A Day Trip to Cambridge

You may have seen my Twitter post earlier this week about Lintenair. It’s a new travel brand that claimed to introduce city centre terminals, queue-free boarding and no baggage weight restrictions. It turns out Lintenair is actually an anagram of Trainline and all of Lintenair’s benefits already exist. Steve and I decided to test these out for ourselves and took a day out to Cambridge using a mobile train ticket booked with Trainline’s handy app.

We decided to visit a city we’d never been to before. After much deliberation, we settled on Cambridge. It’s one of the famous university towns here in the UK and when you walk around it you feel like you’re on the set of Harry Potter (always a bonus!).

It’s actually quicker to get to Cambridge on the train from where we live and as Trainline has a useful app that offers live journey updates and mobile ticketing all in one place. We booked and loaded the mobile tickets onto my phone, which means there was no need to pick up (or lose) a physical ticket from the station.

On the day, Steve and I made our way up to London Liverpool Street Station, scanned our ticket barcode on my mobile and walked straight onto our awaiting train. Once we’d found a table seat we settled in and set up office. There’s something really nice about working on a train while the landscape of England is whizzing past your window, if you haven’t tried it I would highly recommend it!

Cambridge train station is right in the centre of town so as soon as we arrived we headed straight to Bread & Meat (thanks to Carrie for the recommendation!). It’s a café that creates amazing tasting simple dishes. I would definitely recommend the Honey Soy Chicken, which we both ended up ordering! After lunch we took a walk down the cobbled streets and took in the bustling atmosphere of the town. I was so surprised by how many bicycles make up the city and it’s definitely the chosen form of transport for anyone attending the university! We stumbled upon Hot Numbers Coffee, a great specialty coffee shop and after ordering two flat whites to-go we carried on exploring.

Cambridge is such a traditionally English city, it has an endless amount of bookshops, gift shops and traditional sweet shops to fill your need for quintessentially English souvenirs. We stopped in a sweet shop and left with a bag full of traditional penny sweets, which filled me with all kinds child-like excitement and memories.

Sweets in hand, we followed the punters along the river and came to St John’s college. You can pay a fee and explore the college grounds and buildings, there’s so much history within one place. We headed through the grounds to find the Bridge of Sighs, which links the two college buildings together over the river. It was the perfect place to watch the people punting float by and enjoy the afternoon sunshine before heading back home.

On our way back to the station we managed to check the Trainline app for a live update of our next train; somehow managing to time it just right and walk straight onto the waiting train. If you’re looking for a day trip somewhere but don’t want to travel too far out of London, I would really recommend Cambridge. It was so nice to visit somewhere new and on both train journeys we were able to catch up on work, which means we were able to chill out when we got home.

If you want to hear more about the Lintenair campaign starring Poldark actress Eleanor Tomlinson check out the videos here. To find out more about booking your train tickets with Trainline, you can visit their website or download their app here.

This post is sponsored by the Trainline however all thoughts and opinions are my own.