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Why people love visiting arty Cambridge

Come and experience Cambridge and its museums, cathedral and monuments. Well known for its university setting, riverfront and gardens, this walkable city won't disappoint. If you need more space to accommodate a family holiday or a trip with friends, rental homes often come with separate dining areas and spacious living rooms.

Things to do

Sightseeing in and around Cambridge

Are you hoping to discover attractions to visit in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Cambridge a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Mill Road (1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Chilford Hall Vineyard (9.2 mi / 14.7 km)
  • National Stud (10.5 mi / 16.9 km)
  • Wyboston Lakes Golf Course (17.5 mi / 28.1 km)
  • Bedford Autodrome (25.3 mi / 40.6 km)
  • Gog Magog Golf Club (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
Natural features

Exploring the gardens and other natural features in Cambridge

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to take in the scenery, Cambridge is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • The Backs (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • The River Cam (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Parker's Piece (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • University Botanic Gardens (0.8 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve (10.4 mi / 16.7 km)
  • Ickworth House (22.8 mi / 36.6 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Cambridge

Fly into Cambridge (CBG), the closest airport, located 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to London (STN-Stansted), which is 22.6 mi (36.4 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Cambridge Station, Cambridge North Station and Shelford Station are the main stations that serve the city.

What are the top holiday rentals in or near Cambridge?

Whether you're looking for a cosy retreat for you and your special someone or somewhere roomy to fit friends and family, you'll find some top holiday rentals in and around Cambridge. Here are a couple to get your inspiration flowing:

  • Around 1 mile from the centre of Cambridge, it's hard to beat "Want To Be Able To Walk Anywhere Around The City Then This Quirky Central Fla". It has 1 bedroom and a host of amenities including heating and a dishwasher.
  • "3 Bedroom Jesus Green Townhouse With Parking" is another winner, offering 3 bedrooms, a dining table, off-street parking options and more. It's around 1 mile from Cambridge.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Cambridge holiday rental for you.

What are the top-rated holiday rentals for weekend getaways in or near Cambridge?

If you need to completely switch off for a night or two, you'll find plenty of fantastic weekend getaways in and around Cambridge. Enjoy some well-deserved downtime at one of these top options:

  • Book a couple of nights or longer at "Stunning 2 Bedroom Apartment With Parking In A Prime", around 1 mile to the east of Cambridge, and you've got yourself the ultimate weekend escape. You'll have nature spots like Cambridge University Botanic Garden and Raptor Foundation nearby and conveniences like a kitchen and an oven at your fingertips.
  • "City Centre Penthouse With Balcony 5 Mins Walk To Colleges And" is also perfect for a whirlwind holiday. Around 1 mile to the southeast of Cambridge, this holiday rental offers amenities such as an iron and ironing board and heating. Cambridge Lakes Golf Course and Coton Country Park should be on your sightseeing list if you stay here.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Cambridge?

Generally compact, inexpensive and well located, it's hard not to be impressed by a studio apartment. Make yourself comfortable in one of these options and experience the energy of Cambridge up close:

  • Throw your suitcase down at "Want To Be Able To Walk Anywhere Around The City Then This Quirky Central Fla". Amenities including a TV and cable/satellite TV services will make you feel at home here.
  • Alternatively, escape to "Stunning 2 Bedroom Apartment With Parking In A Prime", which offers conveniences such as off-street parking options and an iron and ironing board.

With the moolah you save on your studio apartment, you'll be able to explore even more of Cambridge. Cultural sights like Babylon Gallery and Wysing Arts Centre will help you better understand the character of this destination.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Cambridge?

Yes, you certainly can! Vrbo's short-term rentals in Cambridge are a refreshing alternative to your typical cookie-cutter hotel room. Offering many of the creature comforts of home, you'll be able to shift into holiday mode the instant you arrive. Try these fabulous rentals on for size:

  • Book a few nights at "One Bedroom Apartment, A Few Steps From The River Cam And Cambridge Old Town" in central Cambridge. Here, you'll enjoy easy access to popular attractions like Cambridgeshire Golf Club.
  • Also centrally located, "Sunny Apartment 10 Minutes Walk To Historic City" is another fantastic option. Looking for some sightseeing inspiration while you're in town? Raptor Foundation is a good place to start.

What's the best place to stay if you're looking to rent a house for a weekend in or near Cambridge?

