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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:

  • strolling the 'Backs', the college gardens, to overhear the work of future poet laureates;
  • having a drink in a student pub and play 'spot the future prime minister';
  • lazing away an afternoon in the bottom of a punt;
  • a visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum, one of Britain's first public art museums;
  • a peek the inside of Kings College Chapel;
  • and the Round Church built by the Knights Templar;
  • and seeing as much of Trinity, Peterhouse and Christ Church colleges as you can

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.

For visiting Cambridge

  • Hotel Felix was once a Victorian villa and is now a charming hotel with an attractive garden and gourmet restaurant on the outskirts of Cambridge.
  • The Varsity Hotel & Spa is very central and very new, with a design-y edge and its own spa, gym and cinema.

For rural Cambridgeshire

  • Paddocks House once belonged to Lord Byron's sister, and has been converted into a luxury hotel on the edge of Newmarket.
  • Poets House in Ely is an attractive townhouse hotel in the heart of the city, right opposite the cathedral. The decor is pretty 'bling' and the owners have tried to anticipate every luxury - including a bath butler.

Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Cambridgeshire, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice.

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  • The Gonville Hotel 84 rooms from $182

    Cambridge (Cambridgeshire)

    A recent refurbishment has spruced up this city centre hotel. Contemporary design throughout, the rooms are spacious with clean lines, feature mirrors, sleek furnishings and indulgent bathrooms. The fine-dining restaurant is exemplary and there's an elegant bar too.

    City Style  -  A chic boutique hotel located in the heart of the city.
    Sailing  -  Laze on a punt on the River Cam.
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  • The Tamburlaine 155 rooms from $281

    Cambridge

    A large and stylish contemporary hotel in the heart of the city. Sleek rooms are spacious and light, cleanly designed and boast wonderfully indulgent marble bathrooms. An elegant restaurant serves exemplary fine-dining dishes and has an excellent choice of wines. A smart city base.

    City Style  -  Created by the group O'Callaghan (known for stylish hotel's across Dublin) this venture into the UK market is no disappointment.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the nearby and beautiful Cambridge University Botanic Garden.
    Sailing  -  Take a relaxing punt along the River Cam.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Poets House 21 rooms from $155

    Ely, Cambridgeshire

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  A stone's throw from the famous cathedral
    Room service  -  Personal butlers at your beck and call
    Views  -  Great views of Ely Cathedral
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • The Abbots Elm 4 rooms from $111

    Nr Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

    A charming peach-coloured country pub set in a pretty village in Cambridgeshire. Cosy rooms are simply designed with white washed walls and crisp white linen set against beamed ceilings and pops of softly patterned fabrics. The award winning restaurant is the real drawing point.

    Foodies  -  Exemplary British pub fare served in an atmospheric restaurant.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through the picturesque countryside surrounding the village.
    Birdwatching  -  Spot numerous birds at Grafham Water reservoir.
    Full of character
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  • The Black Bull Inn 5 rooms from $194

    Balsham, Cambridgeshire

    A charming village pub in a pretty area of Cambridgeshire. Four simply dressed rooms feature parquet flooring, crisp white linen and contemporary light wooden furniture. The award winning restaurant serves exemplary gastro pub food using seasonal produce.

    Country Escape  -  A quintessentially British pub in a pretty village. Ideal for weekends of walks, open fires, ale and hearty fare.
    Great walks  -  Find picturesque walking trails starting straight from the property.
    Traditional
    Full of character
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  • The Old Bridge 24 rooms from $167

    Cambridgeshire

    A chic hotel located on the outskirts of the pretty market town of Huntingdon and within spitting distance of Cambridge. Traditional and contemporary styles merge well throughout with bold prints, antique furniture and the best rooms have free-standing baths. The perfect spot to explore the region.

    Local exploring  -  Well placed on the outskirts of a pretty market town with good access to the rest of the county.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll along the picturesque river that runs alongside the hotel.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Houghton Mill an impressive working 18th century watermill.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
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See all » 7 hotels in Cambridge

  • The Gonville Hotel 84 rooms from $182

    Cambridge (Cambridgeshire)

    A recent refurbishment has spruced up this city centre hotel. Contemporary design throughout, the rooms are spacious with clean lines, feature mirrors, sleek furnishings and indulgent bathrooms. The fine-dining restaurant is exemplary and there's an elegant bar too.

    City Style  -  A chic boutique hotel located in the heart of the city.
    Sailing  -  Laze on a punt on the River Cam.
    Check prices
  • The Tamburlaine 155 rooms from $281

    Cambridge

    A large and stylish contemporary hotel in the heart of the city. Sleek rooms are spacious and light, cleanly designed and boast wonderfully indulgent marble bathrooms. An elegant restaurant serves exemplary fine-dining dishes and has an excellent choice of wines. A smart city base.

    City Style  -  Created by the group O'Callaghan (known for stylish hotel's across Dublin) this venture into the UK market is no disappointment.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the nearby and beautiful Cambridge University Botanic Garden.
    Sailing  -  Take a relaxing punt along the River Cam.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Check prices

See all » Other hotels in Cambridgeshire

  • Poets House 21 rooms from $155

    Ely, Cambridgeshire

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  A stone's throw from the famous cathedral
    Room service  -  Personal butlers at your beck and call
    Views  -  Great views of Ely Cathedral
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Check prices
  • The Abbots Elm 4 rooms from $111

    Nr Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

    A charming peach-coloured country pub set in a pretty village in Cambridgeshire. Cosy rooms are simply designed with white washed walls and crisp white linen set against beamed ceilings and pops of softly patterned fabrics. The award winning restaurant is the real drawing point.

    Foodies  -  Exemplary British pub fare served in an atmospheric restaurant.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through the picturesque countryside surrounding the village.
    Birdwatching  -  Spot numerous birds at Grafham Water reservoir.
    Full of character
    Check prices
  • The Black Bull Inn 5 rooms from $194

    Balsham, Cambridgeshire

    A charming village pub in a pretty area of Cambridgeshire. Four simply dressed rooms feature parquet flooring, crisp white linen and contemporary light wooden furniture. The award winning restaurant serves exemplary gastro pub food using seasonal produce.

    Country Escape  -  A quintessentially British pub in a pretty village. Ideal for weekends of walks, open fires, ale and hearty fare.
    Great walks  -  Find picturesque walking trails starting straight from the property.
    Traditional
    Full of character
    Check prices
  • The Old Bridge 24 rooms from $167

    Cambridgeshire

    A chic hotel located on the outskirts of the pretty market town of Huntingdon and within spitting distance of Cambridge. Traditional and contemporary styles merge well throughout with bold prints, antique furniture and the best rooms have free-standing baths. The perfect spot to explore the region.

    Local exploring  -  Well placed on the outskirts of a pretty market town with good access to the rest of the county.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll along the picturesque river that runs alongside the hotel.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Houghton Mill an impressive working 18th century watermill.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
    Check prices