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.
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.