A Trip to Cambridge and the Accessible Attractions to Visit

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A Trip to Cambridge and the Accessible Attractions to Visit

Cambridge is a historic city in the south east of England, nestled in stunning green countryside and unsurprisingly, it is a popular tourist spot thanks to its history, culture and beauty.

The city is family-friendly with things to do all year round and it is the perfect place to visit if you have a disability or access requirements.

Read on to find out more about Cambridge and how to plan a fully accessible trip there.

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A Little Bit About the City

Cambridge is probably best known for being home to the prestigious University of Cambridge, whose alumni includes a wealth of notable public figures like Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Stephen Fry and David Attenborough.

The city itself is around 50 miles north of London, situated on the River Cam. It is completely surrounded by green belt, making it an ideal spot to visit if you fancy a quiet break away with beautiful surroundings.

How to Get There

The city enjoys excellent transport links and the easiest way to get there is by travelling by train from London Kings Cross to Cambridge.

The Thameslink Railway runs this service and has an assisted travel scheme for disabled or elderly passengers who may need some extra help with their travel. All you have to do is contact them at least 24-hours before travelling, which can be easily done via a phone call, a text, an email or an online booking form.

Also UK has great road networks so you can self drive or even get a coach depending on where you are travelling from.

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Things to Do

With its unrivalled beauty, Cambridge is a great spot to explore and admire the stunning architecture; we recommend looking up the many options for guided tours and accessible punting. There are also plenty of attractions that cater for those of us with additional access requirements. Here are some of our favourites:

For Comedy and Theatre Fans

ADC Theatre is managed by the University and hosts the renowned Cambridge Footlights Dramatics Club. The theatre is fully wheelchair accessible and has an infra-red audio system for hard-of-hearing audience members.

Arts and Heritage Spots

The Fitzwilliam Museum homes over half a million beautiful works of art and historical artefacts – and it’s free of charge to visit. They have a lift at their Courtyard entrance which allows access to the galleries on all floors, and wheelchairs and portable stools are available on request. They also have verbal description and touch tours available to book in advance.

Festivals

Cambridge has an array of festivals throughout the year, including the Folk Festival, Shakespeare Festival, Film Festival, Science Festival and Beer Festival. A full list of the festivals and events on throughout the year can be found on the Visit Cambridge website, as well as further information about on-site accessibility.

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Regardless of your needs as a visitor, Cambridge is a great place to visit with plenty of options for tours, sights and attractions for people with disabilities. Making your way in and around Cambridge couldn’t be easier and it’s a stunning city that you’ll want to return to time and time again.

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