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Cambridge tours and excursions

Cambridge tours

Bus tours

Red, open-topped, double-decker bus tours from City Sightseeing include a hop-on, hop-off service at 20 stops all over the city. However, as much of the city centre is off limits to large vehicles, the bus cannot get close to many of the sights, therefore much reducing its appeal. Tickets for the tour are valid for 24 hours and can be purchased through the tourist office.

Tel: +44 1223 433 250.
Website: http://www.city-sightseeing.com

Boat tours

The most iconic way of seeing Cambridge is on a punt on the river Cam. Scudamore's offer chauffeured punting as well as self-hire, taking in sights such as the Mathematical Bridge at Queen's College and the Bridge of Sighs at St John's College. A guided tour is recommended and includes an entertaining commentary. Alternatively, Camboats offers river trips in an open-sided narrowboat.

Tel: +44 1223 359 750; +44 7706 734 763.
Website: http://www.scudamores.com; www.camboats.co.uk

Cambridge excursions

The Imperial War Museum

Located in Duxford, 8km (5 miles) south of Cambridge, this is not only Europe's premier aviation museum, but it also boasts one of the finest collections of tanks, military vehicles and naval exhibits in the UK. It was first used as an airfield in WWI and later played an important role in WWII as an RAF fighter station and American fighter base.

Tel: +44 1223 835 000.
Website: http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford

Riverside towns

Cambridge is within easy distance of a number of pretty riverside towns. Ely is steeped in history and is renowned for Ely Cathedral, with its unique Octagon Tower and the River Great Ouse. St Ives features a 15th century bridge and chapel over the river, while St Neots dates back 1,000 years and centres on a 12th-century market square.

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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.

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.