07/09/2015

A Weekend In Cambridge

A few weekends ago Hubby and I had the good fortune to get a two night break in Cambridge with Travelodge. I've not been there in many years and hubby hadn't either so we were keen to have a child free break meaning we could explore the sights, have a meal out and not have to worry about keeping two small monkeys entertained. Cambridge has so much to offer. The shopping is especially good!
There are six travelodges in Cambridge and the surrounding area. We chose to stay in the Newmarket Road one, within easy walking distance to the river and City Center.
Upgraded rooms with king sized beds and offering great value for money (with optional breakfast) this was an ideal base for us. We had great views over the City too being on the fourth floor!
Luckily the weather was fantastic the afternoon we arrived so we enjoyed a walk along the river into the City Centre to get our bearings and to find something to eat. There was lots of choice! Sadly as it as warm and being a busy Saturday evening we couldn't get a table outside anywhere (which I would have liked) but we enjoyed a lovely meal in Prezzo and enjoyed the ambiance the City has to offer. 

Being a City where cycling is popular you do have to have your wits about you! The parks and roads have great cycle lanes though.
So many people were on the River Cam punting and taking in the sights we decided that if the weather was nice on the Sunday we would go punting too. 
After a good night's sleep and breakfast at the hotel I'm so pleased we were able to do this. It was great fun! We booked a Punt tour of the collages and had a delightful student as a tour guide who's good looks did not go unnoticed! Our punt was shared between us and three women and cost the two of us £30. Money well spent and a great way of seeing the City in my opinion.
Shopping featured during our weekend too. Without the monkeys in tow (as they so hate shopping) it was so much nicer to explore. The City has all manner of shops to cater for everyone. High street shops, independents, large chain stores, high end boutiques, the market, cafe's and so much more, I could have spent the entire weekend browsing! Luckily when the rain came we were already in the pub enjoying lunch and a drink or two!
The parks along the River seemed well maintained and obviously family orientated, with tennis courts, children's play area's, pubs and restaurants, boat houses and even a Lido. There are also open topped bus tours, which we would have done had we not gone punting! With the usual cinema's, bowling alley's and other recreational activities on offer I really think we could have stayed more then two nights. I came away wanting to live there!
 
Our weekend in Cambridge was great and such a welcome opportunity thanks to Travelodge who kindly covered the cost of two nights including breakfast.
 

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