Immerse yourself in the history and beauty of Cambridge for the perfect minibreak in a Best Western hotel.

Take in the sights from a traditional punt on the River Cam or travel like a local and pedal your way past centuries-old colleges, libraries and chapels. There’s no shortage of ways to soak up the atmosphere in this world-renowned university town and no better way to bring over 800 years of history to life than with help of a guided tour.

Our unique Cambridgeshire hotels are a short distance from the bustling town centre and its cosy pubs, traditional tea rooms and international eateries. Whether you’re looking for independent cafés or Michelin star restaurants, it’s all here. Make sure you plan your getaway carefully so you don’t miss out.

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Things to do in Cambridge

Almost every corner of Cambridge has some tie to the university but it isn’t all lecture theatres and libraries. Take to the river or get closer to nature, the choice is yours.

  • Take a punt on the River Cam - The River Cam runs through the heart of Cambridge and past many of the local landmarks people travel from all over the country to see. Paddle yourself or join a chauffeured tour with views of Mathematics Bridge, King’s College Chapel and the Wren Library in the comfort of a traditional punt.
  • Explore Britain’s oldest nature reserve - Wicken Fen is the National Trust’s oldest nature reserve and home to one of the largest wetlands in the UK. Look out for rare bird species including bittern and hen harrier as you survey the wildflower meadows and vast reedbeds. Explore by foot, bicycle or boat.
  • Stroll through the Botanic Garden - Enjoy a slice of the great outdoors in the heart of the city at Cambridge University Botanic Garden. The unassuming entrance hides a lush woodland and 40 acres of colourful plant species with free guided tours on Sundays.

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Eating and drinking in Cambridge

From Michelin star restaurants to inviting intimate pubs, food and drink venues in Cambridge are incredibly varied and ready to serve up dining experiences to remember.

  • The Old Bicycle Shop - What was once Britain’s oldest bicycle shop is now one of Cambridge’s best contemporary restaurants. A favourite with vegetarians and vegans, the Regent Street eatery serves fresh, locally-sourced ingredients in a charming setting. Take your lunch or dinner in the sunlit courtyard or pop inside where antique handlebars and saddles decorate the walls.
  • The Garden Room at The Tamburlaine Hotel - You’ll struggle to find a more photogenic restaurant than The Garden Room at The Tamburlaine Hotel. The Instagram-ready interior is decorated in a colonial theme and filled with exotic plants and eye-catching light fixtures. The perfect spot for afternoon tea and a stone’s throw away from the railway station.
  • Midsummer House - The fanciest restaurant in Cambridge is the proud holder of two Michelin stars. Prices aren’t cheap but it’s not often you get the chance to dine on the banks of the River Cam with food prepared by a world-renowned chef. Visit in the daytime and try the lunch menu for a more wallet-friendly experience.

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Shopping in Cambridge

High street brands, week-long markets and independent boutiques, they’re all here. And if you’re worried about the Great British weather, there’s always the option to visit The Grafton, Lion Yard and many other indoor venues to shelter while you shop.

  • Green Street - For shopping with a view, you can’t go wrong with the cobbled and quaint Green Street. Browse one-of-a-kind shops selling jewellery and homewares or boutiques filled with a selection of the latest fashions. If you need to refuel between purchases, there are plenty of independent eateries and tea rooms too.
  • All Saints Craft Market - If you like the thought of buying arts and crafts from the people that made them, All Saints Craft Market is a must-visit. Set in a historic corner of Cambridge, the “we make what we sell” motto encourages buyers and sellers to discuss their goods and creates a warm and friendly atmosphere. Expect pottery, jewellery, paintings and more.
  • Grand Arcade - A traditional shopping arcade slap bang in the centre of town. Bordered by Corn Exchange Street and Lion Yard, the Grand Arcade is home to more than 60 stores and restaurants set out over three floors. Shop under natural sunlight without worrying about the weather making a turn for the worse.

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Culture and history in Cambridge

Discover the stories behind some of the country’s most beautiful architecture and stroll cobbled streets walked by some of the most well-known names in history.

  • The Fitzwilliam Museum - Possibly the most famous museum in Cambridge. The ornate building houses a collection of artefacts from Greece, Rome, Egypt and other ancient civilisations and a gallery filled with timeless paintings and drawings. A must for history fans.
  • Anglesey Abbey - A 12th century abbey set on 114 acres of parkland. Study tapestries from hundreds of years ago, exhibited next to some of the finest paintings and home furnishings. There’s even a Wildlife Discovery Area where the kids can watch birds and insects in their natural habitat.
  • Enjoy a university tour with a graduate - Take a peek inside some of the grandest and oldest buildings in the city with the guidance of a former student. Learn about the famous alumni of scientists, prime ministers and Nobel Prize winners who walked the halls at one of the world’s oldest universities.

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