7 Best Family Things to Do in Cambridge

Fun Places in Cambridge to take your Kids

Heritage and history are Cambridge's biggest draws, but there are lots of exciting activities and attractions for families. On clear days, not far from the city centre, you'll find an array of family-pleasing open-air visitor attractions. Options range from aviation nostalgia to wildlife conservation. All are easy to reach by bus or car. For rainy days, cinemas and theatres present films and shows for young audiences.

Cambridge and its surroundings are pancake-flat, so this is ideal cycling territory even for little legs. There are miles of car-free bike trails. Cycling along the River Cam is a delight. Kids will also like paddling a 2-seater kayak on the river, as long as their parent is doing most of the work. Besides, spooky stories abound in Cambridge. A spine-chilling ghost tour will give kids something to tell their buddies back home. There are tales of haunted college rooms, landlords, phantoms in English Civil War uniforms, and a legendary ghost dog. Fearless families can join a guided ghost walk through this city of spectres. Follow us through a selection of Cambridge’s great attractions for kids.

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Cambridge Bike Tours

Cambridge Bike Tours offers guided cycle tours around some of the city's main attractions, such as King's College Chapel. You'll ride at an easy pace, in a small group. Bikes are provided for children aged 6 and over.

Location: 6 Elm Street, Cambridge CB1 1EJ, UK

Open: Wednesday–Monday from 10.30am to 4.30pm, closed on Tuesdays

Phone: +44 (0)7598 925243

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Scudamore's Punting Company

Poling a punt (flat-bottomed boat) along the River Cam or Granta is fun for teens. Families can also explore the river in 2-seater kayaks. Scudamore is one of several companies renting out kayaks and punts by the hour.

Location: Granta Place, Cambridge CB1 1RS, UK

Open: Daily from 9am until dusk

Phone: +44 (0)1223 359750

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Black Shuck Cambridge Ghost Tours

Named after a spectral hound that's rumoured to haunt the Cambridgeshire countryside, this outfit offers tours that take you to some of Cambridge's spookiest spots.

Location: Central Cambridge

Open: Daily from 10am to 5pm

Phone: +44 (0)7432 566023

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Visit Cambridge Official Ghost Tour

The local tourist office's own ghostly guide leads families down haunted alleys and around college courtyards, telling spine-chilling tales along the way. Public tours take place on Friday evenings, but you can book a private guide via the tourist office.

Location: The Guildhall, Peas Hill CB2 3AD, UK

Open: Monday–Saturday from 9.30am to 5pm, Sunday from 11am to3pm

Phone: +44 (0)1223 791500

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Audley End Miniature Railway

There's barely space for adults to squeeze into the scaled-down carriages of this vintage mini-railroad. They're just the right size for kids, and a ride takes 15 minutes. Afterwards, children can explore the Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk while parents grab a picnic from the café.

Location: Audley End Rd, Audley End, Saffron Walden CB11 4JB, UK

Open: Hours vary by season

Phone: +44 (0)1799 510726

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Shepreth Wildlife Park

Families can get up close and personal with tigers, lemurs, and marmosets at this small, educational wildlife park. It's located 7 miles south of Cambridge. There are plenty of kid-friendly meals in the café.

Location: Station Road, Shepreth SG8 6PZ, UK

Open: Daily from 10am to 4.30pm

Phone: +44 (0)1763 262226

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Imperial War Museum Duxford

Children can pilot a plane using flight simulators at this large museum. Displays include legendary World War II and Cold War-era British and US aircraft, military vehicles, and a Concorde airliner. Many of the exhibits are outdoors, so pick a sunny day to visit.

Location: Duxford Airfield, Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR, UK

Open: Daily from 10am to 6pm

Phone: +44 (0)1223 835000

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