London is a great launching pad for day trips all over England, so if you find yourself lucky to be in this great city, you have to make a day trip to Cambridge!
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There are many trains leaving from King’s Cross/St. Pancras Station, so I’d recommend catching any train between 8 and 10 in the morning. Once you get to the train station in Cambridge, head to Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs, which has some great stained glass. Then, head to the Fitzwilliams Museum. I’m usually a 2-hour maximum museum kind of person, so afterwards it’ll be time for lunch.
Right down the street is the Peterhouse College, so just take a peak. For lunch, I highly recommend Fitzbillies. It’s a local cafe full of delicious things to eat. For dessert, grab one of their famous, extra sticky Chelsea buns! After lunch, you should go ahead and go punting. You can either rent your own and drive to steer the boat, or you can peacefully settle into a tour. The whole thing takes about 45 minutes to an hour, back and forth. After your tour down the River Cam, head to the King’s College Chapel and then Trinity College (or any other college of your choosing).
Depending on the time of year, most things will be closing around 4:30/5 in the afternoon. At this point you can take a stroll down St. Andrew’s Street, which is the main shopping street in the town. There are many restaurants to choose from for dinner, though I’d highly recommend making a reservation. For fine dining, somewhere like Cotto or Midsummer House would be amazing, and then on the cheaper side I’d recommend The Urban Shed or Corner House Pub.