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CambridgeUnited Kingdom

This picturesque English town is famous for its historic university, medieval architecture, neighborly pubs and eclectic year-round festivals.

Walk in the footsteps of literary greats, inventors and Nobel Prize winners at the English city of Cambridge. Visit a historic university and spot centuries-old architecture. Explore art museums and enjoy a lively performing arts scene. Cruise down a lazy river on a traditional flat-bottomed punt or relax in pristine public parks.

Cambridge’s city center is a compact area of brick and cobblestone streets ideal for exploration on foot. Find galleries, boutiques, pubs and churches along narrow passageways. Visit the 12th-century Round Church, one of the city’s oldest buildings. Climb the medieval staircase to enjoy panoramic views from the tower of Great St. Mary’s Church. Experience the boisterous ambiance of Cambridge’s pubs, such as the 500-year-old Pickerel Inn.

Be inspired at the city’s varied museums. Study art and antiquities from 3000 B.C. to the present at the Fitzwilliam Museum. Admire work by 20th-century artists, such as Alfred Wallis and Joan Miró, at Kettle’s Yard. Discover ancient artifacts at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The Centre for Computing History has vintage computer displays and classic video games.

See what life would be like as a student at Cambridge University. Wander around the grounds of historic colleges, including Kings College and Trinity College. Pause to imagine a time when Isaac Newton and Oliver Cromwell studied here. Take a punting trip on the River Cam for an alternative view of the university. Relax in a flat-bottomed boat as you glide past The Backs, a collection of riverside parks and gardens.

Throughout the summer Cambridge buzzes with open-air cultural events. Be part of festivals dedicated to beer, comedy, literature, music and street performers. Summer in the City is a series of free events held in the glorious city parks.

Cambridge sits in the eastern region of England and is easily accessible via inter-city trains and buses. The city is just a 50-minute train ride from central London. Whether for touristic or academic purposes, a visit to Cambridge is fulfilling in any season.

Where to stay in Cambridge

Cambridge Corn Exchange showing heritage elements and street scenes

Cambridge City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(38 area reviews)

Unique features of Cambridge City Centre include the gardens and river views. Make a stop by Cambridge Corn Exchange or Cambridge Market Square while you're exploring the area.

Cambridge City Centre
Arbury, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

Arbury

4.5/5Wonderful!(8 area reviews)

While there might not be top attractions in Arbury, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Cambridge Corn Exchange and Bridge of Sighs.

Arbury

Top Hotels in Cambridge

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Clayton Hotel Cambridge formerly known as The Tamburlaine Hotel
Clayton Hotel Cambridge formerly known as The Tamburlaine Hotel
4 out of 5
Station Rd, Cambridge, England
The price is $158 per night

Situated in Cambridge, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, and Cambridge Arts Theatre. St Catharine's ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (706 reviews)

"Lovely hotel, never had such a good nights sleep. The beds are literally like clouds! I struggled to get out of mine! Social distancing all very good. Very clean and presentable.Shower was so nice. Would stay again."…"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020

Clayton Hotel Cambridge formerly known as The Tamburlaine Hotel
Cambridge Hotel City Center on the River Cam
Cambridge Hotel City Center on the River Cam
4 out of 5
Granta Place Mill Lane, Cambridge, England
The price is $148 per night

Located in Cambridge City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Backs and University of Cambridge. King's College and Cambridge Corn ...

4.2/5Very Good! (932 reviews)

"We love this hotel by the river and punts. The staff were very friendly and did their best during their first weekend after the lockdown was eased. Highlights are cocktails on the lawn and breakfast."…"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

Cambridge Hotel City Center on the River Cam
Holiday Inn Express Cambridge
Holiday Inn Express Cambridge
3 out of 5
15/17 Coldhams Park, Norman Way, Cambridge, England
The price is $73 per night

Located in the heart of Cambridge, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cambridge University Lawn Tennis Club, Addenbrooke's Hospital, and University of Cambridge. ...

4/5Very Good! (954 reviews)

"We were worried about the location of the hotel when booking but it was fine, just got taxis into town. The staff were really helpful and friendly. Breakfast was good, plenty to choose from. Some building work going on but it did not spoil our stay. Only thing we would fault is that we could hear ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Cambridge

Popular places to visit in Cambridge

University of Cambridge
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University of Cambridge

4.5/5(96 reviews)

Walk around the campus of University of Cambridge, a top university in Cambridge. Stroll along the area's riverfront or experience its fascinating museums.

Imperial War Museum Duxford
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Imperial War Museum Duxford

5/5(16 reviews)

Explore the exhibits at Imperial War Museum Duxford, a favorite museum in Duxford. Stroll along the riverfront in this relaxing area, or check out its charming coffeehouses.

Cambridge Corn Exchange
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Cambridge Corn Exchange

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Legendary performers, such as Syd Barrett and David Bowie, have performed at this historic venue.

King's College
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King's College

4.5/5(78 reviews)

Explore the campus of one of Cambridge University’s great colleges and visit its medieval chapel, a superb example of late Gothic architecture.

Trinity College
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Trinity College

4.5/5(45 reviews)

Take a campus tour or just explore the area around Trinity College, a top university in Cambridge. Wander around the area's picturesque gardens or experience its fascinating museums.

Fitzwilliam Museum
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Fitzwilliam Museum

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Spend hours discovering more than 4,000 years of art and antiquities in the grand setting of a monumental 19th-century building. 

Top things to do in Cambridge

Cambridge University & City Walking Tour With A Graduate
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Cambridge University & City Walking Tour With A Graduate

$22
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Full Day Cambridge Tour from Bournemouth
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Full Day Cambridge Tour from Bournemouth

$44
Per adult
4-Day Paris Break from Cambridge including Disneyland Paris
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4-Day Paris Break from Cambridge including Disneyland Paris

$307
Per adult
3-Day Paris and Versailles Tour from Cambridge
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3-Day Paris and Versailles Tour from Cambridge

$246
Per adult
Full Day Cambridge Tour from Brighton
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Full Day Cambridge Tour from Brighton

$56
Per adult
Private Transfer Arrival or Departure : Cambridge-London
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Private Transfer Arrival or Departure : Cambridge-London

$199
Per adult

Reviews of Cambridge

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

Walking through the city center and around the university, the architecture is gorgeous.

5/5 - Excellent

Shan

Mar 17, 2020

Irrespective of your religion or beliefs, do attend an evensong at Kings or St. Johns. A wonderful experience and the Chapels are gorgeous. If you have the time, do a day-trip to Ely - the Cathedral is unique and the tower tour is a must.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 8, 2020

Too many tourists. The university and city Council need to set limits like in Venice.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 29, 2019

Nice college town well worth a day trip from London

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 3, 2019

It’s a lovely college city with so much to see and do. Museums, gardens, the river, shopping and history.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 24, 2019

Cambridge is my home away from Home. Always a pleasure to visit!!

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