The city of Cambridge conjures up images of students, bicycles and punting on the river. But, the county of Cambridgeshire is much more than this. Cambridgeshire is a fascinating and entertaining holiday base. You can choose accommodation in or around the city or stay nearer to Wisbech which gives excellent access to the Norfolk coastline. Whichever area you choose, there is a wide variety of accommodation on offer with options of a hotel, self catering or a bed and breakfast.
In the East of the county is the famous racing town of Newmarket and Cambridge city is a must see with the breathtaking Kings College Chapel which was founded in 1441 by Henry V1. With its cobbled streets, green open spaces and the River Cam, this historic city also offers loads of bars and restaurants and is ideal for a holiday or long weekend break. Outside of the city there are award winning glamping sites with choices of yurts, domes and bell tents that have both luxury amenities and home comforts. There are many pet friendly hotels and other kinds of accommodation both in the city and the rest of Cambridgeshire.
As well as history and culture, Cambridgeshire has plenty of other attractions to discover and enjoy. Pay a visit in the summer and you can try a punt trip on the river. But, beware of punting ticket touts and make sure to go for a reputable company. There are no shortage of genuine punting companies offering either a group tour or you can choose to go privately and have a more personal experience.
If you are looking for luxury then try The Traditional Punting Company which has a fleet of wide mahogany punts with cosy cushions and blankets that allow you to enjoy your historical tour in complete comfort. Located in front of Magdalene College, shared punt tours run throughout the day, alternatively you can book a private tour and choose a specific time to start. A romantic chauffeured tour for two is also available with the option of a daytime or evening start time.
The Rutherford Punting Company is another reputable business that offers 45 minute tours with friendly and knowledgeable guides. Even in winter you can enjoy learning all about the history of the city as boats include cosy blankets and hot water bottles. You can also go for a private tour with the option of punting lessons, a romantic twosome tour with champagne or even try some sushi.
Away from the city there are lots of other attractions. St Neots is a beautiful market town located close to the River Great Ouse and lies about 15 miles to the west of Cambridge. After sightseeing around the town which has a charming cobbled market square and a 15th century parish church, why not stop at Betty Bumbles Vintage Tea Rooms. Travel back in time to the 1940's with classic music, a delightful atmosphere and a wide choice of teas. There is a comprehensive menu for breakfast and lunch as well as the option of afternoon tea with homemade cakes and scones.
If you are passionate about eating, the booming food scene in Cambridge is a must. Cambridge Food Tour offers food walking tours as well as masterclasses. You can choose from a wide variety of tours. These include the Taste Cambridge with street food, a deli and Spanish Tapas and the Craft Beer Tour Cambridge with two breweries, a beer shop and tasty pub food.
Cambridge has such a lot to offer whether you choose a trip in summer or winter. The Cambridge Science Centre is open all year round and is a great place to take children offering hands on experience in science and technology. During the year there is a variety of events including craft activities making DNA bracelets and learning about recycling for life.
Holidaying in Cambridgeshire in the summer is a fabulous experience. In the city there are a lot of independent cafes and bars with live music events, a Saturday market and a Shakespeare Festival. If you choose to go in the winter there is a traditional, friendly and cosy feel both in the city centre and in the enchanting market towns dotted around the county.
Cambridgeshire has something for everyone from the historic colleges in the city to the lush marshy fenland with open spaces ideal for walking or cycling. So, why not visit the home of Oliver Cromwell and one of the oldest settlements recorded in the history books. #uktravelandtourism #visitCambridgeshire