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About Cambridge

About Cambridge

Although most famous for its university, founded back in 1209, it's not just students who visit Cambridge. The city is small and compact, and ideal for getting around on foot or by bike. Members of the public can see the university colleges, churches and other buildings at most times of the year, excluding the exam period in late spring. Wherever your hotel in Cambridge is located, you'll be within easy reach of the most important university buildings, the River Cam for punting or pleasure boating, and other famous attractions such as the Botanic Garden and Fitzwilliam Museum. The narrow streets of the city centre are also the best place for souvenir shopping and dining. Cambridge is well connected by road and rail to London and the east of England, so it makes an ideal base for seeing the Fens or the pretty villages surrounding the city. Opodo makes it easy to book a hotel in Cambridge. Just enter your travel dates on the website and refine your choices by location or grade of accommodation. Opodo is also where visitors will find the very best hotel offers on all types of accommodation.

What to see in Cambridge

The natural starting point for any visit to Cambridge is the University, and one of the most famous colleges is King's College, right on the River Cam. The chapel, with its spectacular painted ceiling by Rubens, is open year-round. At most times of the year, there are daily guided tours around the college buildings, too. Punting is a Cambridge tradition and what could be better than gliding serenely down the river by boat? It's harder than it looks! Or opt for a leisurely stroll through the "Backs", a series of gardens along the Cam. From there you can walk along King's Parade for some exclusive boutique shopping.

Then take a breather with a trip to Cambridge's gin distillery or small batch brewery to see how the drinks are made, and then sample some of the products. The Fitzwilliam Museum, known locally as "The Fitz", houses one of the best collections of art and antiquities in Western Europe, with both permanent and temporary exhibitions. Entry is free, with short guided tours of the collections running every Saturday. A hidden gem of a museum is the Polar Museum, close to the Fitzwilliam museum on Lenfield Road. It traces the history of polar exploration through the centuries and showcases the University's current research projects. If wide open spaces are more your thing, then the 40-acre Botanic Gardens are beautiful at any time of year, but particularly pretty in the summer months.

Where to stay in Cambridge

Cambridge caters to both the backpacker and business market, so there is a wide range of accommodation from the cheap hotels favoured by travellers to more upmarket hotels. If you want to be within easy walking or cycling distance from the centre, search for hotels within the Cambridge ring road, which encircles the oldest part of town. Many of the Cambridge colleges also offer bed and breakfast accommodation to visitors when the students are out of town during school holidays. Just outside the ring road, the area around the station offers a wide choice of chain hotels and smaller independent hotels to suit all budgets. Further out of town, prices for accommodation may be lower, but travel time into the city centre is longer. Another option is to search for accommodation in the surrounding countryside. The city has several park and ride options, which are ideal for people staying further afield and travelling by car.