View over the River Camb in Cambridge

Places to stay in Cambridge

Welcome to Cambridge

Explore the historic university city of Cambridge.

Situated in the east of England, Cambridge is home to the prestigious University of Cambridge which dates back to 1209. The city is full of colleges to explore including the famous Trinity and university museums with exhibits on archaeology and anthropology, amongst others. 

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Things to do in Cambridge

Five free things to do in Cambridge

The Corpus Clock, Corpus Christi College

Unveiled to the public in 2008 by Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking, this large 24-carat gold-plated clock features an ugly-looking metal sculpture of an insect visually akin to a grasshopper or locust, known as the Chronophage - which devours time.

St Bene't's Church

St Bene't's is an Anglican church in the centre of Cambridge known for being the oldest standing building in Cambridge. Built sometime between 1000 and 1050, its placement in one of the most serene areas of the city makes it the perfect place to relax amid the hustle and bustle elsewhere.

King's College Chapel

As perhaps the symbol of Cambridge to locals and visitors alike, this stunning building is considered one of the best examples of late Perpendicular Gothic English architecture. Built by a succession of Kings of England between 1446 and 1515, it is still an active house of worship and a significant site for tourists.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Opened in 1846, the Cambridge University Botanic Garden grows and openly displays more than 8,000 different plant species in a massive 40 acres of landscaping. The winter garden, glasshouses and mature trees are sure to delight even the least green-fingered of visitors.

Fitzwilliam Museum

As one of the most popular free attractions in the city, the Fitzwilliam has over half a million artworks in its collection, making it one of the most impressive regional museums in Europe. It specialises in world history and art, from 2500BC to present day.

Stunning architecture and riverside wanderings in Cambridge

First and foremost known as perhaps the UK's top university town, Cambridge straddles the River Cam with stunning architecture that draws on a variety of influences tied to its history. With first settlements made in the area during the Bronze Age and Roman times, it would later fall under Viking rule before gaining its first town charters in the 12th century.

The University of Cambridge, founded in 1209, is usually ranked one of the top five universities in the world and is the proud owner of many of the city's most famous sights, including the Cavendish Laboratory, King's College Chapel and Cambridge University Library; the latter two buildings feature prominently in the skyline.

Girl on high ropes course

Aerial Extreme - Willen Lake

With loads of jumping, dropping, laughing and screaming obstacles - the biggest high rope adventure course in the south of England.

Cambridge Science Centre

Cambridge Science Centre

Kids will love learning about electricity, gravity and more at this exciting science centre with interactive exhibits. Follow in the footsteps of Hawking, Newton and Darwin!

Cycling

Cycling in Cambridge

The Cambridge area is a great place for cyclists and is one of the top cycling cities in Britain - an excellent opportunity to admire the city’s open spaces and beautiful architecture.

Grantchester

Grantchester

Stroll through the meadows and along the river to the little postcard village of Grantchester where the Orchard Tea Garden awaits you.

Mill Road

Mill Road

Just minutes from YHA Cambridge, this colourful stretch is one of the best streets in the UK for vintage shopping! Rest in an eclectic cafe or find your new favourite item of clothing.

Scudamores Punting

Scudamores Punting

See another side of Cambridge only seen from a punt. With a Punting tour you can get to see the beauty of the historic colleges from the water.