The historic university town of Cambridge lies a few hours north of London in the east of England. Famed for the Christmas 'Nine Lessons and Carols' service from Kings College, this compact town can be toured on foot.
Cambridge has a widespread reputation for events such as the Cambridge Folk and Beer festivals as well as the Big Weekend and Secret Garden Party.
In keeping with the city's cultural traditions, there are many museums and galleries to explore, such as the Fitzwilliam and Kettles Yard. Stay in any of the central Cambridge hotels, which range from budget B&Bs to five-star retreats, for punt trips down the River Cam or strolls around the stunning University Botanical Gardens. Alternatively, while away the day in any of the high-quality eateries and local shops.
If you are looking for a big brand hotel, Cambridge is home to the Holiday Inn Express, DoubleTree by Hilton, Days Inn, Best Western and Premier Inn.
To see the city at its best, join an official guided tour. Walking around the city will enable you to appreciate the university's historic architecture. You may even wish to stay in one of the college rooms, which are available outside of term time in the summer months. Alternatively, there are a range of good hotels within the vicinity of St. John's, Trinity and many other famous colleges.
Visitors wishing to travel further afield to county attractions like Shepreth Wildlife Park, or those who wish
to tour the Fenland by bike, might be best suited to the choice of guest houses outside the city centre. Search the hotels in Cambridge along the river or on Chesterton Road, which still provides easy access to all of the central amenities. The B&Bs on Newmarket Road are also conveniently situated for guests arriving at Cambridge airport. If you wish to venture further afield, London is easily accessed by car or rail. Leicester, Birmingham and Ipswich can all be visited with a train ride.
December is one of the most exciting times of year to see Cambridge, if only for the superb carol festivities. The Shakespeare festival and other big summer events take place in July and August. The Cambridge Film festival takes place in September.
Hotels can be fully booked ahead of these events, however, so take care to check availability as soon as possible. Compare the price of hotels in Cambridge using Travelsupermarket`s tool and save money by booking in advance.
Top five attractions
Visitors will enjoy exploring outstanding architecture when they visit the college and its stunning late gothic chapel.
Punting on the River Cam
A lazy trip punting down the River Cam is a must-do when in Cambridge. Sit back and take in the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding area.
Art enthusiasts will love visiting Kettle's Yard which houses 20th-century, contemporary and modern art.
Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Showcasing more than 8,000 different species of plants and flowers, visitors can enjoy walking around the 40 acres of beautiful gardens and glasshouses.
The Fitzwilliam Museum
History buffs will love spending time wandering around the Fitzwilliam Museum with its impressive collections of artefacts from the ancient world and art by the likes of Picasso and Whistler.
The Cambridge Science Festival; March; University of Cambridge and partner organisations
As the UK's largest free science festival, visitors can take part in more than 200 events at the University of Cambridge and its partner organisations. With everything from astronomy to zoology, all the family can experience hands-on experiments as well as watching talks and presentations from leading researchers.
Cambridge Folk Festival; July; Cherry Hinton Hall
Featuring an eclectic mix of music, the event showcases traditional folk, country, blues, roots, bluegrass and gospel, among others. Held at Cherry Hinton Hall, visitors can either buy a one-day pass or attend for the whole weekend.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols; December; King's College Chapel
This famous Christmas Eve service held in King's College Chapel was first introduced in 1918 and is now broadcast to the nation and all over the world. To get in you will need to queue at the chapel and it is advised to arrive before 9am.