Unusual places to stay in Cambridge

Where you choose to stay can make or break your holiday. I have stayed in some brilliant and unique places, but have made mistakes too. Location is often the key for a successful stay. It all depends on what the focus of your trip is.

Of course, you could opt for a traditional stay in one of our fine hotels in Cambridge. If you like something different or prefer to live like a local, then these quirky places might be just what you are looking for.


5 Quirky places to stay in Cambridge



Just a stone throw away from the bustling heart of Cambridge in Great Shelford. These spacious posh tents ar sheltered by mature tree-lined borders, giving way to glorious rolling landscapes and patchwork farmland, speckled with spinneys and woodlands.




I can hear you think. What is Champing? It is the new way of camping, sleeping in churches! Many churches are empty so the trust has found a new purpose for them.The Church of St Cyrica and St Julitta in the small village of Swaffham Prior has known for its fantastic acoustics. A short walk away, the Red Lion offers good food and drink within a friendly 17th-century pub with oak beams, low ceilings, tiled floors and open fireplaces.





Ever dreamt to step into the food steps of Harry Potter? Then this is your chance! Choose from 20 different college residences; enjoy a stay in the historic splendour of Christ’s college, once frequented by Charles Darwin, or perhaps a visit to Sidney Sussex College, with its beautiful cloisters and where you can take breakfast in the magnificent rococo dining hall. Whichever college you choose, you will be sure to receive an insight into college life. Rooms tend to become available during the holidays at Easter, during the summer and over Christmas, although some colleges have availability year round.


cambridge food tour orchard street

Our favourite street

Orchard street is one of our favourite streets in Cambridge. Most visitors and even locals never get to visit it though as it is tucked away just off Christ Piece. This quiet street is lined with pretty houses draped by scented roses in the summer. Right slap bang in the city centre. What else do you want?




If you really want to be part of the scene in Cambridge, then you need to hit the water too. The river Cam is one of the main attractions in Cambridge. So what better than to be part of the river and stay on a narrowboat? Set off from the marina in March close to Ely, you can explore the Cambridge network and visit historic places such as Ely and Cambridge. Take quiet routes to Bedford, Cambridge, Northampton and beyond. Cambridge University, Ely Cathedral and Ferry Meadows Park are popular destinations.



Gerla de Boer

Gerla de Boer is the founder of the award-winning Cambridge Food Tour in Cambridge, UK. She is a globetrotter foodie and always keen to get under the skin of a city or country she visits. She likes to get off the beaten track to get to know the latest food, fine local produce, visit their local markets and check out the hot places to eat in town. These experiences she takes back to Cambridge to create amazing food tours and events. Connect with Gerla on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram