24 hours in Cambridge with little ones: As you are reading this I will be back at work for the first time in just over nine months! As part of preparing mentally for going back to work I have convinced the other half to allow me to book one weekend away a month. A family only weekend, one where we take the kids somewhere special, which allows us to explore and also relax a little. Ideally a city since there are so many places in the UK that we have yet to visit. Our first little mini break was last weekend and we went to visit Cambridge. Its a place we have often said we would visit since on a good run it is only two hours away from us.
As it was his birthday Hubby had the day off so we took advantage and left straight after school, meaning we missed most of the bad traffic and arrived at the Premier Inn Cambridge City East around six. I am not going to go into the hotel as I wrote all about it my review post here. Over dinner that evening we planned what we would like to do. I had already brought a little guide book and map, since we are both insanely busy I knew we wouldn’t get round to planning anything before we went. Monkey is now at the age where he has input into the days activities too. It worked well keeping him engaged over dinner and avoiding the inevitable mummy can I play with your phone question..
Sunday we already had plans to visit Wimpole Estate a National Trust property, which we did although the weather was pretty rubbish so I am not sure we did it justice. This meant that we only really had 24 hours in Cambridge, question is how much can you squeeze in with a baby and 4.5 year old?
Morning: We had a lazy couple of hours, even though both kids were up around 6am we actually didn’t make it down to breakfast until around 8.30. I made sure we all stocked up on food for the twenty five minute walk into Cambridge to our first stop
I love walking around Cambridge, I love the grandure of it all, the yellow stone and the architecture. We had brought Monkey’s scooter so it meant our walk in was a lot quicker and he had fun scooting across Parkers Piece which I can imagine looks lovely when all the flowers are out. It did however tire him out so when we spotted Chocolat Chocolat in the high street we made a bee line for it. I would recommend a visit, the smell was immense and they had some very interesting flavours!
We then walked to the Downing Street sight where some of the musuems are located. Monkey wanted to visit The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences as it contained fossils museum, since we made some Dinosaur Fossils ourself for one of his school projects. We had Kipper in the buggy and there are a lot of steps up to the entrance, but if you use the intercom a member of staff will come and let you in via the lift. I loved it as soon as I walked in. It has that museum smell I remember from being a little girl. Monkey was fascinated with everything he especially loved the dinosaurs and the meterioits. They have a little shop which also holds some activity boxes for various ages from two upwards. We found them a little late, but if we return then they looked like a great way to explore the collection.
Lunchtime: I think we stayed for about two hours, after a quick snack we decided to walk over to the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens. We made light work of the twenty minute walk epically with Monkey’s scooter. We managed to stay off of the main roads, I love the sandy coloured bricks and we passed a couple of great looking pubs too. This time of year we only needed a little while to wander. We went through the glasshouses first towards the cafe. Its just about wide enough to get a large buggy through and Monkey loved to explore the little nooks and crannies, he was particularly impressed with the spiky tree. The cafe is a reasonable size, we all had sausage rolls and cake, before setting off to the fountain to find a very large piece of ice! We also walked through the Winter garden which was full of colour. There is a great gift shop too!!
Afternoon: It was time for a little but of adult time so we walked along to the river Cam to see the punts. We had to negotiate pretty hard as Monkey was desperate to give them a go. Instead under promises of returning in the warmer weather we managed a couple of drinks in the Anchor. A pub which is right on the river and one I use to visit in my old uni days! We taught Monkey a game of hangman. Its a multi level pub so not ideal for buggies but we were lucky and managed to get a table as you walked in. They also have a restaurant upstairs.
Early Evening: Leaving the pub at dusk we walked back into Cambridge along past Kings. Its such an impressive building and the early evening light made it look even more so. I think if we were to stay longer I would have liked to walk around more taking in the university buildings and architecture. Obviously with two small children that wasn’t really an option. Although Monkey was quite taken with the 3D map we found. After promising Monkey a curry we headed to The Curry King which was on our route back to the hotel. They did not have high chairs so failed at the first hurdle and to be honest the meal wasn’t great. Its not one I would go back to thats for sure! But Monkey was happy as he really wanted a curry and we had promised him. We were back at the hotel by around 8pm.
It was a lovely day out exploring, there is plenty more we could have got up to and hope to go back again. Especially as we need to go on a punt! Have you visited Cambridge?
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