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The wonders of this fantastic season need not be missed due to the current state of things and those travelling to Cambridge are in the best possible position to experience autumn in all its glory.

Cambridge is the perfect staycation destination for so many reasons. Its rich history and heritage, diverse food and drink scene, marvellous indoor and outdoor attractions, excellent accommodation options and character mean Cambridge is on many people’s travel bucket lists.

So what are you waiting for? Experience Cambridge this autumn, not forgetting to add these fabulous things to do to your itinerary.

Witness autumn at its most beautiful

Cambridge boasts a long list of great attractions, but the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens sits somewhere near the top. It was even ranked as the second-best thing to do in Cambridge by Time Out, we’ll let them explain why:

“Some 40 acres of gorgeously green (and pink and yellow and red…) botanic gardens owned by Cambridge University, where you can earnestly study horticulture or snooze on the lawn. 

Why go? Cambridge’s botanic gardens are an Arcadian paradise hidden behind a fairly nondescript entrance at the station end of town. What sets them apart from other city gardens is the woodland vibe. Lose yourself in a maze of lush foliage and leave all your troubles behind.”

Indulge in a much-needed wellness wander and appreciate all that nature has to offer during the autumn season at the Botanic Gardens. Its ‘Good to Go’ status means it’s a great setting for a socially distanced walk.

Just don’t forget your face covering as you’re required to wear a mask when you visit the Glasshouse, toilets or shop.

Mess about on the river

Whilst spring and summer are best known for their punting adventures, the autumn season is a great time to mess about on the river.

You’ll be able to enjoy the best views and natural spectacles in the heart of the city at this beautiful time of year from your punt – just be sure to wrap up warm!

Wander its world-famous university

The fresh, crisp air makes autumn an ideal time to explore Cambridge on foot, and there’s no better way to see what the city is famous for than with a tour of its university grounds.

From here you can explore some of its museums, with the renowned Fitzwilliam Museum, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Museum of Zoology, Kettle’s Yard, and the Sedgwick Museum recently reopening to the public.

It is important to note that some of the university museums and facilities remain closed so please check before you visit.

While most of the collections are free to visit, tickets must be booked in advance at this current time.

Visit the University of Cambridge Museums website for further details on open collections, reopening dates, safety information and how to book.

Cycle your way through Cambridge

Cycling is a favourite pastime of every Cambridge local so why not live like a local on your staycation and keep warm with a little exercise in the process? Thanks to its city-wide cycling obsession, the vast majority of Cambridge is accessible by bike.

This means you can take in everything from the city sights to its green spaces from your saddle. Here are the best cycling routes in Cambridge to get you started.

Ready to get your staycation on? Then you’ll want to check out our staycation package. Book two nights in the amazing city of Cambridge and stay any time within 12 months of purchase.

You’ll also save more than 50% on our one and two-bedroom apartments, and enjoy many great freebies!

Find out more about our staycation package and enjoy a trip of a lifetime this autumn.