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Wander the old lanes of Cambridge, and you’ll be walking in the footsteps of scientists, philosophers and world leaders from across the centuries. The presence of the world-renowned university gives the whole city it’s tranquil, charmingly cerebral air, with students forever whirring by on bicycles laden with books. Of course, the architecture plays just as big a role in creating atmosphere, with the city’s dramatic, gothic structures making Cambridge one of the most picturesque places you could hope to explore. With traditional pubs and locally-run restaurants on every corner, and leafy green spaces to relax on, this is a place where you can go at your own pace and soak up centuries of history at your leisure.
Cambridge is the kind of place where, within moments of arriving, you’ll envy the locals for calling it home. But if you decide to opt for one of the many Cambridge holiday rentals, you can have the next best thing: a home away from home. Using ebookers, you can find the perfect pad, with some located just steps away from the bustling Market Square, where locals and visitors mingle. Cambridge holiday apartments offer pure relaxation and privacy, and a lot more space to play with than a standard hotel guestroom. It’s also quite a perk having your own kitchen, which will let you whip up your own meals instead of having to eat out 3 times a day.
Even people who’ve never been to Cambridge will probably know that punting on the River Cam is one of the top things to do in this old university town. You can sit back on the boat and let the handsome university colleges drift by as you make your way along the glassy river. Speaking of the university, King’s College is arguably the most iconic of the temples of learning here. Founded in 1441, it boasts a famous chapel which has the world’s largest fan-vaulted ceiling, as well as a spectacular artwork in the form of The Adoration of the Magi by Rubens. Meanwhile, the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is a mind-expanding journey through time – among its exhibits are artefacts from Captain Cook’s expeditions, and a stone tool almost 2 million years old. Art lovers will relish the Fitzwilliam Museum – stepping beyond the stately columns at the entrance, you’ll be able to see works by titans including Turner, Monet and Picasso.
Cambridge is an easy city to explore on foot, and bringing comfortable shoes is a must, because walking and taking photographs is a must-do when you’re here. Alternatively, you can always hop on a rented bicycle and go on leisurely rides along the various leafy cycle lanes, or jump on a bus if you need to get somewhere quickly. Hiring a car is recommended if you’re staying in your Cambridge holiday rental for a longer period, as you’ll be able to see other attractive parts of Cambridgeshire, like the bird-filled Wicken Fen Nature Reserve.