This is a region at the heart of art!
It is bursting at the seams with arts and museums, so draw up an itinerary, slip some comfy shoes on and get walking!
The ADC Theatre is the liveliest theatre in Cambridge, presenting a vibrant programme of drama, music and comedy. The theatre is a department of the University of Cambridge and is the oldest University playhouse in the country.
Anglesey Abbey is a Jacobean-style house with gardens and a working watermill. A passion for tradition and impressing guests inspired one man to transform a run-down country house and desolate landscape.
Buskers and Street Performers Festival
During the summer months, the Buskers and Street Performers Festival brings a diverse range of music, street theatre and dance to the streets of Cambridge, with performers from all over the region and beyond taking part.
Cambridge American Cemetery
Walk amongst the headstone in the landscaped grounds; sit by the pools and reflect on the lives of the soldiers, sailors, coast guardsmen and airmen; gaze in awe at the ceiling mosaic of the Memorial Building.
Cambridge Arts Theatre
Cambridge Arts Theatre is one of the region’s liveliest and most exciting venues, hosting a varied programme of drama, dance, music, comedy and pantomime, as well as many shows prior to and direct from the West End.
Cambridge Comedy Festival
The Cambridge Comedy Festival is a micro version of the famous Edinburgh Fringe. Based at Cambridge Junction, audiences get to see some of the biggest names in comedy and finest emerging talent in an intimate venue.
Cambridge Contemporary Art
Cambridge Contemporary Art specialises in hand-made prints, paintings, sculptures and crafts. The gallery has a reputation for a range of high quality work and innovative exhibitions of local, national and international artists.
Cambridge Contemporary Crafts
Cambridge Contemporary Crafts specialises in crafts hand-made in the UK. The gallery atmosphere is open and welcoming, it has an extensive range of work by up and coming and established crafts people in a range of mediums.
Cambridge Corn Exchange
The Cambridge Corn Exchange is the largest multi-purpose entertainment venue in the region. It presents up to 300 performances per year ranging from the biggest names in music as well as musicals, comedy, opera and ballet.
Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival
The Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival takes place on the River Cam and is open to everyone, where over 40 crews are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course, watched by several hundred spectators.
Cambridge Early Music
Cambridge Early Music runs a lively education programme for all ages, from young people to adult, which encompasses a wide range of musical genres within early music. They run a series of concerts throughout the year.
Cambridge Film Festival
The Cambridge Film Festival has been committed to delivering the very best in international cinema for over 3 decades. There is an incredible and extensive programme of films and events crammed into 11 days in September.
Cambridge Folk Festival
Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the premier music events in Europe and one of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world. It’s renowned for an eclectic mix of music and a wide definition of what is considered folk.
Cambridge Jazz Festival
Cambridge Jazz Festival brings the best artists around the nation to a host of local venues to give the city the festival it has always wanted! The festival attracts the finest jazz musicians to Cambridge the UK and abroad.
Cambridge Junction is one of the most diverse cultural venues in the UK, a vibrant centre of contemporary culture and registered charity with a uniquely varied programme, it presents hundreds of performances each year.
Cambridge Literary Festival
Cambridge Literary Festival is one of Britain’s friendliest and freshest literary festivals. Twice each year the festival welcomes some of the world’s freshest thinkers to celebrate the power of words in all their forms.
Cambridge Open Studios
Cambridge Open Studios is a flourishing community of artists and craftspeople working throughout Cambridgeshire. They aim to bring artists together with the public, making studios accessible at certain times of the year.
Cambridge Sculpture Trails
Not only are there some outstanding pieces by major international figures on the Cambridge Sculpture Trails, but there is also work by many increasingly established and up-and-coming sculptors to see.
Cambridge Shakespeare Festival
The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival is a unique experience. Prior to the performance, members of the audience can picnic in this idyllic setting, before sitting back to enjoy an evening of dynamic and highly visual theatre.
City Gallery is located in Peterborough Museum, and is home to an impressive variety of art dating from the 1600s right through to the present day. There is a rolling programme of work by local, national and international artists in the gallery.
The e-Luminate Cambridge Festival offers a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to discover, or re-discover, the richness and diversity of Cambridge’s iconic buildings and public spaces through a range of light art installations.
The Ely Museum is a bright and friendly local history museum, located in the Bishop’s Gaol in the centre of the historical city of Ely. The museum is the history centre for the Isle of Ely and the Fens.
Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey
Throughout the season at Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey, there is a packed programme of events to appeal to all ages including 1940s weekend and a Farm & Countryside day. It’s easily accessible just off the A10.
Great St Mary’s Church
Great St Mary’s Church marks the centre of Cambridge, and is the university church. Climb the tower of this magnificent building for a fantastic view of the city and King’s College chapel, directly opposite.
Ickworth’s impressive Rotunda – a magnificent showcase commmissioned by the 4th Earl of Bristol to house his priceless treasures collected on tours around Europe in the 18th-century – is an architectural marvel.
Situated in Peterborough’s city centre overlooking the river Nene, the Key Theatre works to bring an abundance of entertainment and culture with nationally touring shows, dance, comedy, live music and much more.
King’s College and Chapel
King’s College was founded in 1441 by Henry VI and is one of the 31 colleges in the University of Cambridge. King’s has an outstanding academic record and is also world-famous for its Chapel and choir.
The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has one of the most important collections of its kind in the UK. The museums collections span nearly two million years of human history, on all six inhabited continents.
Set in the heart of the Anglia Ruskin University campus, the Mumford Theatre is a university theatre presenting a range of touring professional, local community and student theatre, as well as a range of music events.
Museum of Classical Archaeology
The Museum of Classical Archaeology is dedicated to the study of the classical past through the material and visual cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. It is home to one of the finest collections of plaster casts of sculpture.
Museum of Zoology
The Museum of Zoology is home to a huge variety of recent and fossil animals. Displays trace the evolution of animal life, and admission is free. There is also a varied programme of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
Oliver Cromwell’s House
Visit the former Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell’s family home. Experience what domestic life would have been like in the 17th century in a variety of re-created period rooms as well as an exhibition detailing the Civil War.
Peckover House is a secret gem, an oasis hidden away. The gardens are an outstanding 2 acres of sensory delight, complete with orangery, summer-houses, croquet lawn and rose garden with more than 60 species of rose.
Within Magdalene College, lies the Pepys Library (of 3,000 volumes), a splendid enrichment of the College by one of its most notable sons. Samuel Pepys became Secretary to the Admiralty for many years, and President of the Royal Society.
Peterborough Museum has a wealth of stories to fascinate and enthral the whole family. With amazing objects and interactive displays for all ages, the collections comprise over 200,000 items of great importance.
The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a unique collection of artefacts, journals, paintings, photographs, clothing equipment, maps and other materials illustrating polar exploration, history and science.
Primavera is the foremost independent art gallery in Britain. The gallery and shop, located over three floors, bring together a refined and well-researched exploration into some of the finest art and crafts in Britain today.
The oldest of the University of Cambridge museums, having been established in 1728 as the Woodwardian Museum. Since then the collection has grown from about 10,000 fossils, minerals and rocks, to at least 2 million.
Stamford Shakespeare Company
One of Europe’s finest theatre venues, Tolethorpe Hall is home to the Rutland Open Air Theatre where the resident Stamford Shakespeare Company present an annual season of plays across June, July and August.
The Orchard Tea Rooms
A visit to Cambridge would not be complete without experiencing this quintessentially English tea garden. Open every day, all year, with indoor and outdoor seating, it serves breakfast, light lunches and afternoon tea.
The Round Church
Looking for a unique way in to Cambridge’s fascinating history? A Round Church guided walk gives you the chance to encounter the events, ideas and people who have shaped Cambridge into the charming city it is today.
The Ruskin Gallery
The Ruskin Gallery is a unique exhibition space, surrounded by the studios of Cambridge School of Art on Anglia Ruskin University’s Cambridge campus. It incorporates a ground-breaking digital gallery – the first of its kind in the UK.
The Stained Glass Museum
The Stained Glass Museum offers a unique insight into the history of stained glass, an art-form that has been practised in Britain for at least 1300 years. There are over 125 stained glass panels representing 800 years of history.
The Whipple Museum’s interesting holdings are particularly strong in material dating from 17th to the 19th centuries. The collection contains objects dating from the medieval period to the present day.
The Wren Library was completed in 1695 to the design of Sir Christopher Wren. It contains the manuscripts and printed books which were in the Trinity College library by 1820, together with various special collections given to the college.
Wysing Arts Centre
Wysing Arts Centre is a registered charity that provides a range of programmes for artistic research, experimentation, discovery and production, out of which emerges an ongoing programme of exhibitions, events and activities.