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Family Fun in Cambridge - Boats, Bicycles, Miniature Trains, and Vintage Planes

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Heritage and history are Cambridge's biggest draws, but there are lots of exciting activities and attractions for families, including kayaking and cycling. A spine-chilling ghost tour will give kids something to tell their buddies back home. Not far from Cambridge city centre, you'll find attractions such as wildlife, vintage aircraft, and a miniature railway. For rainy days, cinemas and theatres present films and shows for young audiences.

Biking and boating for families

 

Cambridge and its surroundings are pancake-flat, so this is ideal cycling territory even for little legs. There are miles of car-free bike trails. Cycling along the River Cam is a delight. Kids will also like paddling a 2-seater kayak on the river, as long as their parent is doing most of the work.

 

Cambridge Bike Tours

 

Cambridge Bike Tours offers guided cycle tours around some of the city's main attractions, such as King's College Chapel. You'll ride at an easy pace, in a small group. Bikes are provided for children aged 6 and over.

 

6 Elm Street, Cambridge CB1 1EJ. Tel: +44 1223 366868

 

Cambridge Bike Tours website

 

Scudamore's Punting Company

 

Poling a punt (flat-bottomed boat) along the River Cam or Granta is fun for teens. Families can also explore the river in 2-seater kayaks. Scudamore is one of several companies renting out kayaks and punts by the hour.

 

Granta Place, Cambridge CB1 1RS. . Tel: +44 1223 359750

 

Scudamore's Punting Company website

A family ghost hunt

 

Spooky stories abound in Cambridge. There are tales of haunted college rooms, landlords, phantoms in English Civil War uniforms, and a legendary ghost dog. Fearless families can join a guided ghost walk through this city of specters.

 

Black Shuck Cambridge Ghost Tours

 

Named after a spectral hound that's rumored to haunt the Cambridgeshire countryside, this outfit offers tours that take you to some of Cambridge's spookiest spots.

 

Central Cambridge. Tel: +44 7432 566023

 

Black Shuck Cambridge Ghost Tours website

 

Visit Cambridge Official Ghost Tour

 

The local tourist office's own ghostly guide leads families down haunted alleys and around college courtyards, telling spine-chilling tales along the way. Public tours take place on Friday evenings, but you can book a private guide via the tourist office.

 

Central Cambridge. Tel: +44 1223 457574

 

Visit Cambridge Official Ghost Tour website

 

Open-air attractions

 

Not far from the city centre, you'll find an array of family-pleasing open-air visitor attractions. Options range from aviation nostalgia to wildlife conservation. All are easy to reach by bus or car.

 

Audley End Miniature Railway

 

There's barely space for adults to squeeze into the scaled-down carriages of this vintage mini-railroad. They're just the right size for kids, and a ride takes 15 minutes. Afterwards, children can explore the Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk while parents grab a picnic from the café.

 

Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Cambridge CB11 4JB. . Tel: +44 1799 542134

 

Audley End Miniature Railway website

 

Shepreth Wildlife Park

 

Families can get up close and personal with tigers, lemurs, and marmosets at this small, educational wildlife park. It's located 7 miles south of Cambridge. There are plenty of kid-friendly meals in the café.

 

Station Road, Shepreth SG8 6PZ. . Tel: +44 1763 262226

 

Shepreth Wildlife Park website

 

Imperial War Museum Duxford

 

Children can pilot a plane using flight simulators at this large museum. Displays include legendary World War II and Cold War-era British and US aircraft, military vehicles, and a Concorde airliner. Many of the exhibits are outdoors, so pick a sunny day to visit.

 

Duxford Airfield, Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR. Tel: +44 1223 835000

 

Imperial War Museum Duxford website