Caravan Vacations UK: Adventure In Cambridge
Cambridge is a place where old and new, nature and culture meet to form one of the most eclectic of cities in the United Kingdom. With a population close to 120 thousand, there is plenty to see and do within the feel of a small town. From sightseeing to shopping to simply relaxing, you will find plenty of fun to fill your caravan vacation.
If you are visiting Cambridge for the first time, consider hiring a punt who will act as your historical guide and take you around the city. Punting means that you will use a punt boat to visit different historical sights throughout the city. This is the perfect way to ensure that you hit all of Cambridge’s historical highlights without wasting unnecessary time.
Punting can lead to sightseeing, which is definitely a fun way to become acquainted with Cambridge. There is assuredly plenty to see around the city, such as Clare’s College, the Cambridge University Botanical Gardens, the King’s College Chapel, and plenty more. Be sure to leave one day open to sightseeing when planning your vacation schedule, for there are many sites that you do not want to miss.
The centre of the city houses four main shopping areas. Since they are all within walking distance of one another, be sure to save plenty of time to see all of them. The Grand Arcade, Market Square, Grafton Centre, and Lion Yard all house many different unique shops that will delight travelers. All of them home some famous Brit shops as well as unique Cambridge boutiques.
The food in Cambridge is likewise a part of your vacation that you should take full advantage of. In addition to the fancy restaurants such as De Luca Cucina that are perfect for special events, the city is also home to a myriad of eateries, cafes, and tea houses that will delight your palates. Aunties Tea Shop, CB1 Internet Cafe, Patisserie Valerie, and the Teacake at Shepreth are just a few of the unique and relaxed places to spend your afternoon. Some of these little shops also specialize in gluten-free baked goods or freshly baked cakes, all perfect for a snack time you will never forget. You will be sure to find some favorite places to eat that you will want to come back to over and over again.
Caravan and Campsites:
You will certainly need a place to park your caravan and relax in quietude once you arrive in the city.
Highfield Farm Touring Park –
One of the best campsites in Cambridge that also specializes in caravan holidays. In addition to being a special site for your caravan or minibus, the premises also offer several freshwater points and chemical disposal areas, making your stay as comfortable as possible. They are closed during the winter, so be sure to check out their calendar to coordinate your stay with their open dates and with the events that draw so many folks to the city. None of your vacation will be boring; after all, Cambridge tourists come for a good reason, and now you will be able to be a part of the beauty, fun, and adventure of it all.
The Missing Sock –
A certificated location for camping, registered with the Caravan Club. This site is very small, with only 5 pitches for caravan, motorhome or trailer-tent pitching and only available to Caravan Club members. It is a quirky, individual social enterprise restaurant and bar in close proximity to the beautiful city of Cambridge.
For a cycling route into the city, take the National Cycle Network route number 51 for a steady and relaxing 30 min cycle right into the centre of Cambridge. If you are staying with children and are wondering what there is on site for entertainment, never fear, the Missing Sock has an enclosed children’s play area with lovely gardens where there are domestic and farmyard animals to be enjoyed!
Newmarket Road, Stow Cum Quy, Cambridge CB25 9AQ
Bour Golf and Country Club – This site has recently had a new shower and toilet block added along with electrics, has Caravan storage facilities, and stresses that it is a lovely quiet setting for couples and families alike, located within the grounds of this country club lies 2 camping fields – one with electric hook ups and hard standing pitches. Only 8 miles away from the heart of Cambridge, this site is ideal for anyone who hopes to include luxury and a bit of golf along with a visit to the great city.
Enjoy a round of 9 or 18 hole golf, the 9 hole pitch and putt – or for those who prefer something a little more pampered, why not visit the club’s beauty and wellbeing spa? The indoor pool, sauna, steam room and aerobics classes are all available to you. For gorgeous coffee, cakes, drinks and food campers are also welcome to enjoy the clubhouse. A touch of luxury on a budget – what could be better?
Taft Road, Bourn, Cambridge, CB23 2TT
St Neots Camping and Caravanning Club – Set in the neighbouring town of St Neots next to the riverside, just 6 miles out of Cambridge and only a 5 minute walk into the heart of the town. This Campsite has had numerous high ratings and reviews from people who have stayed there and take motorhomes, caravans and tents alike. There are 180 pitches with electrical hook-ups and some hard-standing.
For trips to Cambridge, the route is easy by car, following the main road the entire way, for those who have no car or want to avoid parking, there is a bus from town that is both quick and pleasant. If you want to spend some time near the campsite, the riverside park is opposite and fishing is available on site.
Hardwick Road, St Neots, Cambridge PE19 2PR
Cambridge Camping and Caravanning Site – This site has very easy accessibility to the centre of Cambridge via the Park and Ride, for those without a car there is a bus stop directly opposite the site. There are 120 pitches and brightly colourful flowerbeds. The staff here receive rave reviews and will endeavour to make your stay as pleasant as possible. On site there is a shop, but if you fancy a hearty meal out, campers get a 10% discount at the Square and Compass pub, only a mile walk into town.
19 Cabbage Moor, Great Shelford, Cambridge CB22 5NB
Cambridge Cherry Hinton Caravan Club – Set in an old quarry and with a peaceful, rural country setting, and only a half mile out of Cambridge. This site is the closest to the city centre, with 76 pitches set in 5.5 acres of land.
For the athletic among us, there is a National Cycle route into Cambridge that runs alongside the campsite, number 11 from Saffron Walden – Cambridge. For those who prefer a bus, the nearest stop is a short 5 minute walk away. The nearest supermarket is 1.5 miles away in the next village.
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