City Guide: Cambridge

The poet A. E. Housman described Cambridge around the turn of the 20th century as "An asylum, in every sense of the word." Though the university may overwhelm with its history and academic prowess, the city's winding medieval lanes, honey-stoned architecture and wide green spaces provide an idyllic refuge from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. You don't need to be a student to live out the dream. SUITCASE uncovers just how Cambridge engages the heart as well as the mind.

TO STAY

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The Varsity Hotel and Spa

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Founded by four Cambridge alumni, The Varsity Hotel & Spa sits at the centre of the city, near the River Cam by Magdalene Bridge. Its vibe lies somewhere between a private club and an airy loft. Each room nods to the university with antique furniture names such as The Graduates and The Fellows. Head to the upper storeys or the rooftop garden for stunning views over the romantic college cloisters.

Address

Thompsons Lane Cambridge CB5 8AQ

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Duke House

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Once the student home of the Duke of Gloucester, Duke House is an elegant B&B nestled alongside Christ’s Pieces in the historic heart of Cambridge. Its five en-suite rooms are havens after a day exploring the city – think goose-down bedding, embroidered linens and light, soothing colours. Breakfast features apple juice from the nearby Watergull Orchards and marmalade made by the owner’s mother-in-law all served among Shaker-style cupboards in front of an open fire.

Address

1 Victoria Street CB1 1JP