The Museum of Cambridge
PUBLISHED: 12:11 29 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:43 29 July 2016
Formerly the Cambridge and County Folk Museum, The Museum of Cambridge’s nine display rooms capture the life of Cambridge’s citizens through the ages displaying furnishings, implements and objects that date back to the reign of the Stuarts.
Museum of Cambridge
Address: 2/3 Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am-5pm; last admissions at 4.30pm; Sundays and bank holidays: noon - 4pm; last admissions at 3.30pm
Entry prices: £4; concessions - £2; children under 12 - free; Friends of the museum - free
Toilets: Yes, and baby changing rooms
Disabled access: Yes
Refreshments: Tea room open on weekends
The museum was set up in 1936 and stands on Castle Street in the picturesque 17th Century timber-framed house that was the White Horse Inn for 300 years.
Guided tours are available and there are organised activities for children of all ages, including various trails that lead young explorers through the rooms of the museum.
For adults, the museum is a wonderful insight into the lives of locals in Cambridge and The Fens, there are fascinating collections in each room, and a quaint tea-shop open at weekends. Temporary exhibitions and special events are also hosted and can be found online, and a museum shop is also on-site.
It’s just outside the city centre but an easy walk from Bridge Street once you’ve dodged the punting touts or had a jaunt on the Cam with them. Once you’re there it’s worth scurrying around the corner to the site of Castle Mound, in the grounds of Cambridgeshire County Council’s offices, for an elevated view of the city if you like looking at a good roof. There are great pubs in any direction and on a sunny day it’s a nice stroll along Northampton Street to the Backs.
For more information visit the Museum of Cambridge website.