The sheer popularity of Cambridge as a global tourist destination means that there is a wealth of holiday accommodation on offer. Long weekends, short breaks and visits of 1 month or more can be catered for in this charming city. The summer season is very busy here, so it pays to book early if possible. Having said that, Cambridge is a year-round destination for families and couples, thanks to its historical importance and the numerous attractive sights.
Self-catering accommodation in Cambridge includes pretty houses and cottages close to the River Cam, which is a perfect area for relaxing with the children, or going punting. Further into the centre of Cambridge you’ll find plenty of attractive apartments close to the popular shopping areas, and some of these will even offer views across the city.
Short term rentals for families
Family self-catering accommodation in central Cambridge mainly consists of apartments and houses for rent. The success of the Cambridge Park and Ride scheme means, that, unlike many other cities, central Cambridge benefits from being a largely traffic-free area, although some rental properties do provide secure off-street parking.
The area near Parker’s Piece is particularly suitable for visiting families. This is a large green in the middle of Cambridge, with rental properties nearby that offer lovely views of the open space. You’ll be able to step outside your short term let and picnic on the green.
A short distance away from the centre, you’ll find farmhouses and traditional cottages for short term rental, providing a little more space to relax and rest with the children. Some properties also offer the benefit of a garden area, along with outdoor furniture and a barbecue to make it a real home-from-home.
Short term rentals on a budget
Lots of affordable small flats and studio apartments in Cambridge make it a good destination for those on a limited budget. These would be an excellent option if you’re looking forward to a comfortable stay of around 1 week.
The area close to the railway station offers a range of holiday rentals, from flats within substantial houses to dedicated apartment blocks, some with a small balcony. Proximity to the rail network if you’re based here, will mean that you can travel further afield with ease, and see some of the sights away from the town.
Luxury short term rentals
Penthouse apartments with rooftop views over the city and its green spaces definitely fall into the category of luxury holiday accommodation. A great choice of chic, modern apartments or traditional and spacious Victorian flats means that visitors wanting a little luxury can also enjoy the freedoms offered by self-catering, a particular advantage if you’re looking to entertain guests.
Apartments with views of the River Cam are particularly sought after in Cambridge. Many are furnished to a high standard and come equipped with satellite television and internet access. A small selection of properties also benefit from luxury leisure amenities like swimming pools and hot tubs.
Short term rentals for business
Cambridge has become known for its technology and science business parks, and welcomes many business visitors throughout the year. If you are coming here on business and need to find a small studio or 1-bedroom apartment to rent for a short stay, you’ll find many available in small apartment blocks within walking distance of the city.
For those with a need to stay longer, a nice bolt-hole in Cambridge won’t be difficult to find, and it doesn’t need to be expensive. On a per-night basis, it will be cheaper to rent a small studio apartment or flat for a longer stay, than to base yourself out of town and have the cost and inconvenience of travelling in and out of the city every day.