For one weekend in September Cambridge unlocks its secrets and welcomes everyone to share in its fascinating heritage.

Throughout the weekend a wide range of walks, talks, tours, exhibitions, and special activities are on offer.

Come and explore Cambridge’s unique and interesting historical buildings.

You can discover University and College libraries, gardens, historic buildings, museums and chapels as well as civic chambers, graveyards, historic shops, and even aircraft hangars.

Open Cambridge is always special but highlights this year include a chance to visit the Senate House, hidden gems from the collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum and Darwin’s private letters and personal library. Family fun includes a re-enactment of Stourbridge Fair at the Leper Chapel, a tour of St John’s College Old Library and the opportunity to go behind the scenes at Marshall of Cambridge.

For a chance to visit several Colleges in one day, you might like to take part in the Bridge the Gap charity walk on Sunday 11 September (page 24).

Open Cambridge is part of Heritage Open Days, a national scheme which offers access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. For information about events and activities across the country please see:

We look forward to welcoming you to Open Cambridge.

  • All Open Cambridge activities are free unless otherwise stated.
  • Advance booking is essential for all tours. Online booking is available at:
  • Due to the historic nature of many of the buildings taking part in Open Cambridge, access to all buildings may not be possible for all visitors. Please check the accessibility information in the description of eachevent or contact us if you would like more information about the accessibility of buildings on 01223766766.
  • Please note that children must be accompanied at all times.