About Amy B
Lives in Norfolk, United Kingdom
Since Jun 2015
35-49 year old female
Before welcoming our daughter into the world, myself and my husband travelled a lot, chasing the best scuba diving and food around the world! Having lived in London, and Jersey (Channel Islands), we have settled in Norfolk, and now spend our time exploring East Anglia with our dog Sandy, as well as looking for family and budget-friendly holidays in the UK and further afield. And the odd adults-only trip for us both!
Bodies of Water
Private Tours, Kayaking & Canoeing, Boat Hire, Boat Tours
Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Educational sites, Sacred & Religious Sites
Educational sites, Historic Sites
Educational sites, Historic Sites
Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Flea & Street Markets
The river is an iconic part of the city's charm. Pick a spot to sit and watch the efforts of tourists and stag- and hen-parties as they try to steer their punts away from the riverbank! You might even catch a glimpse of some rowers heading out for a practice.
Several companies offer punting trips and they are great fun, but be sure to agree on the price before you get in the boat. You can choose to steer yourself, or pay to have your own personal 'chauffeur'. Punting is by far the best way to see the Backs by river.
Explore the picturesque Backs — a stretch of parkland south of Silver Street — allowing lovely views of the river, and the gardens of several of the colleges. Punting will allow the best views from the river, but you can find some great picnic spots if you start walking south from the bridge at Silver Street.
The Anchor is right on the river at Silver Street bridge. It's all about location here — grab yourself a (plastic) glass of your favourite tipple and enjoy it on the banks of the river. You're sure to find plenty to entertain you as you watch the punting adventures of the many tourists that head onto the river from here.
The Gothic architecture of King's College is one of the most recognisable images of Cambridge, and a definite must-see. You can visit the college grounds, which are lovely and so peaceful with views to the river.
If you are visiting the King's College grounds, your entry will include the chapel. It is simply stunning, with amazing stained glass windows and the largest fan vault ceiling in the world! As an active place of worship (the Christmas Eve service is particularly well known,) it has a unique atmosphere.
Trinity is the largest college in Cambridge and the list of past students is awe-inspiring; from countless Nobel Prize winners to prime ministers and members of the Royal family. You can visit the Wren Library which houses numerous special collections, including medieval manuscripts, early editions of Shakespeare, and A.A. Milne's manuscripts of Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner.
Queens College is one of the oldest colleges in Cambridge, founded in 1448. There are college buildings on both sides of the river, and the buildings and grounds are great places to explore. For a small entrance fee, the Old Hall, Chapel, Cloister areas, and other walkways are usually open to visitors.
The Mathematical Bridge links both sides of Queens College across the river. This wooden footbridge is Grade II listed, and while appearing curved, it is made entirely of straight timbers. It is both pretty and iconic, so well worth a look if you are in the area.
It is hard to choose between the many good pubs in central Cambridge, but The Eagle gets bonus points for several reasons. As well as having strong links to the discovery of the structure of DNA by Crick and Watson, you can also see graffiti from World War II airman in the RAF bar here.
The best vegetarian restaurant in Cambridge, this is a great spot for dinner located centrally behind King's College on King's Parade.
The Corn Exchange, just behind the Market Square, is a great venue for music, comedy and theatre productions. Being centrally located, check out what's on and time your visit to catch your favourite band in an intimate setting. It also hosts the annual Cambridge Folk Festival at the end of July/beginning of August.
This underground bar opens late into the evening at the weekend, and is a great place for after-dinner or after-gig cocktails. Their Porn Star Martini is highly recommended!
A bike tour is a great way to find your bearings and to get into the laid back vibe of the city — almost everyone here cycles to get around. The tour will go at a comfortable pace and allow time for stopping to take pictures along the way.
If you fancy escaping the city for lunch, you can cycle along the river towpath to The Bridge pub in the neighbouring village of Waterbeach to the north. This pub has a lovely beer garden, and is great for families.
If you want to shop while you are in the city, head to the Grand Arcade. With John Lewis as the flagship store here, there are also lots of lovely boutiques and chain stores. It is a light and airy space and conveniently located next to the bus station.
For a spot of culture, drop into the free Fitzwilliam Museum — which is owned by the university — around the block from the Grand Arcade. The collection is really broad including antiques, paintings, and visiting exhibitions.
Why not finish your day with a treatment at the excellent Varsity Spa? Book a massage or rest your feet while spending some time in the lovely jacuzzi, which has views right over the river. The spa does great packages and is welcoming to groups and hen dos!
This beautiful common is a wild place right in the middle of the city — it even has resident cows grazing. It is a lovely place for an early evening walk.
This restaurant is a truly special place in the middle of Midsummer Common. With two Michelin Stars, there are endless small appetisers and magical trolleys bringing drinks, and even chocolates throughout the meal. Expect impeccable service, dry ice, smoking hay, mind-blowing desserts, and to leave happy!
Just outside of the city centre, this is the only permanent cemetery for American military personnel in the UK, with over 3,000 headstones. Immaculately kept, there is also a chapel of remembrance and a new visitor centre.
Open every day, this working garden is a lovely oasis to spend a few hours in. There are, in total, 40 acres of gardens and greenhouses to explore.
Set on the lovely Rose Crescent, just off Market Square, this Greek eat-in and take-away joint is extremely popular with the locals! It serves amazing falafel and 'posh' kebabs.
Market Square really is the centre of the city, as all streets and alleyways seem to end up here. That's not a bad thing as there are some great stalls to browse, selling everything from sweets, fresh fruit, and veg to scarfs and souvenirs.
Parker's Piece is the green where the locals hang out, and it is a lovely, airy place to sit and people watch at the end of your stay. See local kids playing football and students cycling home. Parker's Piece is also widely recognised as the place where the rules of football were first conceived!
Another underground establishment on Rose Crescent, this cosy but elegant bar does great tapas and cocktails. As well as regular live music and DJ's, it has its own fabulous house band: 'Booga’s Electric Sauce'.