Photo of Cambridgeshire

About Cambridgeshire

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.

If you do decide to stay in Cambridge, then there are plenty of activities that you ned to add to your list.

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:

Spend the morning strolling the 'Backs', the college gardens, to overhear the work of future poet laureates, before having a drink in a student pub and play 'spot the future prime minister'. Afterwards, laze away an afternoon in the bottom of a punt before a visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum - one of Britain's first public art museums. Lastly, you can't ignore the magnificent buildings - take a peek the inside of Kings College Chapel, the Round Church built by the Knights Templar and see as much of Trinity, Peterhouse and Christ Church colleges as you can.

Where To Stay

  • Cambridge is a dreamy city, full of gorgeous architecture and with a serene setting on the River Cam. You'll be sure to leave here in love with the place!
  • Ely is a quaint cathedral city, much like Cambridge, where you'll find plenty of half-timbered buildings set alongside the Great River Ouse. A lovely spot.
  • Peterborough is of much the same ilk - a cathedral city set on the banks of the River Nene. It's significantly larger than Ely, though still a very charming place to stay.

What Not to Miss

Even if you're not staying in Cambridge itself, the rest of the county still offers plenty of wonderful tourist attractions.

  • Ely 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 beautiful 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 of old 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 Cambridgeshire is where you'll find 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 plan to explore the whole area in more depth.

The best places to stay in Cambridgeshire

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.
  • 5 Chapel Street is an intimate 3-room B&B set in a pretty Georgian building. You'll find smart rooms, plenty of antiques dotted around and wonderful breakfasts served up each morning to set you up for the day.
  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro offers quirky accommodation right in the heart of the city. Come back after a day out sightseeing to tuck into French-style bistro food before enjoying a nightcap at the bar.
  • Located a few miles outside Cambridge, The White Hart is an utterly charming spot. The B&B offers comfortable rooms with plenty of wooden features as well as a great bar.

For Ely

  • The Old Hall is a magnificent spot; this Jacobean manor house boasts country-chic accommodation set amongst lovely gardens. A brilliant retreat.
  • 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.

In rural Cambridgeshire

  • The Black Bull Inn, located in the small village of Balsham, offers four simple rooms in an award-winning gastropub. Ideal for a weekend retreat in the country.
  • Set outside the market town of Huntingdon, The Old Bridge masterfully blends old with new - whilst also featuring a restaurant, garden and family suites. A decent all-round stay.
  • The White Hart is a 17th century inn with 12 unique rooms situated between Peterborough and Stamford. Enjoy their classic British cuisine from the restaurant and spend your days exploring the surrounding countryside.

For an apartment or cottage

  • If you'd prefer the flexibility of a self-catering option the browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • The summer months offer the best weather for visiting Cambridgeshire, with the average temperature climbing to 18°C in July and August.
  • However this is peak tourist season, so for a quieter and cheaper alternative consider coming in the shoulder-season months (May and October).
  • If you're coming from abroad then fly into Luton Airport before taking the train to your final destination.
  • If you'd like the autonomy of having a car then check out what's available with our partner, Rentalcars.

Still not sure?


Monthly Weather in Cambridgeshire

Best Hotels in Cambridgeshire

  • The White Hart, Cambridge Cambridge (Fulbourn) 10 rooms from £80

    Great walks  -  Go for a walk in the nearby Wandlebury Country Park and Nature Reserve.
    Sights nearby  -  Four miles from Cambridge city centre and all of its sights.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.

    Nestled in the picturesque village of Fulbourn a few miles outside Cambridge, The White Hart is a charming B&B. Featuring comfortable, spacious rooms and an atmospheric restaurant. The hotel's bar is the great place to unwind in the evening. See More

    Check Availability
  • The White Hart, Stamford Stamford (Cambridgeshire) 12 rooms from £85

    Sights nearby  -  There are many tourist attractions nearby including Burghley House and Peterborough Cathedral
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Full of character
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A charming 17th century inn with twelve uniquely designed rooms, some with a contemporary vibe, some more traditional, all with smart modern bathrooms. Classic British cuisine created with local produce, and a picturesque garden terrace for warmer days. Quaint and rustic; ideal for a country escape. See More

