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Cambridge’s museums, gardens and historic colleges make it an ideal day or weekend trip. Learn more and plan your visit here.

Steeped in history and tradition, the beautiful city of Cambridge is easily reached by train and boasts a heady mix of gothic architecture, picturesque gardens and riverbanks and a host of cultural events. Whether you’re travelling with your family, catching up with old friends or going it alone, Cambridge days out offer something for everyone.

There’s a diverse range of museums and galleries to enjoy and explore, plus a vibrant collection of shops, bars and restaurants to help you wine, dine and unwind. Taking the train takes much of the hassle out of travelling whatever your reason for doing so - and you can find out more about getting to Cambridge and what to do once you arrive below.

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Getting to Cambridge

Cambridge days out, as anywhere, are at their most enjoyable when they’re simple and stress-free. We can connect you to this university town with direct services from London King’s Cross, Stevenage, King’s Lynn and several other locations in our network – so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

There are plenty of ways to save money on your tickets, too. Are you getting the gang back together? Our GroupSave discount is designed to save you money when you book Off-Peak travel together in a group of 3-9 adults. If it’s more of a family event, you can bring four children aged 5-15 along with you for just £2 each outside of busy periods.

And that’s not all. Railcards can save you a significant amount on most journeys, and there could be a type out there for you. So whether you’re aged 16-25, 26-30, over 60, disabled or often travel with a partner, family member or friend, you can save on getting to Cambridge and beyond!

Things to do in Cambridge

What kind of experience are you looking for? You’re not short of options for things to do in Cambridge. The world-famous university and its 31 colleges and pristine gardens spread far across the centre, while the winding River Cam is floated along by students and tourists alike. Culture vultures will enjoy a local calendar jam-packed with events such as the annual Folk Festival, while the drama and dance scene is thriving too.

For the curious among us there’s a diverse selection of fascinating museums to choose from, from the feast of fossils and dinosaur trails at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences to the rooms and rooms of ancient artefacts at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The newly-refurbished Fitzwilliam Museum meanwhile features works of art from across the world – plus puzzles and games to keep the kids occupied too.

And if you’d prefer to let a local do the talking, you can choose from a variety of official tours of Cambridge to cover all the highlights, or why not see the city from a different perspective on a spooky ghost tour?

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You can buy Great Northern tickets online and collect them from the ticket machine before you travel. You can also buy them from a ticket machine or ticket office at the station.