We took at day trip from Portsmouth to Cambridge, a round journey of 280 miles and just over 5 hours, to visit the The Centre for Computing History museum in December 2019.
To keep costs down, and to maximise our time due to the short day, we brought a packed lunch and ate half in the way up in the car, and the other half on the way home. The cafe in the museum fed the 5 of us a drink and a snack each at a reasonable price. If you want to make a longer day of it then you’re in Cambridge … plenty of choices!
Visiting in the winter then be aware that the main museum is not heated – we had prepared for this and brought loads of extra coats etc in the car, but a jumper was just fine though feet got a bit chilly – double up on socks!
My kids found loads of things to do and play with – they normally get bored easily, they were quite content to go off on their own and explore the venue. We feel safe leaving them to do their own thing – they were told to be respectful, and no running!
Staff and curators were amazing, and I’d had made the pilgrimage to see the ZX Spectrum prototype donated by Nine Tiles, one of the curators took time out to give me the story behind the prototype and the associated ZX80/ZX81 used to create the prototype code.
The photographs that follow are just a flavour of the museum; as a family day out it has to be one of best ones we’ve ever had.