    Check Availability
  • The Crown and Punchbowl Horningsea, Cambridgeshire 9 rooms from £94

    Local exploring  -  Offering the best of both worlds with its pretty rural setting just 3 miles outside of Cambridge city centre
    Country Escape  -  With roaring fires, hearty cuisine, and lovely countryside for long walks — this is a charming rural stay
    Great walks  -  There is a walking path along the river from the centre of Cambridge right to the pub (ideal for building appetites)
    Sailing  -  For a classic Cambridge experience, go punting on the river

    A charming pub located in a quaint village just three miles outside Cambridge city centre. The nine rooms are individually styled but all have a modern feel with pale wood furniture, plush headboards, and neutral hues. The wood-panelled pub is more traditional and serves hearty cuisine & good ales. See More

    Check Availability
  • Hotel Felix Cambridge 52 rooms from £95

    Garden  -  Lovely sit out terrace, and 3 acres of garden
    Restaurant  -  Graffiti restaurant for fine dining
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide

    Charming conversion of a Victorian villa on the outskirts of Cambridge, with attractive garden and gourmet restaurant See More

    Check Availability
  • The Three Hills Cambridgeshire 6 rooms from £100

    Country Escape  -  A friendly pub in a pretty rural village with great local food, ideal for cosy country retreats
    Sights nearby  -  Nearby sights include Ely Cathedral, Cambridge American Cemetery, Audley End House and the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens
    Great walks  -  Embark on the picturesque Bartlow Hills Walk
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A quaint village pub with low ceilings, exposed beams and fireplaces, furnished in a homely style with sofas, armchairs and muted pastel tones. Cosy, pretty rooms feature charming floral fabrics. The pub serves locally sourced classic British food with a twist. A delightful rural stay. See More

    Check Availability
  • 5 Chapel Street Cambridge 3 rooms from £100

    Local exploring  -  A charming home with warm hosts who provide vintage bikes and endless nuggets of knowledge with which to explore the city.
    Sailing  -  Take a traditional punting trip down the River Cam.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 12 are welcomed
    Full of character
    ParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A delightful small B&B in a pretty Georgian house. Traditional rooms are beautifully styled with polished parquet floors, sash windows, crisp white linen and a choice selection of antique pieces. Home made breakfasts and tea are offered along with vintage bikes and a very warm welcome. See More

    Check Availability
  • The Royal Standard Ely 5 rooms from £100

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned to discover the museums, cultural sights, and antique stores of historic Ely
    Great walks  -  Take a leisurly stroll along the riverside path that runs beside the Great Ouse
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Ely's sights including Ely Cathedral and Oliver Cromwell's house
    Restaurant  -  Classic British pub fare served in the restaurant

    A historic pub in Ely which offers a characterful pub and cosy contemporary rooms. Each of the five rooms are individually styled. The building's original features remain but now there's modern art, plush headboards, & contemporary fixtures. The friendly pub serves pub classics and good local ales. See More

    Check Availability
  • Poets House Ely, Cambridgeshire 21 rooms from £119

    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.
    Air conditioningRestaurantViews

    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. See More

    Check Availability
  • The Old Bridge Cambridgeshire 24 rooms from £128

    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.
    Air conditioningRestaurantGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide

    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. See More

    Check Availability
  • The Old Hall Ely (Stuntney) 14 rooms from £130

    Local exploring  -  A great location to exlpore the historic city of Ely with its magnificent cathedral.
    Sights nearby  -  The magnificent Ely Cathedral is an absolute must-see.
    Restrictions on children  -  This is an adults only property
    GardenDisabled accessParkingNo pets

    Historic Jacobean manor house turned luxury B&B with views over the magnificent Ely Cathedral. A range of rooms from grand four-posters to single classics, all sumptuously decorated and filled with antiques & handcrafted furniture, plus beautiful mature gardens and terrace. See More

    Check Availability
  • The Varsity Hotel & Spa Cambridge 48 rooms from £135

    Cinema  -  Rooftop cinema in fine weather
    Views  -  Rooftop and river Cam views from many rooms (but not all!)
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantDisabled accessViews
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Good Hotel Guide

