Getting cultural in Cambridge


Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School: School of Creative Industries
Course: BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature
Category: Music and performing arts

12 June 2020

Cambridge is a large, beautiful city well known for its learning and academia. There is also a whole lot more that the city can offer, if you know what to look for! The city has a lot of rich historical, social, and cultural aspects that can be fun and interesting to take part in. Here are seven things to try.

1. Punting

If you are looking for something outdoorsy, and you don’t mind getting a little bit wet then you might enjoy punting. You can do it on your own, or with a group of friends, and you can even go on punting tours. It’s well worth the money spent for trying something different and getting to see a beautiful city from the river.

2. Museums

Museums are always a fun way to learn, and luckily Cambridge has plenty of places filled with interesting exhibitions. The Fitzwilliam is a large central museum in Cambridge with collections and displays from all over the world, including new a Renaissance exhibit and many more. The city is full of other museums, such as the University Museum of Zoology, Kettle’s Yard art gallery, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences and the Cambridge Museum of Technology.

3. Talks, conferences and exhibitions

One of the most notable parts of Cambridge would be the Cambridge University colleges. First founded in 1209, the university often has exhibitions, academic talks and conferences which are open to the public. It also owns The Cambridge University Botanical Gardens which can make a lovely day out.

4. Churches

Another notable part of Cambridge is its architecture. Its finely crafted buildings are not in short supply, especially when it comes to its churches. There is more than one example, but my favorite is the Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs in central Cambridge, as the interior is incredible.

5. Mill Road Mosque

There are plenty of places of worship in Cambridge, including space around Anglia Ruskin University. Mill Road is home to Cambridge Mosque which has a stunning interior, sustainable design and amazing gold dome.

6. Theatres

Cambridge’s theatrical scene is thriving. ARU is extremely blessed to house the Mumford Theatre which always has a large range of shows and projects running and is open to the public. The Cambridge Arts Theatre and ADC Theatre also have vibrant programmes and upcoming plays to keep you busy.

7. Restaurants

As a foodie, I naturally want to try new places to eat. Whilst Cambridge might not be a completely different planet, it’s still a good place to experience different cuisine. Whether you’re interested in a taste of the high life, a simple burger or something from another country, Cambridge is populated with lots of hidden gems that will no doubt blow you away!

Zoe studies Drama and English Literature at ARU in Cambridge. If you're interested in this or similar subjects, browse our undergraduate degree courses or come along to an Open Day to find out more.


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