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You're Going to Love Cambridge

Famous across the world for its university, Cambridge is more than just a hotbed of academic achievement. It's also a beautiful, fascinating tourist destination, with a romance all its own.

Tour the colleges of the university and walk in the footsteps of figures like Charles Darwin or Oliver Cromwell. Sit in the pews of King's College Chapel to hear the choir perform, before strolling along the Backs and stopping for a drink in the Granta. Or hire punts (long, narrow boats) and drift down to Grantchester to spend the evening in the beer gardens there.

With museums like the Fitzwilliam offering history and artistic masterpieces, and Michelin-starred restaurants like Midsummer House, Cambridge is a delight, and you'll be sure to fall for its charms.

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What to do in Cambridge

King's College Chapel
Fitzwilliam Museum
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Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial

When to Visit Cambridge

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If you want to see rowing boats skimming the Cam and the town's arts scene at its liveliest, visiting Cambridge during semester time is a must (October is a good time to go, as are April and May). Summer sees the best weather for punting, but also bigger tourist crowds in the major colleges and museums.

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Where to Stay in Cambridge

If you want a convenient city center hotel with luxury accommodation, the best option is definitely the Hilton DoubleTree, but the De Vere University Arms is also worth a look. Most of the other accommodation providers are slightly further out, including guesthouses like Chequer Cottage and Brooklands and the Hotel Felix. You can also book rooms in the colleges during semester breaks, which offer a unique vacation experience.

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Shopping Streets

If you want to shop for Cambridge University-branded souvenirs, there are plenty of stores in town selling hooded tops, caps, and other items. The best places in town for general shopping are probably John Lewis and Lion Yard in the town center, or the Grafton Centre, where you'll find chains like Next and Debenhams. There's also a lively market in Market Square that sells everything from leather goods to fruit and vegetables.

Groceries and Other

The center of Cambridge includes supermarkets like Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury's, which are good places to stock up on groceries, as is the large branch of Waitrose in Trumpington. Prices won't be too high, at around £3.50 for a gallon of milk and £2.50 for a sandwich and a drink.

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Where to Eat in Cambridge

Cambridge has plenty to offer food lovers. If cheese is your passion, don't miss the Cambridge Cheese Company. For gourmet meals, Alimentum and Midsummer House are Michelin-starred local highlights, while pubs like the Cambridge Brew House and the Eagle offer gastropub food and great beers. Indian food is another highlight, with a clutch of great restaurants including Navadhanya and Vedanta. Expect to pay £40 or more per head at gourmet restaurants, around £15 for a curry, and between £8 and £15 for pub lunches.