Cambridgeshire is a blend of historic charm and contemporary flair, with activities that suit a range of tastes after dark. There are options that take advantage of the quiet and the still of twilight, as well as those that get the heart pumping. Read on to discover the top 10 must-visit places in Cambridgeshire after dark.

  1. Punting on the River Cam
    Experience the tranquil beauty of Cambridge by moonlight with a punt on the River Cam; you can drift past the college backs that have been lit, search for St John’s otter and cradle bridge, and glide under the Bridge of Sighs and the Mathematical Bridge, taking in all the magic along the way. Blankets are provided on most guided tours and some will even chill your champagne, making it the perfect romantic experience or an excellent night out on the town with friends.

  2. Cambridgeshire Casino
    The casinos in Cambridgeshire are the place to experience all the glamour of the venue during the evening hours. They offer blackjack, roulette, and much more. Play in some of the largest poker rooms in the region. For ease of use, many have online casino platforms as well so that all the fun doesn’t have to stop when you’re not able to visit the venue.

  3. Cambridge Corn Exchange
    The Cambridge Corn Exchange is one of the best-known venues in the city and serves as the base for a range of live entertainment. It’s the perfect place to visit whenever you’re in the mood for a concert, comedy show, dance performance, or theatre production. There’s always something happening, and there’s nothing like enjoying your favorite live entertainment with an evening cocktail in hand.

  4. Ely Cathedral by Night
    The interior of Ely Cathedral may not be open to tour at night, but it doesn’t need to be when it’s spectacularly illuminated for after-dark hours. Beyond its walls, the grounds are open for a peaceful evening stroll, and the occasional late event at the cathedral is not to be missed.

  5. Fitzwilliam Museum Late Openings
    On select evenings, the halls of the Fitzwilliam Museum remain glowing past the usual closing hours, letting visitors explore its impressive collections of art and antiquities by night. Often accompanied by special events or talks, these late friskings add an extra element of culture to your visit.

  6. Nighttime Wildlife Walks
    Cambridgeshire’s countryside comes alive after dark. Many wildlife trusts across the region offer guided evening walks, where you can see nocturnal wildlife such as bats and owls or even the remarkable spectacle of glow-worms lighting up hedgerows during the summer months.

  7. Rooftop Bars and Restaurants
    Do as the students do and watch the sunset over the city from one of Cambridge’s rooftop bars or restaurants. Offering plush surroundings, fine dining, and masterfully mixed cocktails, these establishments make for a sophisticated night out. An honorable mention goes to The Varsity Hotel’s Roof Terrace, which boasts spectacular panoramic views.

  8. The Grafton Centre’s Evening Shopping
    Alternatively, for a more laid-back evening, the Grafton Centre has plenty of shops that stay open after the daytime masses have dispersed. Many eateries remain open, and the late evening opening hours also make it a tempting proposition for a pre-or post-cinema browse.

  9. Ghost Tours
    Discover the darker side of Cambridge with an after-hours
    ghost tour. Take in the city’s eerie and haunted past as guides lead you through the ancient streets and colleges, spinning tales of the city’s spine-chilling history. It’s a fun way to learn more about the city’s backstory and potentially encounter a ghost or two as well!

  10. Live Music Pubs
    No night out on the town in Cambridgeshire would be complete without taking in the local music scene. The city boasts an impressive variety of live music nights, set in a great many pubs and venues where everything from jazz and blues to indie and rock can be heard and enjoyed. There are a couple of particularly popular spots for sampling Cambridgeshire’s live music offerings, including the Portland Arms and The Junction.

From the serene to the spectacular, Cambridgeshire’s nightlife offers something for everyone, so whatever your pleasure, it’s safe to say this historic county has got you covered.

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