If you're after somewhere to chill out as well as enjoy some sightseeing, Cambridge City Centre is a terrific option. It's around 0.1 miles to the northeast of Cambridge. Arbury is another delightful neighbourhood that has those weekend getaway vibes. Look up our holiday houses in this area, which is around 1 mile north of central Cambridge.

What are the best large group holiday rentals in or near Cambridge?

Holiday with others and multiply the fun. Whether you're organising an epic getaway with buddies or an overdue family reunion, you'll have your pick of large group holiday rentals in and around Cambridge:

  • A nice range of amenities including a garden and a kitchen make "6 Bedroom Accommodation In Stretham" a favourite with groups. This generous getaway has 6 bedrooms and sleeps up to 12 people. From the heart of Cambridge, it's around 10 miles away to the northeast.
  • Nothing's more important than being with the people you love, and "The Mayfair, Newmarket" is the ideal place to do that. Located around 8 miles to the east of Cambridge, as many as 12 guests can stay in this holiday rental which has 6 bedrooms. A garden and an oven are among the various amenities here.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Cambridge?

Nothing screams fun and frivolity like a pool does. Dust off your inflatable flamingo and check out these rental houses in or near Cambridge that come with this added bonus:

  • Pack your swimsuit and get away with your gang to "Renovated Cambs 4 Bed House. . Parking And Terrace. 20min Walk Into Town". There are plenty of other appealing amenities here, including coffee and tea making facilities and a dishwasher.
  • "Cambridge Premium Luxury 4 Bedroom Large House With Parking| 5 Mins To River Cam" is the kind of place you go to get away from the everyday and make the most of your surroundings, starting with its pool. A garden and a dishwasher are also on hand to make your visit a memorable one.

Unsure how to pack your suitcase for your Cambridge break? This appealing destination has an oceanic climate. During the summer months, you can expect average temperatures of between 55null and 70null. Check out our range of Cambridge holiday rentals by using the search bar at the top of the page. Simply adjust the filters to get more ideas about where to stay.

What are the best large family holiday rentals in or near Cambridge?

It's always more fun when you share those special memories with the ones you care about the most. Whether you're planning a family reunion or reuniting with good friends, we'll have a large holiday rental that's perfect for you. These are two of our best in and around Cambridge:

  • Get everyone under the same roof at "Meadow Cottage, 10 Minutes Drive To Cambridge Centre", which has 4 bedrooms sleeping up to 8 guests. This getaway is around 2 miles to the south of Cambridge and comes with amenities such as a dining table and books.
  • Another great option is "3 Bedroom House, Free Parking". This large rental is 2 miles east of Cambridge and features coffee and tea making facilities, free toiletries and more. With 3 bedrooms accommodating up to 7 people, you won't have to leave anyone off your guest list.

When you want to step outside your front door, there are plenty of family-friendly attractions nearby to keep everyone entertained. Bridge of Sighs, Mathematical Bridge and Cambridge Arts Picture House should be at the top of your itinerary.

What are the best large houses to rent with indoor pools in or near Cambridge?

Nothing says "deluxe getaway" like having a pool right inside your house. Pack your bikini and take a dip in the privacy of one of these roomy holiday homes in or near Cambridge:

  • Invite friends and family over for a paddle around at "4 Bedroom Accommodation In Near Ely". This home has space to spare, with 4 bedrooms comfortably sleeping 8 people. A swimming pool and a kitchen are other things your squad will love about this place.
  • Besides its fancy indoor pool, "4 Bedroom Accommodation In Wisbech" comes with a swimming pool and a kitchen. It has 4 bedrooms that can accommodate up to 8 people, so you can bring your entire gang along.

Use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find more impressive Cambridge holiday rental options for your next big getaway.

Are there one-bedroom holiday rentals in or near Cambridge?

Often situated in prime positions due to their smaller footprint, a one-bedroom rental is a great choice for one or two travellers. Here's a quick taste of Vrbo's range in or near Cambridge:

  • Take a peek at "Want To Be Able To Walk Anywhere Around The City Then This Quirky Central Fla", a fabulous centrally located one-bedroom holiday property. A kitchen and an oven are among its useful amenities.
  • Also within easy reach of all the excitement of Cambridge, "Stunning 2 Bedroom Apartment With Parking In A Prime" is another popular one-bedroom option. After a big day of exploring, return and enjoy amenities like a kitchen and an oven.

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