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Cambridgeshire cultural attractions

Whether you prefer to see a museum or art gallery, we’ve captured Cambridgeshire’s best arts and culture destinations. Cambridge has a wealth of museums and heritage to savour. First up, The Fitzwilliam Museum is probably the most important cultural icon in the city. Art on display includes works from Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Monet, Rodin, Turner, Constable and Pissarro. The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Science is a great place for kids and adults alike, with its dinosaur skeleton, stones and a selection of Charles Darwin’s rocks and fossils. Further down the road, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology features a collection of objects from the voyage of Captain James Cook.

If visiting art galleries is more your style, Kettle’s Yard houses a collection of modern art alongside regular exhibitions. Next door is the Museum of Cambridge, which features a selection of vintage household objects and Fen folklore. For those keen on science, the Cambridge Science Centre on Clifton Road is a mecca for all budding scientists. Ely Museum, nearby, is situated in the city’s former jail, and tells the story of prehistoric Ely through to the present day. Over in Peterborough, the Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery is home to a variety of artwork, dating from the 1600s through to the modern day. As well as national and international artists, it also displays local work, too. The museum hosts exhibitions and displays, as well as workshops.


Our picks


Fitzwilliam Museum
The Fitzwilliam Museum

Trumpington Sreet, Cambridge CB2 1RB

The Fitzwilliam Museum was described by the Standing Commission on Museums and Galleries in 1968 as “one of the greatest art collections of the nation and a monument of the first importance”. Find the museum in a beautiful, neo-classical building with its monumental columns housing an immense collection of paintings, sculpture and ancient treasures, including work by artists such as Picasso, Monet, Constable and Rubens. Visit website


Ely Cathedral
Ely Cathedral

Chapter House, The College, Ely CB7 4DL

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-century Lady Chapel. Around the cathedral itself you can explore attractive parkland and one of the largest collections of medieval monastery buildings still in daily use. It is easy to spend a whole day, and longer, visiting the cathedral, and also the city of Ely with its attractive riverside and other tourist attractions. Visit website


Kettle’s Yard
Kettle's Yard

Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ

Kettle’s Yard is the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery. The gallery is set in a beautiful and unique house with a remarkable collection of modern art and a gallery next door that hosts modern and contemporary art exhibitions. Visit website


Cambridge Contemporary Art
Art gallery

6 Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1SU

Situated just a stone’s throw from King’s College, Cambridge Contemporary Art is in the heart of the beautiful, historic University city. Since opening in 1990, they have gained a reputation for their extensive range of high-quality work and innovative exhibitions of local, national and international artists. The gallery atmosphere is open and welcoming to all visitors. The friendly staff will be delighted to assist you and are always happy to provide information about all the artists. Visit website


Byard Art
Painting

14 King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ

Byard Art is an independent commercial art gallery in Cambridge’s historic centre, directly opposite King’s College Chapel. The gallery welcome people from all over the world into the friendly space to enjoy the continually changing exhibitions and display of artwork over two floors. The gallery represents contemporary UK and European painters, sculptors, jewellers and ceramicists both in the gallery and at major art fairs worldwide. Visit website


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Image credits: ©Ely Cathedral Image Library; Dariusz Oczkowicz/stock.adobe.com; Martin Bond/The Fitzwilliam Museum; Paul Allitt/Kettle's Yard; Shutterstock.com

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