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  • In all cases, you will have a comfy bed, breakfast will be prepared for you, and suggestions will be given on local travel and tourist attractions. 
  • Types of accommodation vary from small independent local hotels to family-run guest houses, all of which provide an affordable and often more characterful alternative to staying in larger Cambridge hotels.

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Cambridge B&B Reviews

  • "This was the best B&B in so many ways...the best home cooking (and I was wheat free!). It is immaculately clean, with all the nice touches...."  Sharon M
  • "I loved my staying at Trinity Hall, very beautiful college and well situated. Hope to come again." Emna C
  • "Very helpful staff and a clean, comfortable room. Appreciated secure parking facility and good breakfast in impressive surroundings. Thank you helping to make our stay in Cambridge." Christine R

Cambridge Visitor information

Founded as a University in 1209, the Cambridge today has preserved much of its outstanding beauty and original character as a quiet place of thought.

Visit Cambridge and wander among its narrow medieval streets or “The Backs”, the outstanding series of college gardens and grounds that lead down to the river. Study architecture of every period and of almost every century, and inspect the University’s many important literary, artistic, and scientific treasures. Some ideas include ghost walks, MP3 guided walks, visiting the Fitzwilliam Museum and of course, no visit to Cambridge is complete without punting down the River Cam!

“Such a balance of garden and building, of shape and form, of peace, quiet and constantly changing scene is only achieved once in the world” (R Tibbs, 1972).

Things to do in Cambridge

Lets Go Punting - offering private and shared Punting tours in Cambridge.

Cambridge River Tours – guided punt tours of the stunning backs of the Cambridge University Colleges along the river Cam.

Scudamore's Punting - punting tour of the College backs, the perfect introduction to historic Cambridge and bookable online!

Getting to Cambridge

From London: the best options include train or bus. Trains leave every half an hour from London Kings Cross or London Liverpool Street. The approximate journey time is one hour.

Parking: Cambridge is generally not very car friendly, with pedestrianised zones and one-way systems. However, a number of colleges now offer on-site parking facilities and there are several car parks available within the city centre.

If travelling from an airport to Cambridge, the best options are either hiring a car or taking a coach:

History of Cambridge

Whilst Cambridge may have existed in Roman times, and grew into a Norman market town (the name of the town mutated from Grentabrige or Cantebrigge (Grantbridge), it is its University that has made it what it is today.

The University was formed 1209 when a group of Oxford scholars moved to the town to escape the violence prevalent in Oxford at the time. But even in these days the University was having problems of discipline (!). Students belonged to no particular body, were not responsible to any person and came and went in an irregular manner. By 1231, Cambridge students were apparently so unruly that Henry III issued a number of writs for the punishment of the disorderly.

It was a solution to these disciplinary problems, thought up by Hugh de Balsham, Bishop of Ely from 1257 to 1286 that was to sow the seeds of today's college system. He placed the scholars (now known as the "scholars of the Bishop of Ely") in two houses next to the Church of St Peter on the Trumpington Road. This became known as "The House of St Peter" and thus gradually the college system began to evolve, and Peterhouse, the first Cambridge college, was born.

In 1318 the University was baptised with a Papal Bull from Pope John XXII. Other colleges followed soon after: Trinity college (originally called Michaelhouse) was founded in 1324 by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the time, Hervey de Stanton, and Clare college, originally called University Hall, was next in 1326. Pembroke college was founded in 1347 by the wife of the Eearl of Pembroke and the following year, Edward Gonville founded a college of his own which came to be known as Gonville Hall: this was then refounded by Dr John Caius in 1557 to give us Gonville and Caius.

Most colleges were founded by wealthy individuals from the Church, Government or landowners. Corpus Christi, founded in 1352, is unusual in that it is the only college which sprang directly from members of the town. Christopher Marlow, Shakespeare's famous contemporary, was a student at the college and one can still see his rooms in the old court.

King's College founded in the fifteenth century: Henry VI intended it to form part of a double foundation with Eton and in doing this there is some evidence that he was repeating the plan of William of Wykeham, who had founded Winchester and New College, Oxford. Queens' was founded by Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry VI, and later, William IV's wife Elizabeth Woodville became a co-founder (thus Queens' rather than Queen's). This has not unnaturally be described as the first outward symbol of the reconciliation of the houses of York and Lancaster.

Now with 31 colleges, the University has gradually grown in size, stature and influence on the world: its graduates have reached among the highest levels in science, the Church, government and business.

Reviews For Cambridge

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Based On 21889 Reviews

Great room and good value, bathroom was clean, and the college provided a very welcoming and lovely environment. Definitely recommended for short term visits to Cambridge!

(Review Of Christ's College, Cambridge)

The only thing I didn’t like was the weak water pressure that made showering very difficult. Otherwise it was an excellent experience in a lovely environment!

(Review Of Downing College, Cambridge)

Great place to stay & so central, this is the third time we have stayed at this college and although our room was in a different part of the college to where we have previously stayed the accommodation was of the same high standard

(Review Of Christ's College, Cambridge)

the only problem was the wifi access - one of my mobile didn't prompt for input of username and password, so couldn't be used at all. My other mobile worked but had to disconnect and reconnect each time return to the accomondation

(Review Of Trinity Hall, Cambridge)

The kindness and professionalism of the porters were exceptional. The breakfast was also very nice, and the place is wonderful. In future visits to Cambridge I will strongly consider the college as a place to stay (if there are rooms available).

(Review Of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge)

I'd definitely stay again. The only very small thing I wasn't too happy about was that I'd have liked more than two teabags, more than two coffee sachets, and more than two cartons of milk in my room. But I really have no complaints. A very satisfied customer!

(Review Of St John's College, Cambridge)

historisches Ambiente, Zimmergröße ok, sauber, gutes WLAN, alles etwas veraltert aber funktioniert, freundliches Personal, wunderbare Gartenanlage; perfekte Lage

(Review Of St John's College, Cambridge)

Nice purpose built accommodation block, great bathroom, comfortable bed, clean common kitchen, friendly staff. Wifi did not work at first because of expired certificate but there was a way round it.

(Review Of St Edmund's College, Cambridge)

I would just like to say that we found the porters at Sidney Sussex College wonderfully welcoming and helpful, as were all the other College staff we encountered during out short stay.

(Review Of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge)
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