Take a punt on a trip to scholarly Cambridge

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I am moving to Cambridge for a new job in September and am going over before then with my dad to find a place to live. Other than for my interview, I have never spent any time there and don’t know much about the city. Could you recommend some of the best things for me to see and do to get to know the area? It would be great if you could also recommend some places to stay while we house-hunt!

I am moving to Cambridge for a new job in September and am going over before then with my dad to find a place to live. Other than for my interview, I have never spent any time there and don’t know much about the city. Could you recommend some of the best things for me to see and do to get to know the area? It would be great if you could also recommend some places to stay while we house-hunt!

Cambridge is a beautiful city with a wealth of history and culture to offer. Beginning a new job in a new city can be daunting, however Cambridge is a wonderful choice.

Cambridge is renowned for its long history of culture and literature. To really get to know the city, taking a walking or bus tour can be the ideal choice. Leaving the directions to an experienced guide will leave you free to take in your surroundings and absorb the enchanting atmosphere of the city. There are numerous parks and open spaces dotted throughout the city which are prime locations to grab lunch and mingle with the locals. Fitzbillies Café, on Trumpington Street, is famous for its sticky Chelsea buns and is an ideal stop whether you decide to eat in or take away.

Cambridge has such a wide variety of attractions and activities but the city is perhaps best known for its university. The grounds of Cambridge University are an ideal place to spend an afternoon and will give you a sense of life in the city.

With an abundance of breathtaking churches and chapels throughout the city, Cambridge offers a wide range of things to do for the history buff. King’s College Chapel is a leading example of English craftsmanship and is part of one of the oldest colleges in Cambridge. The stained glass windows within the chapel are spectacular and the detail within them is remarkable.

If you like visiting museums, there are plenty to choose from including the Fitzwilliam Museum which houses over half a million pieces of art from 2500 BC to modern day. The building the museum is situated in also makes it a must see as it is one of the most iconic in the city. Byard Art Gallery is another much-loved attraction. Located across from King’s College Chapel, the gallery is home to a multitude of contemporary paintings, prints, photography and much more.

Don’t forget to check out the guided punting tours of the river Cam, which passes behind Cambridge University. Or if you’re feeling brave, you can take the pole yourself.

If you have access to a car, taking a trip outside of the city is a great way to spend a day and will give you a brilliant all-round sense of Cambridgeshire. The diverse range of scenery will leave you in awe of the county and the small towns and villages nestled throughout the area will leave you enthralled in the laid back lifestyle and reassure you in your choice to move to the region.

After a long day of sightseeing, Cambridge is full of mouth-watering dinner options which draw from a diverse range of cuisines. The River Bar Steakhouse & Grill overlooking Magdalene College is a great spot and is 19th century warehouse surroundings offer a unique dining experience.

The newly established Olive Grove, offers traditional Greek food with a contemporary twist and is one of the city’ gems. For a more authentic Cambridgeshire experience, The Eagle on Bene’t Street is a traditional English pub with a delicious menu and a number of local brews on tap for you to sample.

Where to Stay

Double Tree by Hilton (****)

Prices start from €128 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

This beautiful Cambridge hotel is located on the banks of the River Cam near the centre of the city. The hotel features a health club, a steam room and a sauna. An indoor pool is also included for guests to enjoy. Rooms feature 26-inch flat screen TVs and wireless internet access (surcharge). Laptop-compatible safes and desks are also included. All rooms and suites are fully air-conditioned.

Cambridge City Hotel (****)

Prices start from €104 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Ideally located in the centre of the city, Cambridge City Hotel is within walking distance of many of the areas attractions and amenities including Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences and King’s College. The hotel includes a sauna and fitness centre for guest enjoyment as well as a restaurant and bar/lounge area. Rooms are all air-conditioned and include minibars and safes. Rooms are also equipped with televisions with satellite channels and pay movies. Additional amenities available on request include bathrobes and wake-up calls.

De Vere University Arms Hotel (****)

Prices start from €97 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Situated in Cambridge city centre, this Edwardian hotel is nearby St. Catherine’s College and Parker’s Piece. The hotel offers an on-site restaurant and a bar/lounge. Guest parking is also available. Air-conditioned guest rooms include safes and complimentary newspapers. Rooms are also equipped with cable televisions. Complimentary wireless internet access is also available throughout.

Royal Cambridge Hotel (***)

Prices start from €83 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The Royal Cambridge Hotel is located close to the Fitzwilliam Museum, St. Catharine’s College and many more of the city’s sights and amenities. The hotel includes a restaurant and bar/lounge and complimentary internet access in all public areas and guest rooms. Rooms are fitted with satellite TV, hair dryers and courtesy toiletries.

For more information and travel tips on planning your holiday visit www.hotels.com or call 1800 55 3338 to wake up happy on your holiday!