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Things to do in Cambridge

Cast your rod into local rivers

Cambridge's nearby fenland rivers are a mecca for anglers. With 322km (200 miles) of waterways and a number of purpose-built lakes, fishing can be enjoyed year round; try and hook roach, bream, rudd, pike and zander. Go Fish have info on the best sites (www.go-fish.co.uk/cambridgeshire.html).

Discover Cambridgeshire’s famous countryside on foot

There are endless walking and cycling trails around Cambridgeshire, with the land gratifyingly flat for the hiking beginner. You can get a map of the cycle routes in Cambridge and the surrounding villages from the all knowing ones at the Tourist Information Centre (+44 0871 226 8006, www.visitcambridge.org).

Go for a punt

Punting is an essential part of any Cambridge visit, and Scudamore's (tel: +44 (0) 1223 359750; www.scudamores.com) will let you either take a boat out yourself, or hire one with a chauffeur. They're renowned for the aesthetic quality of their chauffeurs, so sit back and enjoy all the views.

Sink some ales at the famous Flying Pig pub

It takes a pub of some standing to attract nearly 5,000 signatures for a petition against its closing, but The Flying Pig (www.facebook.com/FlyingPigCambridge/) is a true Cambridge institution. Its clientele is more bearded biker than red-cheeked student, and you'll find a righteous selection of ales to keep you entertained if the vintage 60s theatre posters aren't doing it for you.

Soak up the ambience at the university colleges

Most of the 31 colleges that compose Cambridge's world famous university are open to visitors. Among the most well known is Trinity (tel: +44 (0) 1223 338 400) which was opened back in 1546 by that well-fed doyen of education, Henry VIII.

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Lensfield Hotel

A family-run hotel that offers personal service and a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, the classically decorated Lensfield is housed in a building dating back to around 1850, located in the heart of Cambridge. It offers a dining room and conservatory for breakfasts, a new boutique wellness spa and a small, intimate bar.

Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge

This luxury modern hotel enjoys a perfect location on the banks of the River Cam. It has air-conditioned rooms, a heated indoor pool and a fitness centre/health club including sauna, steam room and solarium. The excellent Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill overlooks the gardens and the river.

Regency House

This smart and sophisticated B&B is centrally located in a Victorian townhouse. There are 10 rooms split over four levels, all offering a flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi access and tea and coffee making facilities. The rooms have been decorated in light neutral colours and have beautiful oak furniture with most rooms having a park view.

Cambridge Belfry

This modern hotel is 11km (7 miles) west of Cambridge and is a reasonably priced out-of-city option, with 120 spacious bedrooms, plus tennis courts, an indoor pool and award-winning dining. Following a £150,000 refurb, it now has a new-look restaurant, bar and health club.

The Varsity

Famous for its spectacular roof terrace and the views from its light-flooded rooms, this unapologetically modern hotel occupies a riverside location in the heart of the city. Its partnership with the Elemis Spa ensures a luxurious experience for all guests.

Tudor Cottage

This cute little guesthouse has racked up the awards over the years, thanks to its warm service, luxurious rooms and scrumptious breakfasts. All rooms have Wi-Fi, TVs, deliciously comfortable beds and tea making facilities, but it's the welcoming owners that set this place apart.