slowly and smoothly down the waterways. Along the way, you'll
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Grantchester Meadows

If you’re looking to get out of the city centre for a little while and find some space where the kids can run around freely, then there’s no better free attraction in Cambridge than Grantchester Meadows.

These meadows are an idyllic place to visit in Cambridge all year round as there’s plenty of season-appropriate activities to enjoy.

During the warmer months, you can take a picnic along to the riverbanks of...

Chauffeured Punting Tour in Cambridge

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  • Cambridge University had a lot of significance for anyone in England. It's one of the most popular universities in the world. Take a look at the beautiful Cambridge from a different perspective on this tour. Learn more about the history of the country from the expert guide. While on the punt, travelers get to cruise past major locations such
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Wren Library

Another place that’s located on one of Cambridge University’s college campuses; Wren Library is also one of the most historically significant places in the city.

Dating all the way back to 1695, Wren Library is full of ornate antique furniture and décor.

The library is also home to numerous first editions of some of the most prestigious works of literature in the world.

History and science fans will...

Private | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour led by University Alumni

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  • Your 90-minute private walking tour is led by a current student or graduate of Cambridge University and you will see all the most famous colleges and landmarks along with an authentic insight into student life.

    Your 50-minute private punting tour gives you the opportunity to see eight of the most famous Cambridge Colleges from Darwin...read more

Wandlebury Country Park

For another spectacular free attraction in Cambridge that provides ample open space, completely free of charge all year-round, you need to add a visit to Wandlebury Country Park to your Cambridge travel itinerary.

Wandlebury Country Park is a stunning woodland area that’s home to tall trees, winding paths and lush meadows.

Regardless of the time of year you visit, you’ll get to see Wandlebury Country Park in all its...

Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • This tour is a great way to earn more value for money and enjoy the best experience possible. It's a 2-in-1 tour that promises to give you the best experience you can get in Cambridge. Travelers will get to enjoy a walking tour of the Cambridge University and a punting cruise that takes you down the Cam river. Start the tour by visiting the
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The Backs self-guided walk and picturesque views of Cambridge Colleges

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  • Love podcasts? You'll love our immersive walking tour of the Cambridge Backs!

    The digital audio guide can be downloaded anytime directly on your smartphone!

    We've teamed up with expert historians, storytellers and students to give you a unique and engaging experience of Cambridge!

    Join local historian & PHD student, Katie, for...read more

Cambridge University Group Tour With University Alumni Guide

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  • We regularly provide private tours for organizations and assorted schools from around the world. Having shown tens of thousands of students around Cambridge, we have the diverse skill set needed to ensure that students both understand the tour and genuinely enjoy it.

    Our student guides have a great insight into Cambridge. They have...read more

Private Tour of Cambridge

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  • Designed as an introduction to Cambridge.
    Take an introductory tour around the highlights of the city as you walk the historic streets, past magnificent university buildings.
    This is the perfect tour for first-time visitors to Cambridge or those who are only here for a short time. See all the central, iconic sights in just 3 hours. The...read more

Shared 4 Hours Newmarket Tour Experience

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  • This is a truly wonderful experience if you want to see what life behind the scenes in Newmarket is like. Learn all about how the town earned its status as the Home of Horseracing and find out about its fascinating history and royal connections.

    This half day tour is perfect for anyone wanting to learn about the Sport of Kings or anyone who...read more

Cambridge - The BIG EXPLORE (Private 1 Day Pass)

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  • Self-guided Travel Exploration Experience
    - 1 ticket allows up to 15 Family & Friends!
    - Over 100 Destinations & Challenges
    - Win Prizes*
    - Avoid Crowds, Kid Friendly, Hidden Gems
    - Start & Finish anytime
    - 100% Free Cancellation

    Our themed scavenger hunt is a truly innovative way to travel and explore. Simple to use,...read more

Private Photographer in Cambridge

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  • My goal for you is to leave with an amazing experience and photographs to take home, I will capture you at your bestest in the most iconic places of...read more

Shared Punting Tour in Cambridge

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  • Shared Cambridge Punting Tour

    The highlight of any Cambridge experience is a Rutherford's share tour. This Visit England quality assured 50 minute river tour takes you through the backs of the colleges, showing you the most breathtaking views Cambridge has to offer. Our professional chauffeurs will take you along the river and bring...read more
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Cambridge

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There are many things you can do for free in Cambridge like booking free entry into some Cambridge museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.

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