Cambridge is certainly one of the most beautiful cities that we’ve visited, infused with culture and history. The colleges and museums take centre stage but, unsurprisingly, dogs are not allowed within the buildings or grounds.
Nevertheless, every street leads to another significant landmark or point of interest, so there is still plenty to see and do. The best time to explore Cambridge on foot with a dog, particularly if you are hoping to get some nice photographs, is probably first thing in the morning because the city gets very busy, very quickly – even on a Sunday! The city centre is pedestrianised but you will still need to watch out for service vehicles and bicycles whizzing past.
Our favourite sights were: Newton’s Apple Tree at Trinity College, The Round Church, Cambridge University Press, The Anchor pub (frequented by Pink Floyd during the 60’s), The Eagle pub (where Francis Crick and James Watson announced their discovery of how DNA carries genetic information), the Antarctic Sledge Dog Memorial and the Mathematical Bridge.
Cambridge is also a great place to shop and we were delighted to find a mixture of stores from small independent retailers (check out Podarok on Benet Street) to big high-street brands (White Stuff, Fat Face, Joules, Waterstones etc.) all welcoming dogs!
Grumpy’s has a resident Moluccan Cockatoo called Lulu and you can find her next to the ORIJEN dog food in the back of the store. Elsa was incredibly curious about this new and unusual creature and it was entertaining watching her balance on her back legs to get a better look at Lulu. The pair then decided to have a ‘screech off’ with Elsa matching Lulu’s high-pitched squawk with equally ear-piercing barks!
150A Scotland Rd, Cambridge CB4 1QQ
When the crowds and swarms of bicycles of Cambridge get too much, there are many café’s and restaurants that will allow dogs inside, or within their outdoor seating areas.
(Places like NOVI, The Orchard Tea Garden, Cambridge Cookery School and The Earl of Beaconsfield are all reported as being dog friendly, but please double-check before you visit.)
Alternatively, you could pick up a picnic and retreat to one of Cambridge’s many parks. These areas come with their own history too, for example: ‘Parker’s Piece’ (pictured below) is regarded as the birthplace of the rules of Association Football. If you stroll along ‘The Backs’ you can get a glimpse inside some of the college grounds. Cambridge is also surrounded by several picturesque semi-rural areas including Coe Fen and Midsummer Common where you will find livestock grazing, so dogs are best kept on a lead for obvious reasons in these areas.
Punting is another activity that you can enjoy with your dog, although I’m afraid that both time and the weather were against us on our visit so this is one thing that we didn’t do! As a result, we missed out on seeing many of the historical sites along the river Cam including the Bridge of Sighs which I would have liked to have seen.
This is something that I shall look forward to doing on our next visit...
Where to Stay | The Gonville Hotel
If you’re planning a trip to Cambridge with your dog then we would highly recommend booking into this luxury boutique hotel located in the city centre.
Along with dog friendly rooms, you can also make use of the gardens (with a dog waste bin on site) and you can enjoy a delicious meal in the bar area with your dog. Room service is available 24hrs a day and can be ordered via the “Virtual Valet”.
Another highlight of staying at The Gonville Hotel is the opportunity to take a chauffeur-driven tour of the city in one of their classic Bentleys – an unforgettable experience!