    Newish, central, contemporary hotel with plenty of light, great roof terrace and cinema, chic design details and a useful spa and gym. See More

    Check Availability
  • The Gonville Hotel Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) 84 rooms from £140

    City Style  -  A chic boutique hotel located in the heart of the city.
    Sailing  -  Laze on a punt on the River Cam.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Air conditioningRestaurantGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

    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. See More

    Check Availability
  • The Black Bull Inn Balsham, Cambridgeshire 5 rooms from £149

    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.
    Full of character
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyParking

    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. See More

    Check Availability
  • The Lodge Duxford Duxford, Cambridgeshire 17 rooms from £149

    Short break  -  Well located between Cambridge, Stansted Airport, and London making this a good choice for a quick getaway
    Business meetings  -  With trendy workspaces and meeting rooms, this is a hip hangout for work
    Restaurant  -  The restaurant serves British dishes with European influences while Graze Cafe serves casual bites and there are pizzas too
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the King's College Chapel and Anglesey Abbey in Cambridge
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyParking

    A hip boutique hotel in Duxford near Cambridge. Stylish rooms are set in the Main House, Loft, or Stables. Each is individually designed but expect modern art, block colours, modern bathrooms, & Roberts speakers. With several dining options & co-working spaces, this is a real Millennials' hangout. See More

    Check Availability
  • University Arms Cambridge 192 rooms from £156

    Local exploring  -  Conveniently located close to the centre, ideal for exploring museums, the parks and gardens, as well as the various colleges
    Great walks  -  Wander around the university grounds, with 31 colleges to choose from, there's plenty to explore
    Sights nearby  -  Discover the wonderful churches and chapels of Cambridge
    Spa  -  Aromatherapy Associates Treatment Rooms for Guests
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantDisabled accessNo pets

    An 18th-century property turned chic hotel, set in the heart of Cambridge. Elegant rooms and suites are quintessentially British; dressed in shades of Cambridge blue with fine wooden desks and plenty of books. A gourmet restaurant echoes the university college's dining halls. See More

    Check Availability
  • Clayton Hotel Cambridge 155 rooms from £159

    Short break  -  Cambridge is just a one and a half hour's journey from central London. Ideal for a quick weekend getaway
    Local exploring  -  Well located in the heart of the city making this an easy choice for a city break
    Sights nearby  -  Pay a visit to King's College Chapel and stroll around the University's Campus to admire the architecture
    Great walks  -  Take scenic strolls along the River Cam and get a real feel of the city
    Air conditioningRestaurantDisabled access

    A sleek hotel offering convenient access to Cambridge's attractions. Spacious rooms are minimalist and contemporary but there is a feel of the old-world in the wood-panelled headboards. With a gym, seasonal restaurant, and atmospheric bar — there is everything you need for a city break. See More

    Check Availability
  • Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Cambridge Cambridge 37 rooms from £175

    Sights nearby  -  Well located in Cambridge city centre for historic sights of Cambridge University.
    Cots available  -  All children under 2 years stay free of charge for children's cots/cribs.
    Restaurant  -  French-style bistro offering A La Carte or Prix Fixe menus
    Wedding license  -  Possible to book entire hotel for weddings.
    Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

    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. See More

    Check Availability
  • The Graduate, Cambridge Cambridge (Mill Lane) 148 rooms from £179

    Foodies  -  The restaurant boasts a lovely setting beside the river and serves exceptional modern British cuisine using very local produce
    Local exploring  -  Cambridge is small so almost anywhere is good but from here you are on the River Cam & have views of the Mathematical Bridge
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive gothic Kings College chapel and cross the Mathematical Bridge (or spot it from the hotel)
    Restaurant  -  The Garden House restaurant
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

    Occupying a riverside position, this is a characterful hotel with Varsity styling and a noteworthy restaurant. Rooms have Edwardian design as their inspiration but they feel fun & modern. The Garden House restaurant serves a memorable seasonal menu & there's a chic bar too. Ideal for city exploring. See More

    Check Availability