Cambridge is the spiritual home of punting. With stippled sunlight, weeping willows and the gentle lap of water, punting is the best way to experience the beauty of the River Cam – particularly during the summer months. Be warned: navigating the boat is much harder than it looks so perhaps opt for one of the many chauffeurs dotted around the river. Scudamore’s is the city’s oldest punt-hire company and its award-winning tour offers the perfect introduction to Cambridge’s spectacular views and eventful history.

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Cambridge University Botanic Garden

First opened in 1846, Cambridge University Botanic Garden is a captivating introduction to the natural world. Spanning over 40 acres, the heritage-listed site provides both year-round interest and seasonal inspiration. The Glasshouse range is a notable highlight, having undergone a major restoration and replanting programme in the last five years. Head for the hot and humid tropical rainforest where the dense canopy is punctuated with a colourful array of orchids, bromeliads, passion flowers and all manner of climbing plants.

Fitzwilliam Museum

Among the finest small museums in Europe, Fitzwilliam explores the history of art and culture. Its 1,700 paintings, include masterpieces by Titian, Veronese and Canaletto; oil sketches by Turner and Constable; and a remarkable range of works by French Impressionist painters such as Cézanne, Monet and Renoir. There’s also collections of oriental art, illuminated manuscripts and ceramics, all housed in splendid surroundings. Until 2018, the museum will also play host to displays from Kettle’s Yard, the university’s modern and contemporary art gallery, as it undergoes a major rebuilding project.

Quayside Punting Station

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Fitzwilliam Museum

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