Located 60 miles northeast of London, Cambridge is arguably one of England's prettiest cities. Whilst it may not be blessed with the same plethora of spires as its most famous rival, Oxford, it teems with gorgeous medieval buildings, wonderfully atmospheric pubs, and world-class museums. Moreover, Cambridge's globally famous university (the third oldest in the world) ensures that a tangible air of academia rests over the city like a warm blanket. The presence of the ever-pleasant - and always 'puntable' - River Cam meandering through the city completes Cambridge's allure of genteel English grandeur perfectly.
Late spring and autumn are often the best times to take Cambridge holidays as temperatures are normally quite manageable at these times and tourist crowds remain relatively thin on the ground. Getting to Cambridge is straightforward as the city is served by good rail, road and air connections to the rest of the UK. Cambridge is a very compact city so walking - or cycling - is far and away the best way to explore it. Visitors who want to drive to Cambridge are advised to leave their cars on the outskirts of the city and take advantage of the plentiful Park and Ride services.
Exploring the façades, courtyards and grounds of the university is the undoubted highlight of most visits to Cambridge. Many of the colleges allow visitors to come in and look round at certain times of the day: daily access times are normally displayed on boards outside the main entrances. The world-renowned Fitzwilliam Museum, and the equally enthralling Ruskin Gallery are arguably the biggest draws away from the colleges. A visit to one of the city's ever-welcoming pubs (14th century pub 'The Eagle' is a must) and/or watching a live band or comedy act at the Corn Exchange is a great way to round off a hard day's sightseeing.