Cambridge is an unspoiled university town, with close-leaning colleges heading picturesque gardens that stretch out to flat green swathes of meadow. The city is deeply historic and yet manages to fit alongside cutting edge industries and modern architecture, making it one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. HAPPYCAR is here to help you find the best car hire Cambridge has to offer so you can take full advantage of this quiet city, with a direct car hire Stansted Airport is also available. We check the prices of international and local providers so that you don’t have to check each website to provide you with the best deals to make your money go further on a rental car that fits your specific needs.
Founded in the 12th century, Cambridge has long been a fascinating place for architecture buffs. From the beautiful King’s College Chapel to intricate Gothic architecture splayed out over the city, there is plenty to see and enjoy. Cambridge has sometimes been referred to as a university with a city around it and understandably so as its close collection of colleges and “backs” takes up much of the inner part of the city. Cambridge has the country’s highest concentration of internationally renowned art collections outside of London, and there are eight museums in the university alone, so there is always something for everybody.
With such an iconic collection of old college buildings populating the city, walking tours around the colleges are a must and a trip around the backs gives a great perspective. The University Library and the School of Pythagoras, along with Homerton College, St John’s College and Magdalene College are particular treats. The Botanic Garden, open since 1846, is a great way to spend an afternoon and the amount of relaxing things to do is very high. Punting is a quintessential Cambridge activity where you can drift effortlessly down the river with strawberries and champagne.
By far the biggest architectural spectacle in a city already crammed with beauty, King’s College Chapel is truly grandiose and awe-inspiring, an extraordinary example of Gothic architecture in England. Built over 70 years from 1441, the Chapel features stained glass from before the civil war, and also houses a Rubens masterpiece. Alongside the iconic colleges, another neat pocket of history can be found in the Round Church, Cambridge’s second oldest building (built in early 1200AD) and one of five surviving round churches in England.
Cambridge is replete with all manner of places to eat and drink and from romantic brasseries, Michelin-starred restaurants and storied pubs and vibrant city bars, eateries and quaint coffee shops. Use a car hire in Cambridge to take a day trip to Grantchester and enjoy scones and tea at The Orchard. With a long history of famous patrons such as Virginia Woolf and Bertrand Russell, taking tea in The Orchard is a well-established tradition.
The city is surrounded on all sides by heritage villages, towns and ancient monuments such as Ely, Peterborough and Grantchester, all within easy travelling distance with a Cambridge car hire. More than 3.5 million visitors come to Cambridge every year to savour the delights of the historic city itself, as well as using it as an ideal base for exploring some of the flattest, most unspoiled countryside in England. Cambridge is less than 1.5 hours north of London and only 60 miles away from Oxford. and centrally located for the rest of East Anglia, with direct links to places like Norwich. In the spirit of the city itself, a Cambridge car rental can help you explore this serene pocket of England at your own pace without the hassle of waiting in lines to buy tickets or cutting your vacation short because you have to catch the bus.