8 hidden gems in Cambridge you need to check out

Home to one of the best and most famous unis in the country and iconic for its punting river tours and outstanding architecture, Cambridge has plenty to explore on a UK city break. But if you’re looking for things to do off the tourist maps, you’ve come to the right place.

There are plenty of gorgeous hidden gems in Cambridge waiting to be uncovered! Luckily for you, we’ve revealed the best secret spots and unique finds in the city.

1. Cambridge Gin Laboratory

The Cambridge Gin Laboratory is Tripadvisor’s number one thing to do in the city, although with fewer than 1,000 reviews we still believe this to be a hidden gem! This interactive space is devoted to creating and celebrating great-tasting gin, offering a range of classes and experiences. Learn how mix your very own bottle of gin with the help of the Cambridge Gin Laboratory’s expert team. 

Or, if you fancy something a bit more flamboyant, check out the ‘Mix It’ class where you’ll construct three incredible cocktails whilst discovering the art of mixology.

2. The Centre for Computing History

The Centre for Computing History (CCH) is a charity which aims to educate people on the history and impact of the Information Age. For many, walking into this centre is like stepping into a time capsule, with all kinds of computers, game consoles and other tech from the past on display.

The CCH team are on hand to teach youngsters how we landed in a world of VR, iPads and TikTok. But this is a wonderful visit no matter your age. From discovering something new (or rather old) to getting nostalgic, there’s something fascinating here for everyone.

3. Hidden Rooms

Hidden Rooms is a one-of-a-kind cocktail lounge and events venue in Cambridge, known for producing visionary drinks and bespoke experiences. Situated in the basement of Victorian-era Roman Baths, Hidden Rooms’ unique venue dates all the way back to 1864.

The cocktail bar is under reservation and table service only, allowing you to be cared for properly by their highly skilled bar team. Hidden Rooms is also known for its exciting entertainment and events! From live music to cocktail classes and even dance workshops, you’re sure to make unforgettable memories.

4. The Orchard Tea Garden

Only a stone’s throw away from the heart of Cambridge you will find The Orchard in Grantchester, a haven offering calm and relaxation to visitors for more than 125 years. The Orchard is known for attracting a large number of famous people over the years including authors, journalists and politicians.

Here you can indulge in afternoon tea beneath the branches, or snuggle up inside the old Pavillion.

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5. Sheep’s Green & Coe Fen nature reserve

Sheep's Green CambridgeThis little haven along the River Cam is the perfect hidden gem in Cambridge for relaxed stroll. Packed with veteran willow trees and lush wildflowers, the Sheep’s Green & Coe Fen nature reserve is a lovely spot to catch a glimpse of some of the local wildlife.

From herons, kingfishers and egrets to water voles and a thriving bat population, the Sheep’s Green is a gorgeous natural site to spot different wildlife – despite it’s close proximity to the city centre! Unwind, recharge, and connect with nature without straying too far from the heart of Cambridge.

6. Mathematical Bridge

Mathematical Bridge in CambridgeDiscover one of Cambridge’s most iconic and hidden sights – the Mathematical Bridge! This quirky bridge is a real head-turner, not just because of its elegant design, but also because of the fascinating stories behind it. Spanning across the River Cam and connecting two parts of Queen’s College, the Mathematical Bridge is made entirely of wood. Meaning zero nuts, bolts, or screws holding it together – that’s some serious mathematical wizardry.

The Mathematical Bridge is a must-see landmark that adds a touch of magic to any stroll along the Cambridge riverbank.

7. Grantchester Village

Rural path in GrantchesterWe’re heading just outside of Cambridge to uncover this hidden gem – and trust us, you won’t regret it! Grantchester village is like stepping into a postcard-perfect English countryside scene. With quaint thatched cottages, sprawling green meadows, and the soothing trickle of the River Cam, Grantchester is the perfect escape when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

8. Scott Polar Research Institute (Polar Museum)

Polar Museum in CambridgeTucked away on Lensfield Road, the Polar Museum is a treasure trove of all things polar exploration. From captivating expedition exhibits to Arctic and Antarctic artefacts, there’s something here to pique everyone’s curiosity.

Shedding light on the importance of understanding polar regions, the Polar Museum also offers interactive and immersive exhibits. Whether you’re a polar enthusiast or just looking for unique things to do in Cambridge, make sure to swing by the Scott Polar Research Institute and dive into the frosty world of polar exploration.