Although you may be overwhelmed by the social, culinary and architectural delights offered by Girton, there does exist a world outside the college walls which has much to offer the student and visitor. For an introduction to the historical sites and attractions, see a guide brochure (available from the Tourist Information Office, just off Market Square). For a brief exposé of the music, beverage and museum scene, read on...
Cambridge offers a wide variety of watering holes, ranging from cosy old-style pubs to shiny and new would-be London-style wine bars. If you fancy the former, then The Champion of the Thames and the St Radegund's (both on King Street) are highly recommended. The Maypole (next to the multi-storey car park on Park Street, down from the ADC theatre) is also good for sport and a good laugh. If it's al fresco drinking in scenic, riverside surrounds that you're after, then The Mill and The Anchor (both near Silver Street bridge) are good options, and Fort St. George on Midsummer Common is well worth the walk across Jesus Green. The Eagle on Bene't Street is also a popular choice, and boasts some sort of historic DNA discovery association that those of a scientific persuasion will find irresistible. Finally, The Bun Shop and The King Street Run (both on King Street) and The Pickerel on Magdalene Street warrant a visit.
There are several useful online pub guides to help you navigate the vast array of drinking opportunities Cambridge has to offer - try the independent guides here and here and also the Cambridge branch of CAMRA.
If more modern and music-friendly night bars are more your thing, then La Raza on Rose Crescent has recently proved very popular with Cambridge students. Also popular for music performance as well as cocktails are the Vaults on Trinity Street and B Bar on Market Passage. Other vibrant bars we recommend are Ta Bouche on Market Passage, All Bar One on St. Andrew's Street and the Fountain Inn on Regent Street.
If ultra-cheesy music is to your taste, Cambridge is undeniably the place for you.Ballare (formerly Cindy's/5th Avenue) near Lion Yard arguably takes the cake and has become the hotspot for Griton Graduates on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Soul Tree is between the Corn Exchange and the back of the Grand Arcade. The Fez Club on Market Passage is well known as is The Place on Sidney Street (formerly Life).
For more serious music lovers there's The Junction, which is a taxi ride away on Clifton Way (next to the Cineworld, the other side of the rail station).
Cambridge has a wide-range of museums and galleries satisfying all interests; naturally, many museums are associated with the university. Worthy of special mention is the Fitzwilliam Museum and Art Gallery on Trumpington Street (map), for its art exhibitions. Kettle's Yard Art Gallery (map), the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum (map), the University Museum of Zoology (map), and the museum at the Scott Polar Research Institute (map) are also all worth a visit.
College gardens are usually attractively maintained and offer a pleasant venue for a stroll or read, particularly in sunny weather. The University Botanic Garden (map) is highly recommended and entrance is free upon production of your University student card. If you feel the urge to play Frisbee, football, indulge in a picnic etc., then Jesus Green (behind Park Parade) is a suitable venue. For walkers and cyclists with an afternoon to spare, the nearby village of Grantchester, with its scenic meadows and friendly pubs, is an essential destination.
For those distant sunny days the unheated open-air pool on Jesus Green is a venue near to College, offering student discounts and swimmable water. For those who prefer an indoor facility, Parkside Pools, opposite Parker's Piece, offers heated pools, diving boards, a children's pool and water slide.