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Cambridge & a travel guide

Cambridge for me, was a place that I had always wanted to travel to but it wasn’t on the top of my travel list. I knew that Cambridge was supposed to be a very lovely place to visit and it was very known for its amount of colleges and universities. We didn’t really plan to travel there, until we (I say we, it was mainly me let’s be real here) started looking at some of the cute instagrammable cafes and cool quirky shops in Cambridge, then understood why we HAD to go there. We managed to find a hotel right in the centre of Cambridge and we booked to stay there for the whole weekend. It was about an hour and 10 minutes drive from our home, which is in Kent. Before travelling up and also while we were there we found alot of cool places online that we wanted to go to, it seemed like Cambridge had alot to offer.

H O T E L

We stayed in the Tamburlaine hotel which was absolutely stunning and by far the best hotel that I have ever stayed in. From the first minute I walked in, I had Great Gatsby vibes everything was so grande and well looked after. The hotel was full, top to bottom of great big book shelves (every book was real) that gave it a really cosy vibe. Every corner you turned there was a different style of chair, from velvet chairs to hard leather chairs. One of my favourite things about this hotel was the marble flooring, it was so sophisticated and sleek, I loved it! They also had a bar downstairs which was really convenient and this was gorgeously designed.  From their marble flooring to their giant book shelves, I enjoyed every part of the hotel. The hotel was so aesthetically pleasing and their interior designs were unreal. This hotel would be any instagrammers dream! You really can tell that it is such a well looked after hotel.

The only thing I would say that I found quite frustrating is that the hotel doesn’t offer parking, which was such a pain! This is the first time I have stayed in a hotel without parking and I wont be doing it again. It is so stressful trying to find somewhere to park. We did manage to park in the Station Car park which we had to pay additional charges for parking there.

 O U R  R O O M

Our room was absolutely beautiful. It had high ceilings with windows all along one wall which gave me London vibes. The window had long thick navy curtains which did the best job at keeping the sun light out. It had a beautiful coat of navy paint with gorgeous dark oak interiors. The bed.. well, let me tell you the bed was most definitely a queen sized. You could lay down horizontally with your arms and legs out and you wouldn’t be hanging off the bed! MOST DEFINITELY the best, most comfy bed, I have EVER slept in. The bathroom was ridiculously stunning, with a walk in shower, glass marble white tiles and everything was so clean and sleek. Loved it. The hotel and even our room felt very luxurious which made it feel like a proper well deserved break.

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Sipping my tea, of course

N E A R  B Y

One thing I really loved about this hotel was that around the corner (I am not exaggerating, literally if you walk out of the door, turn left and walk around the corner) there were a good selection of food shops and coffee shops. You had a cafe Nero, Sainsburys, Wasabi, Pret, a cute little independent coffee shop. The station was in the same area which is so good if you are travelling by train, or even want to travel out of Cambridge. I loved the area around the hotel because it was so helpful having those shops there. In the mornings we would get a cheeky coffee from Pret or lunch from Wasabi.

T O W N  O F  C A M B R I D G E

The town of Cambridge is honestly so beautiful and I can see why it is such a popular place. One thing I noticed instantly, was the amount of people riding bikes. They even have their own bike lanes! it’s so lovely to see this because in my area, literally no one rides bikes. There were a lot of old historic buildings and I think Cambridge has around 31 universities or something crazy like that. Some of the houses were so lovely and definitely a place I would love to live in. There are so many places to shop, even some of my faves such as Lush and H&M and of course, a Primark.  There was a couple of  shopping centres (that we actually got lost in) so they were bloody massive! There is such a good variety of places to eat and drink, just for lunch or for dinner reservations.

Everyone seemed really lovely and well mannered, really friendly and so happy to chat. It was a very busy town (especially because we went on the weekend) there is so much to do and so much to see. We fancied going out clubbing on one of the nights, but we literally could not find any clubs near by. After talking to a couple of people we discovered that apparently the Wetherspoons in the town was the place to be of an evening. In normal Weatherpsoons they don’t turn into nightclubs right??, well this one did..it turned into a nightclub?! I thought this was crazy

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Punting

Punting on the river was something we knew that we wanted to do. We wanted to learn a little bit more about Cambridge and see some cool sites. We lay down in this boat and had a blanket and just went along the river, in a big circle. We had a tour guy and they explained everything about the area as we went past it. You see the universities and some of the well known bridges such as the Bridge of Sighs and the Mathematical Bridge. The punting tour lasts around 40 minutes – by the end, my bum was numb!

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As you can see, super relaxing!

Fudge Kitchen

On our last day we popped into the other side of the town that we hadn’t yet explored and we came across the Fudge Kitchen. My brother did mention this shop to me and told me I had to go there. The shop was so cool. Even when you walk in, you see them making fudge on a massive table. You watch the fudge being made, which I thought was very satisfying and then you can eat it. They have alot of fudge flavours, so they do let you stand there and try any fudge that you want to. Some flavours included, peanut butter, raspberry sorbet, chocolate fudge brownie, tiramisu. The fudge was such amazing quality fudge, it was soo yummy! we got four pieces to bring back home with us.

