How to Choose
There really is something for everyone in Cambridge; all the options below are suitable for children and adults, so whatever you pick will ensure a good time for everyone.
The most popular punting company in Cambridge is Scudamore's. Their touts are all over Cambridge, and you can hire one of the characteristic shallow boats to roam the Cam river that runs right the way through the city. This is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon and the prices are reasonable.
The Corpus Clock
The Corpus Clock is a very unusal tourist attraction. It is a huge clock which cost a million pounds (literally) as well as many years to complete. It keeps time perfectly and is decorated with a large grasshopper-like animal called the Chronophage or Time-Eater. This is a very strange must-see in Cambridge.
Cambridge is famous for its university, with colleges scattered across the entire city. Some of these, like King's College, are open to the public for tours. The colleges are all fascinating and definitely worth spending an afternoon in. Tickets must be bought beforehand, however.
The Fitzwilliam Museum
The Fitzwilliam Museum is one of the largest museums in Cambridge, and it features an impressive range of permanent exhibits as well as varying seasonal exhibitions. Entry is free although they request donations in order to keep the museum running.
Theatre is a large part of Cambridge's history and shows are always running. The Corn Exchange, Cambridge Arts Theatre or the ADC Theatre are all playing and tourists are welcome all year round. Some theatre companies put on shows by the river which you can watch from punts (see number one) or the river bank.
Cathedrals are not just for the religious; on the contrary, they are easy to appreciate as simple things of beauty. Entry to Great Saint Mary's cathedral is free and there are volunteers ready to take questions or give you a short tour.
Kettle's Yard is a wondeful collection of modern art and it shows regular exhibitions. It houses a major collection of 20th century paintings and sculpture, and there are frequent talks and discussions on the collections housed there.
One of the simplest attractions in Cambridge is the large collection of parks. Jesus Green, Parker's Piece or Midsummer Common are all beautiful places to have a picnic or take a walk and they are suitable for small children as well. Any of these big green spaces are completely free.
Cambridge Market Square is a traditional market place which sells food, drink, clothes, plants, books, CDs, DVDs and hand-crafted gifts. It is open from Monday to Saturday through the middle of the day and it is a wonderful place to walk round and buy yourself something new and interesting.
Finally, the best all-round way to see Cambridge is an official walking tour. A guide will take you round the city and will be able to tell you all about the beautiful city's history. These tours do need to be booked in advance, so make sure you don't just turn up or you may be dissappointed.