When in Cambridge, live like the students do. My sister and I decided on a whim that we would head to Cambridge and make a proper weekend of it by staying over night. Now, my sister might say that I always leave the accommodation planning to her (occasionally true.. but only because of her ridiculously high standards) and in a slight tiff said to me ‘Well you find something better then!’. So I did.
Through a few google searches (and much to my sister’s delight/disdain) I found that certain pretty University of Cambridge college’s hire out their student rooms to us commoners during the uni holidays. So for a few days we stayed in Clare College close to the centre of Cambridge, right next door to one of the most popular and visited colleges, King’s College.
We pretended we were students again (albeit at a much more prestigious university than when we studied) and wandered the streets of Cambridge and reached the River Cam.
Of course we stood on a bridge and watched the punters go by. And decided we wanted the punter with the pink socks on and our own private punt.
And lucky us, we got them!
As one of the most popular tourist activities to do in Cambridge – I would definitely say it is still very worth it! Grab a bottle of Prosecco and a couple of plastic glasses and giggle your way down the stream.
The Bridge of Sighs does not disappoint. While there are punt-fuls of tourists lining up to have their professional punter driven boat, there are also tourists attempting to punt themselves. Which of course makes for more Prosecco -induced fits of giggles as someone crashes into a tree or another punt or a bridge.
Once off the boats, we got lost walking around the little streets between the colleges, traipsing the gardens and finding little gems of rose vines and cottages.
And of course ending the day at a rooftop bar. As always, we both spoke to our local friends who grew up in the area, and both recommended the Varsity Hotel & Spa Rooftop for a cheeky drink to end our weekend escape!