Ok,

So now you have seen my journey,

Let’s find some places you NEED to go to..

(some places we really wanted to travel to, heard amazing things about but didn’t get time to go)

Y O U  M U S T  G O  T O..


Cambridge Botanic Garden-  £6 for adult entry, FREE for Cambridge students and children under 16.

Basically like a massive garden where you can go around and look at how pretty it is and see all of the lovely flowers and plants.

The Fitzwilliam Museum – FREE

“Showcasting amazing works of art, masterpiece paintings and historical artefacts” 

They have quite a lot of events that go on there. If you are really into art and museums, this is perfect for you.

Punting Tours – £15 adult, £13 for students (it depends what tour guide you go with)

A guide around the beautiful town of Cambridge, seeing some of the famous universities. Learn some amazing facts along the way and its super romantic for you and a partner.

Fudge Kitchen – ££ varies on the gram of fudge you get.

They have lots of these all over the country, but if you have never been to one I would recommend going if you are in Cambridge. Such a fun place to go and try lots of different flavours.

Polar Museum – FREE

“The Polar Museum: Discover the extraordinary stories of Earth’s coldest, driest, windiest, highest and deadliest places, from heroes to modern climate science.”

This sort of thing I find so interesting and really worth going to if this is your kind of thing.

Check out the universities / colleges – FREE

So many different universities / colleges through Cambridge, all really worth going to. They look incredible, literally something from Harry Potter. Trinity College, King’s Chapel College, Christ’s College, St john’s colleges SO MANY!

Hire a bike to ride – ££ range depending on brand and what bike

You can hire a bike to ride around the town which is the cutest thing!


Have you been to Cambridge before? are you from Cambridge? let me know!!

Sophia xo 

12 Comments

  1. March 12, 2019 / 8:28 pm

    Omg, the more I read, the more I wanted to go! You had me at Gatsby vibes, books and cosy bed, then you went and mentioned Fudge Kitchen…😍 Trip is sorely needed!

    Rhianna x
    http://www.tsundokugirl.com

    • Sophiaaaxo
      Author
      March 13, 2019 / 7:26 pm

      Haha! I love that! you need to go, it is incredible! The hotel was soo fancyyy! oh the Fudge Kitchen was a brill way to end our trip! x

  2. March 12, 2019 / 8:35 pm

    Wow Cambridge looks amazing! I’ve never actually been before but have always wanted to go! All the places you went to looked amazing especially when you went punting, I’ve always wanted to do that! You photos are also amazing! X

  3. March 12, 2019 / 10:44 pm

    Cambridge sounds absolutely lovely. Your photos are great too, so beautiful. I love that you included the list at the end and all of the prices. So helpful for anyone who wants to travel on a budget x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Sophiaaaxo
      Author
      March 13, 2019 / 7:27 pm

      We had the best time, the pictures speak for themselves. Such a beautiful place that is easy to photograph. Thank you so much. I really wanted to include a little travel guide at the end for anyone to read if in Cambridge or wanting to go! x

  4. Jenny in Neverland
    March 13, 2019 / 10:33 am

    We always drive through Cambridge to get to my boyfriends parents house in Lincolnshire but I’ve never actually been to Cambridge but this post seriously makes me want to. It looks stunning! I’d definitely want to go for a boat ride, the water is so calming! That bed looks incredibly comfy too!

    Jenny in Neverland

    • Sophiaaaxo
      Author
      March 13, 2019 / 7:28 pm

      Ah no way, my dad lives in Lincolnshire! You should go! you would have the best time. The punting was so much fun and you are right so calming! It made us so sleepy haha! The bed was the bed of dreams honestly! x

  5. March 13, 2019 / 12:24 pm

    It looks like you had an amazing time! I’ve never been to Cambridge, but it looks lovely. I love that you included things to do at the end, and the prices, can imagine that is so helpful to everyone on a budget. The boat looks so cute too xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    • Sophiaaaxo
      Author
      March 13, 2019 / 7:29 pm

      We really did! Thanks so much. Yes I wanted to include it just so anyone can check it out if they need to. The punting was amazing, such a good experience! x

  6. March 14, 2019 / 7:59 am

    I have always wanted to go to Cambridge and your post has made me want to go even more! Beautiful photos and fantastic post. Full of useful information.
    Thank you for sharing with us.
    Alyssa
    Thesacredspaceap.com

  7. March 14, 2019 / 12:14 pm

    This looks like such a cool place to visit!!

  8. March 18, 2019 / 3:45 pm

    Wow Cambridge is just beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing such valuable tips and gorgeous photos. I have got to visit some time now. Fudge Kitchen would be my first foodie spot! Such an awesome post, Sophia!

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