Many towns and cities in the UK are steeped in history; but in Cambridge, the past comes alive. Renowned for its university, architecture and museums, it's an ideal destination for a quiet break focussed on culture. Cambridge holiday cottages place visitors within easy reach of historical sites, ranging from those thousands of years old, to those where the likes of Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe, John Maynard Keynes, Stephen Hawking and Douglas Adams studied or pursued groundbreaking work.Self-catering accommodation in Cambridge varies from cottages and houses to apartments, bungalows and farmhouses. Some are small and cosy while others can sleep large groups. Most holiday cottages in Cambridge welcome children and have their own gardens so guests can enjoy a country-style getaway while being close to all the city’s amenities.
-Historical Attractions: The University of Cambridge is what most people think of when they think of the city. Founded in 1209, it is one of the oldest universities not only in Britain but in the entire world. Many of the greatest minds in history have either studied at one of the university colleges or taught and did their research here. You can visit many of these colleges and institutions, like King’s College Chapel, or simply stroll around and admire the setting.
-Museums: A city with such an illustrious history, especially in the field of the sciences, is bound to have many fascinating museums; and Cambridge is no exception. Whether interests lie in geology, anthropology and archaeology, the arts, the history of science or even in the North and South Poles, a suitable museum will keep guests riveted for hours.
-Sightseeing: One of the best ways to spend a morning is to close the door of a holiday home in Cambridge and simply start walking. There is hardly a street in the city that doesn't boast breathtaking architecture. Ranging in style from medieval to the dreamy Gothic, Cambridge’s buildings are a sight to behold and perfect for photography enthusiasts.
-Architecture: Cambridge got its name from the River Cam that flows through town. Stroll along the river banks and admire the many famous bridges, like the geometric Mathematical Bridge, the beautiful Bridge of Sighs, the Christopher Wren-designed Kitchen Bridge and the Clare College Bridge, the oldest of the city’s surviving bridges. Watch a rowing regatta, or if there's a desire to take to the water, be sure to try punting.
-Day trips: A lovely day trip from any Cambridge holiday apartment will be to visit Ely, about 16 miles to the north-east of Cambridge. This is another city positively bursting with fantastic architecture, but if only one building is seen here, it should be the stunning, medieval Ely Cathedral.
Cambridge has a pleasant climate and is one of the drier destinations in the UK. It sees only about half the national average of rainfall in a year. The hottest months are July and August, when temperatures reach an average high of about 23°C. In winter, the mercury drops to around 1°C at night, but guests can be sure that their holiday cottage in Cambridge will have a good heating system to compensate.
A little over 60 miles from London, Cambridge is very easily reached. Visitors can fly in to any one of the airports serving the capital and then travel directly from there. There are also good public transport connections between Cambridge and many other destinations, like the Cambridge Cruiser between the city and London’s Kings Cross station. Note that while most Cambridge holiday accommodation has parking available, it can be difficult to find parking spots in the city centre; guests might want to take public transport or a bicycle once in Cambridge.