For those living in or traveling to London a 1-day trip to a pretty town like Oxford and Cambridge is definitely a great idea especially on a beautiful day in summer. Cambridge is slightly less appealing but still worth a visit if you have an extra day on top of the conventional London itineraries and day trips to Windsor, Oxford, Brighton, etc. It takes around 1h20m by direct train to go from London Liverpool Street station to Cambridge. Make sure you depart early and arrive in Cambridge by 10:00, because all major attractions close between 17:00 and 18:00. From Cambridge station to town center it is a 20-minute walk. Cambridge is a small and compact town where a good way to get around is on foot. Actually you should spend most of your time visiting inside particular attractions like colleges of University of Cambridge and museums of your interests.
King’s College is a pretty place but we did not have a very pleasant experience. The college’s website is kind of misleading as it says you can “see a number of buildings” in addition to the iconic chapel on an entrance fee of 7.5pounds. First, we could not see all the buildings described in details on the website. Second, we see a few of those buildings, but only from the outside. So, we paid 7.5 per adult only to see the chapel and a spacious green behind.
Don’t forget to go up to the tower of Great St Mary’s Church, which is the only good viewpoint of Cambridge skyline. Here’s our route:
(1) Parish Church of Little Saint Mary’s→ (2) Saint Botolph’s Parish Church → (3) Saint Benet’s Parish Church → (4) King’s College → (5) Clare College → (6) St Edward King and Martyr Church → (7) Great St Mary’s Church → (8) Cambridge Market at Market Square → (9) Trinity College → (10) Church of the Holy Sepulchre The Round Church → (11) All Saint’s Church → (12) Christ College → (13) Christ’s Pieces → (14) Emmanuel College