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In another county the charming, albeit tiny, city of Ely, with its Georgian terraces and medieval centre, complete with impressive cathedral, might easily become the main tourist hub. Or else the region's largest city, Peterborough, with its almost intact Norman cathedral, might qualify. But in Cambridgeshire it's Cambridge which takes the crown, with its twin lives of town and gown, all happening within splendid honey-coloured architecture. Indeed many of the best places to stay in Cambridgeshire can also be found here.
Cambridge definitely deserves to be a hub for visitors, but don't forget to look outwards across the spectacularly flat fens and see more of this charming and historic countryside.
Whether or not you're staying in Cambridge, there are a few things a visit to Cambridgeshire would be amiss without:
Ely and Peterborough are certainly worth a day trip at least, both for their cathedrals. Ely also has a quirky little museum housed in the old gaol, and the Waterside Antiques Centre, which is the largest antiques market in East Anglia. Plus Oliver Cromwell's House Museum - yes, this is where the warty dictator lived when he was the local tithe collector.
In addition to its famous cathedral, Peterborough also has an impressive Museum and Art Gallery complex, and it's the closest centre to Burghley House, with its impressive park and gardens laid down by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. Longthorpe Tower and Milton Hall, both famous buildings, are also nearby.
To go back further into Cambridgeshire's history, visit an exposed section old ancient Roman road, known as the Fen Causeway, or Flag Fen, the Bronze Age archaeological site.
Cambridgeshire is home to Duxford, where you'll find the Imperial War Museum's collection of aircraft, and more - this is also where they have the famous air shows! And T.S. Eliot's Little Gidding.
The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in Cambridgeshire are ideally located to make the most of this charming county, whether you simply want a short city break or if you plan to explore the whole area in more depth.
Exciting new addition to Ely's hotel scene. Townhouse hotel in the heart of the city opposite the cathedral close. Service is key with personal butler's to draw your bath, and a luxurious vibe throughout. Lively bar for evenings in.
Newish, central, contemporary hotel with plenty of light, great roof terrace and cinema, chic design details and a useful spa and gym.
Former country house of Lord Byron's sister which has been turned into a luxury hotel on the edge of Newmarket. Bedrooms are contemporary in style: hues of grey with enormous copper statement bathtubs. Great spot for a romantic escape or simply ideal if you're spending a day at the races.
Beautifully renovated university building. Rooms boast a range of architecturally quirky features and a number of unique suites. Library, French-stle bistro and bar available, offering a comfortable and relaxing stay in Cambridge city centre.