Cambridge City Guide

Our forward-looking campus is located in the city centre, close to the beautiful River Cam and prestigious University of Cambridge. Students are only a short bicycle ride or walk from the city’s shopping areas, and can take advantage of everything that Cambridge has to offer – from music and theatre shows, to a range of festivals and events. Find out more about Cambridge below.

  • Welcome to CATS Cambridge, where inspirational tradition meets global innovation Welcome to CATS Cambridge, where inspirational tradition meets global innovation
  • Study close to the prestigious University of Cambridge Study close to the prestigious University of Cambridge
  • A short cycle ride from the historic University of Cambridge A short cycle ride from the historic University of Cambridge
  • A friendly city, steeped in history A friendly city, steeped in history
  • Study close to museums and galleries Study close to museums and galleries
  • Study in a peaceful city Study in a peaceful city
  • Shopping complexes nearby Shopping complexes nearby
  • A beautiful historic city A beautiful historic city
  • Daily central market Daily central market

Music, Dance & Theatre

The main venues for music, dance, theatre and comedy in Cambridge are:

These venues are host to internationally renowned music acts, dance groups and plays as well as student productions – and cover a huge range of genres throughout the year.

Music can also be heard at various smaller and informal venues across the city, as well as live music nights in many of the cities pubs. There is a thriving local music scene too, with many of the city's students and young people forming bands and competing in the annual "Battle of the Bands" competition.

Additionally, there are many local dance and theatre groups which can be spotted on noticeboards around the city or found on local listings directories such as Local Secrets.

Shopping & Fashion

The city centre has a great mix of large designer chains, international high-street stores and smaller independent boutiques. Main shopping locations are:

  • Grand Arcade award-winning centre with over 60 shops, a focal point for shoppers looking for major brands
  • The Grafton with over 60 stores, cinema and restaurants
  • Daily market in the central square offering arts and crafts, food produce and bric-a-brac
  • Sunday Arts & Crafts market on Trinity Street.

Art & Museums

Cambridge is home to some of the world’s most prestigious art, amazing stories from history and budding creators of the future:

  • The Fitzwilliam Museum is the art museum of the University of Cambridge and receives around 300,000 visitors annually. It has five departments covering antiquities from Ancient Egypt, Sudan, Greece and Rome, Roman and Romano-Egyptian Art, Western Asiatic displays, Cypriot Art; applied arts, including English and European pottery and glass, furniture, clocks, fans, armour, Chinese, Japanese and Korean art, rugs and samplers; coins and medals; illuminated, literary and music manuscripts and rare printed books; paintings, including masterpieces by Simone Martini, Domenico Veneziano, Titian, Veronese, Rubens, Van Dyck, Frans Hals, Canaletto, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Constable, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne and Picasso and a fine collection of 20th century art; miniatures, drawings, watercolours and prints.
  • Kettle’s Yard houses a unique collection of Modern and Contemporary Art and is one of the hidden gems of Cambridge City Centre.
  • CATS Cambridge shares a unique relationship with Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts and many of our students progress to this highly respected Art & Drama School. Our students gain unique access to this dynamic creative environment including: annual fashion show, art exhibitions, drama performances
  • The Imperial War Museum has almost 200 preserved vintage aircraft housed in several enormous hangars, and perform air shows regularly throughout the year
  • The Polar Museum tells the story of amazing polar explorations, including exhibitions from Scott’s crew.


The city of Cambridge has a long and interesting history, being home to some amazing colleges and cultural activities:

  • With some dating back to Medieval times, Cambridge University’s colleges are stunning pieces of architecture and are dotted throughout the city – they open their doors to visitors, including King’s College Chapel and Trinity College
  • Find out more about the city of Cambridge on a guided walking tour, run by the tourist office
  • Punting along the River Cam is a very popular activity with both tourists and locals – companies like Scudamore’s or Cambridge Chauffeur Punts will allow you to hire a boat or go on a chauffeured tour – the perfect way to spend a sunny day.
  • Cambridge University Botanic Garden provides a beautiful, quiet rest from the busy city – and is the perfect place for a picnic.


Cambridge has cinemas showing films from around the world seven days a week:

  • Cambridge Vue: 8 screen multiplex, mainly current Hollywood / British Blockbusters
  • Cineworld: 8 screen multiplex, mainly current Hollywood / British Blockbusters
  • Picturehouse: Arts Cinema showing a large range of international films, smaller budget movies and current Hollywood / British Blockbusters.


Across Cambridge you will find restaurants offering a huge range of cuisine – Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Persian, Turkish, Middle Eastern, French, Polish, Spanish, Lebanese, American, Vietnamese – to name but a few!

Some particular favourites with our students include:


Cambridge is host to a number of highly regarded festivals during which the city buzzes with excitement and activity. The festivals are held throughout the year and offer the best variation of music, film and literature including:

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