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Cambridge - from Hotels to History There is Much to Enjoy

By Sean Nicholls Subscribe to RSS | July 27th 2012 | Views:

It is little wonder that Cambridge hotels are busy all through the year, with so much to see and do in this wonderful city. Many thousands of people visit the city every year, with many of them coming back time and again to explore parts they did not have to time to visit the first time, or to soak up yet more culture.

It is such a diverse city, that there is something from everyone, and often in the most surprising of places. This is certainly the case with The Eagle pub. A wonderful place to go and have a traditional fish and chips lunch, washed down by local ale, the history of the place is not immediately apparent.

However, a glance up to the ceiling soon changes that. Embellished above you is graffiti dating back to the Second World War. When you learn it was left by an aircrew shortly before heading out on a mission, it becomes eerily haunting. The Eagle was also where life began, of sorts. It was here that James D. Watson and Francis Crick, the discoverers of DNA, came on a regular basis.

Shopping too can suddenly turn into a cultural exercise, most certainly when taking in the boutiques and independent stores in upper-class Grand Arcade. Also along this fabulous stretch of the city is the wonderful Cambridge Central Library, where many great academics have broadened their minds.

One of the most famous sights of Cambridge is of course the River Cam, offering a wonderful vista along many of the walking routes Cambridge offers. Perhaps the best view of the river is to be had when standing on the Trinity Hall bridge, which also provides a great view to watch those punting their way along The Backs.

Punting along the river is an activity that many people put on their list of things to do in Cambridge. Hotels will often have leaflets giving details of punting tours and many other activities to do in the city. However, simply walking around the city is another great way to find out what is going on.

If you don’t want to walk, there are other ways for you to get around. An increasingly popular way to get round is on a bike, and there are many places where you can hire a bicycle and drop it off once you’ve had enough. Alternatively, you can jump on and off an open-air bus is a great way to take in all the major sights.

You will find that the bus route stops along many of the most popular sights that are certainly worth visiting. The Fitzwilliam Museum, just a short distance from the centre is a trove of artistic treasures, for example. Both Queen’s and King's College are wonderful to visit, with their fantastic array of buildings. If you are lucky, you may even be able to hear the choir practising.

These are just a mere scratch on the surface of things to do here, and with Cambridge hotels situated outside of the city centre too, there is even more to enjoy. Whether coming from abroad, or from the UK, a visit to this most cultural and captivating of English cities is always a joy.

Sean Nicholls - About Author:
Sean has a wealth of experience working in quality Cambridge hotels so he knows what makes the city worth visiting, and how to get the best out of your accommodation in Cambridge. See more at

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