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Destination guide

Hitting the grades in Cambridge

Cambridge is a chocolate box of treats for those interested in sightseeing and English heritage. Turn one corner and you're greeted with a filigreed Gothic spire. Turn another and you'll find a centuries-old church adorned with grand clocks and gargoyles. Turn another and there's a babbling waterway, a leafy park and a thatched-roof cottage. But that's only half the story. This erudite town is also a hub of learning. Cambridge holiday rentals sit amidst the green meadows of the revered colleges, meaning you can rub shoulders with the professors and the students alike.

Things to do

Hitting the grades in Cambridge

Cambridge is a fine place to go in search of your inner student. With A-grade undergrads and world-famous professors wandering between the meadows and lecture halls, it should hardly come as a surprise that there are plenty of places to do a little learning. Start at the Fitzwilliam Museum, where Roman busts mingle with mysterious Egyptian trinkets and masterworks by the likes of Cezanne. For more mind-boggling relics, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is a must. That's got African tribal art and primeval tools recovered from as far afield as the Olduvai Gorge of Tanzania.

Activities

Bucolic enjoyments in Cambridge

Leafy and green, Cambridge lends itself to peaceful pursuits. Punting on a boat along the River Cam is a great way to reveal the handsome faces of The Backs – the pretty exterior facades of the town's countless colleges. Watch out for days when there's a famous Bumps rowing race unfolding on the waters, though – it's probably better to stick with spectating for those. And if you'd prefer to stay on dry land? How about an mp3-guided tour of the ancient city centre, revealing churches and chapels and historic pubs?

Weather

Climate during your stay in Cambridge holiday homes

Don't be put off a trip to Cambridge because of the weather. It's true that the summers offer the best opportunity to hit the River Cam by boat and the best rowing races take place in June and July, but that's certainly not the only time of year to visit this enthralling city. Winter, which runs from November to March, can also be enchanting. Crisp, clear days and the occasional dousing of snow only add character to the Gothic edifices and churches. Spring – in April and May – means blooming flowers in the meadows and some bargains on Cambridge holiday rentals.

Natural features

Cambridge takes leafy to new heights

Cambridge is one seriously leafy city. It's got sprawl but it's almost impossible to decipher where the parks and meadows end and the suburban pockets begin. That's thanks largely to the green spaces that clutch the edge of the River Cam as it winds through the middle of the town. You can seek out Cambridge holiday rentals close to that to ensure a pretty morning view. For something a little wilder, you can leave the town and go north. That's where England's rolling Fenlands take over in a patchwork of farms and marshy wetlands.

How to get there

How to get to and around Cambridge

Fly into Cambridge (CBG), the closest airport, located 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into London (STN-Stansted), which is 22.6 mi (36.4 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Cambridge Station, Cambridge North Station and Shelford Station are the main stations in the city.

Family friendly

Family fun near Cambridge holiday homes

Kids will love the fun and educational attractions in Cambridge. Holiday homes are available near places like the University Museum of Zoology, an acclaimed museum with a range of exhibits on animal life and zoological specimens, and Jesus Green, a roomy park with an outdoor pool, tennis courts and a train-themed play area. Kids will also like Midsummer Common, a historic riverside meadow with grazing cattle used for fairs and events.

Good for couples

Couple's attractions near Cambridge holiday homes

If you’re looking for romance, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Cambridge. Holiday homes put you within reach of places like the Backs, a vast green parkland with a river and walking paths, and the Bridge of Sighs, a covered arch bridge named for the landmark Venice bridge. You could also visit Kettle’s Yard, a renowned contemporary art gallery in a stone family estate with masterpieces of the 20th century.

How many holiday rentals are available around Cambridge?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 289 holiday lettings around Cambridge. From 93 flats & apartments to 52 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Cambridge?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Cambridge. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Addenbrooke's Hospital: 460 holiday lettings
  • Anglia Ruskin University: 452 holiday lettings
  • Cambridge University Museum and Archaeology and Anthropology: 444 holiday lettings
  • Grand Arcade Shopping Centre: 442 holiday lettings
  • St. John's College: 445 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Cambridge listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Flats in Cambridge?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 93 Flats in Cambridge. Our other popular types of Cambridge holiday rentals include:

  • Cottages: 52 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 117 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 52 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Cambridge?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 2 holiday homes with pool available in Cambridge. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.