If you have kids, you’ll know that the best thing you can give them isn’t toys or clothes, but experiences. If you’re taking them to Cambridge, you’ve probably got lots of ideas about what to do—but we can help with a few too, from bowling to animals and bookshops.
Head away from Clayton Hotel Cambridge for this amazing outdoor trip, which will let your children see tapirs and lions in the glorious outdoors. The zoo came to Linton in 1972 and remains just as committed to conservation now as it was back then—with all 18 acres of the grounds devoted to wildlife.
City Sightseeing Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
Perfect for kids, leave the hotels near Cambridge train station and head into the city centre to board this bus. Spend as long or as short as you like riding around the 19 stops and listening to your audio guides together, learning amazing new facts about the place you’re staying. You can even go punting on the River Cam and get some amazing shots of the college buildings!
Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Your kids might not be able to manage the whole 40 acres of this incredible place, but they’re sure to appreciate the beautiful gardens and greenhouses. Any child who wants to be a scientist will be fascinated in the purpose behind growing all these rare plants in one place, and if you plan it right you might even manage to drop in on one of the fabulous family events.
Cambridge Museum of Technology
Any child with an engineering brain will be fascinated by the items on show here, from the letterpresses, the hand operated presses that made machinery work, to the information and artefacts from local industries. It’s also a chance to learn about the history of the pumping station where the work was done. They might get back to Clayton Hotel Cambridge and start trying to puzzle out how the lift works!
Tenpin Bowling Cambridge
If the adults have loved looking at the colleges next to the hotels near Cambridge train station and the kids are threatening mutiny, head to Tenpin Bowling. With 28 modern lanes, all computerised, children can enjoy trying to get strikes over on the adults, enjoy delicious meals and snacks, and adults can enjoy the licensed bar and a drink from the Costa Coffee tucked away inside.
Heffers Children’s Bookshop
What would Cambridge be without books? Heffers is a Cambridge institution, stocking books for academics and adults but having a very special children’s department full of books, character toys, child-friendly activities and more. If you have a bookworm, let them run around in here and maybe even pick a book to take back to Clayton Hotel Cambridge for tonight’s bedtime story. Just make sure they don’t pick too many that it’s difficult for them to carry them all back to your room!