Cambridge is an utterly captivating city to spend time in with enthralling views and a wealth of historical locations and artefacts to explore. Cambridge is ideal for a short break or a longer stay, with holiday caravan hire providing comfortable and affordable, self-catering accommodation in the area.
Synonymous with academic excellence, the 31 colleges of Cambridge University are renowned worldwide. Although it is smaller than its rival Oxford, it retains a charm of its own; narrow cobbled streets with hundreds of bicycles, historical Tudor courtyards and towering Gothic chapels with many nooks and crannies to explore. Not forgetting the impressive Cam, where you can take a leisurely punt along the river or watch the most famous of boat races!
History of Cambridge
Students first began to arrive in Cambridge around 1209, when it is claimed the unruly scholars were evicted from Oxford University. The first college, Peterhouse, was established by The Bishop of Ely with a monastic feel in 1284 and Tudor aristocrats and royalty began enrolling in the mid-1400s. To this day Cambridge is recognized as a major science centre, with the nickname of the “Silicon Fen”.
Punting – Mill Lane
A must-do for any visitor to Cambridge is a trip on a punt on the River Cam. First commenced in Edwardian days, the punt boat is a tradition brought from the Fenland when it was used for sightseeing pleasure trips, travelling from Silver Street to the Magdalene Bridge. During the summer months the historic area of the Backs, which travels through the university buildings, can become rather busy with many punts on the river. Chauffeured trips are more common these days, but it’s more fun to pilot your own punt and push your own pole for a fun and relaxed trip.
This fantastic, daily market is a joy to behold with fruit and veg, souvenirs and crafts for the tourists; secondhand books, music and clothes for the students and a Farmer’s market held each Sunday.
These stunning gardens, affiliated to the university, were introduced to the city in 1831 by Charles Darwin’s botany professor. The attraction for visitors today is not only the scientific value but also the endless variety of plant species numbering over 8000 types. The water fountains and the greenhouses have great appeal to the many families who venture here when during the bustling summer season; it is very peaceful and relaxing to walk through these historic gardens.
Christ’s College, St Andrews Street
Charles Dickens and John Milton were both students at Christ’s, although neither were dedicated students while spending time here. They were known to have spent many an hour just loafing around, Milton in the Fellows’ Garden and Darwin collecting beetles. The Great Gate bears the coat of arms of Henry VII’s mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, who founded it in the 1440s. The fort-like walls and the old windows make it a prominent building in Cambridge City, worthy of a visit.
Holiday caravan hire direct from private owners
There are many leisure parks in and around Cambridge offering holiday caravan hire but you can often save a few pennies by booking directly with owners. As a leading, highly popular caravan portal, Rent My Caravan has hundreds of private owners advertising their holiday homes. This allows you to compare prices and facilities at the various leisure parks, so that you can make an informed choice before booking.