A Dinky Door Trail…

My big girl (6) was off school on Monday for a training day and stuck for things to do we decided to head into Cambridge in search of some Dinky Doors and a go on Cambridge's newest attraction- the Big Wheel (more on that later...)
Young girl looking at the Wonder Emporium Dinky Door

My big girl (6) was off school on Monday for a training day and stuck for things to do we decided to head into Cambridge in search of some Dinky Doors and a go on Cambridge’s newest attraction- the Big Wheel (more on that later…)

What are Dinky Doors?

Dinky Doors are miniature artworks that can be found dotted around Cambridge. If you check out the Dinky Doors Website you will see that they are on an unexpected mission to… SAVE THE WORLD – through delivering dollops of delight in the form of their intricately designed Dinky Doors.

The wonderful Dinky Doors are spread all over Cambridge. As it wasn’t possible to see all the doors in one day my 6-year-old and I (with a baby in tow) decided to focus on 5 of the centrally located ones. My daughter loved looking for them and felt a real sense of achievement when she found one! Don’t worry your not searching blind – the lovely folk at Dinky Doors have provided a map to help with your exploration.

Door 1 – The Wonder Emporium

This was the first door on our quest a short walk from where we got off the bus. I have walked past this door many times and never noticed it! It’s an intricately designed Wonder emporium filled with trinkets and treasures – definitely my 6-year-olds favourite.

Young girl and a dinky door

Door 2 – A gift awaits

A short walk down All Saints Passage and you will find this door. The door blends well with its surroundings and is very easily missed as you walk along Trinity Street.


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Door 3 – The Teleport-O-Matic

A steal at only 3 pence per 3 yards this special Dinky Door will take you anywhere you want to go… Nestled snugly between a couple of phone boxes we enjoyed finding this one and my daughter walked past it several times before spotting it.

dinky door


Door 4 – A Political Statement

The 4th Dinky Door on our trail was found along Downing Street and bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain Number 10 Downing Street. This well-loved door hides a surprise, look closely and you will see a monster lurking inside….

Door 5 – Reality Checkpoint

The final door for us on the day was to be found on Parkers Piece (handily located next to Cambridge’s new attraction – The Big wheel, our next activity). This one is hidden in plain sight and didn’t take us long to spot.

We thoroughly enjoyed our Dinky Door trail and I am planning the next one already….If you would like to do your own Dinky Door trail head over to their website for all of the information on the various doors and locations. This would be a great activity to do with the kids before or after one of our private or shared chauffeured punting tours. Remember to book online in advance to receive the best rates and avoid the queues!

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