The best way to prepare to get under the skin of Cambridge is to arrive with a healthy appetite. Start with an all-time Cambridge favourite and hunt down one of those delicious Chelsea buns. Although you can find quite a few of these sticky buns around town, the best ones are from Fitzbillies, one of the favourite haunts of Stephen Fry. Once you’ve devoured the sugary treat you’ll have a solid energy boost and be set for a day in one of the oldest university towns of the UK.
After all that hardship of eating the stickiest bun in the world, head off to Mill Pond for a relaxing time on the river Cam on a chauffeured punt. Drift along the ancients colleges, fellow gardens, listen to the interesting tales of your guide and witness how fellow punters lose their balance and take a plunge.
Thirty minutes drifting on the river can make you pretty thirsty, so the Mill Pub is next on the agenda. On a sunny day you might want to do as the locals do – pick up a pint from the Mill Pub and enjoy the sun sitting on the meadow. From experience we know that it can be difficult to break away from either the Pub or lazing around on the meadow, but one of the oldest university towns in the UK is calling. It is time to explore the colleges. Although Kings College is the most famous one, St. John’s College is the one to head off and look around to with its famous library and stunning gardens. It was here, that much of the award winning film ‘The Theory of Everything’ was filmed.
Time for lunch! You can’t come to Cambridge and not check out the Eagle and their famous RAF ceiling. Of course a pint of the DNA beer here whilst soaking up the atmosphere of one of the largest and oldest pubs in the UK is a real treat. On your way to the Eagle, don’t forget to check out ‘the monster which is eating the time’, the Corpus Christi Clock on the corner of Bene’t Street and Kings Parade.
After a tasty lunch, there will be just enough time to wonder through the old streets of Cambridge before you join the Ghost tour at 6pm (only on Fridays). We suggest you make your way to the College Backs via Trinity lane from where you can get the best view of Kings College. If you’re lucky you can make your way back into the city via the gardens of Clare College.
After an hour being regaled by the strange happenings and spooky tales in the colleges and streets of Cambridge and investigating to where ghostly sightings have been reported, head back to the river where you can find the one and only roof terrace of Cambridge. There is no better end to a day in this quintessential English town than sipping cocktails watching the sunset on the roof the Varsity Hotel. Still haven’t had enough? Head off to enjoy fantastic British cuisine at Fitzbillies or the Pint Shop.
We're delighted to start the tours and our cocktail masterclasses again from 1 September