Apartment, Accommodation & Rooms in Cambridge, UK
The charming English city of Cambridge
is in a special corner of England and is steeped in history. It is home to the second oldest university in the United Kingdom
and its origins can be traced back to Roman times. It became an important centre for trading and the university sprung up around the prosperity. The University of Cambridge
consistently ranks amongst the top 5 universities in the world and many respected and famous people including Darwin and Hawking have studied at one of the 31 colleges. Today, Cambridge is something of a technology hub and many tech businesses are based in the city. Visitors to the city are rewarded with stunning architecture, cosy pubs, beautiful gardens and quaint tea rooms. Cambridge is a wonderful and intriguing place and we highly recommend you take a visit! There are lots of hotels and hostels in Cambridge, from high-end luxury hotels to student hostel accommodation. If you'd like to stay somewhere different, Wimdu offer apartments and bed and breakfasts in Cambridge that offer more comfort and better value than hotels and hostels!
Cambridge’s train station is located relatively far out of the city because the university didn’t want its students to have easy way to escape the city to London!
is Cambridge University’s oldest college – it was founded in 1284.
On the ceiling of The Eagle
pub there are the names of American air squadrons who were stationed in Cambridge during World War 2. The names have been scorched on using cigarette lighters.
One of the world’s most famous rock bands, Pink Floyd
, was formed in Cambridge.
Exploring the historic city of Cambridge
is best visited in the spring or summer as there are many lovely gardens around the grounds of Cambridge University. The landscaped areas along the banks of the River Cam
are particularly lovely to walk through, as is the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens
. Take a break from the bustle of the city centre and have a walk through these gardens, established by Charles Darwin’s teacher John Henslow.
Some of the UK’s best museums can be found in Cambridge. We recommend the Sedgwick Museum of Geology
which houses a large collection of geological specimens. It’s a great place for both adults and children to visit and you’ll leave with a good understanding of geological processes. It’s also free to enter! The Fitzwilliam Museum
is another of Cambridge’s finest museums. There are large collections of antiquities from ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt. There are also collections of paintings including work by Monet and Renoir – there’s truly something for everyone in this museum!
A trip to Cambridge wouldn’t be complete without seeing the city’s formidable university. Visit the King’s College Chapel
, one of the UK’s most famous religious buildings. The interior of the chapel is worth seeing by anyone with a passing interest in architecture and history. There are several exhibitions which document the chapel’s history since it was built in the 15th century. King’s College itself is also worth visiting and is open to visitors. Take a walk through the beautiful grounds and admire the stunning 15th century architecture commissioned by none other than Henry VIII. Trinity College
is another of Cambridge’s colleges that is steeped in history. Trinity is where the famous apple tree grew that prompted Sir Isaac Newton
to develop his theory of gravity! Trinity is one of the more quirkier colleges and there are some intriguing architectural designs worth taking a look at.
Cambridge off the beaten track
There are many ways to stray off the beaten track in Cambridge and of you turn down any one of the many backstreets of the city you’ll discover for yourself atmospheric pubs, antique bookshops and stunning architecture wherever you look. Finding a great Cambridge bed and breakfast along these lesser-known lanes can really enhance your stay. We particularly recommend the King’s Parade
district whose winding streets are home to many interesting shops and pubs. Your Accommodation here will also give you great access toKettle’s Yard House and Gallery
which is a small art gallery with a permanent collection of 20th century artwork. There are also several changing exhibitions and a busy programme of music and workshops. The galley is located in a picturesque Cambridge house just a short walk from the centre and admission is free. Cycle for 20 minutes along the banks of the River Cam and you’ll reach the Orchard Tea Garden
- an idyllic spot to enjoy an English a cup of tea and slice of cake. Deckchairs are set up amongst the apple trees and it’s the perfect place to relax!
Cambridge has good bus and train connections with London’s Kings Cross
and Liverpool Lime Street
stations and the journey between the two cities takes a little over an hour. As we mentioned, Cambridge’s train station is inconveniently located 2km away from the centre. It’s possible to walk into the city from the station and there are buses and taxis that will get you to where you want to go. Cambridge is a very flat city which makes it ideal to cycle around. We recommend you hire a bike and explore the many picturesque streets at your own pace. Alternatively, many of Wimdu's bed and breakfast and apartments in Cambridge also provide bikes as part of the rental fee. Be sure to check the description pages above if you want to take advantage of this added amenity. Last but by no means least, punting is a traditional pastime in Cambridge and whilst it’s not quite a practical form of transport it is great fun to have a leisurely ride up and down the River Cam in a flat punting boat.