Cambridge needs no introduction as a university city, and there are plenty of stylish self-catering houses and apartments to meet all sizes from romantic boltholes to large group accommodation for friends or returning alumni. Situated on the River Cam, which is superb for boating, the city is only 50 miles from London. Visit in June and you’ll be in time for the Strawberry Fair music and arts festival, a colourful spectacle for kids and adults alike. Take a bike-tour around the city, visit the beautiful Kinds College Chapel, and round off the afternoon at The Eagle Pub – once there, be sure to check out the ceiling, where graffiti written by WWII pilots still remains. Alternatively, visit the Footlights Theatre to catch a glimpse of student productions. Take a stroll around the stylish shopping centre, and visit one-of-a-kind, eccentric boutiques like Quiver, which boasts a gorgeous selection of vintage clothes.

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Centuries ago, Cambridge gained status as an important trading centre while under Viking rule – however, it was not until 1951 that Cambridge became known as a city. Now, its buildings striking a balance between well-kept, traditional architecture and innovative, modern visions. The city is also home to one of the world’s top universities, leading to the ‘Cambridge Cluster’ (or mischievously-named ‘Silicon Fen’) – an area brimming with bio-tech businesses. To explore more, visit Cambridge Science Park – the oldest of its kind in the country.

For a picnic, relaxing stroll or a game of football with the kids, go to Parker’s Piece – owned by Trinity College in the 16th century. Alternatively, Kettle’s Yard is a house-turned-art-gallery, home to late art collector Jim Ede, including pieces by artists Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. As expected, Cambridge is also exploding with literary connections, having been mentioned by the likes of Chaucer, Austen, Dickens and Hardy in their works. The gorgeous university grounds are also open to the public, with areas like the botanical gardens – dating all the way back to 1831 – having free admission for children. The gardens were founded by Professor John Henslow, who taught a very special student – Charles Darwin.

Steeped in fascinating culture, Cambridge offers a wide range of activities for curious explorers, no matter their age.