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Last updated: 23 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

Hotel du Vin practically invented the boutique hotel concept, and its clever mix of indulgent brasserie and bar, and chic, pared-down rooms works perfectly in this former university building.  

Parts date back to medieval times, but the classic chocolate-and-honey decor ensures the bistro and bar feel warm and buzzy. Serious vinophiles can book tastings with the hotel’s sommelier. 

Surrounding area

Flanked by former university buildings and Regency Terraces, Trumpington Street is at the very heart of Cambridge, with the impressive facade of the Fitzwilliam Museum and several of the college buildings just up the road. The area buzzes with tourists in the day, and the road is quite busy with traffic, although things quieten down in the evening. 

The River Cam is just a couple of minutes’ walk away and the wide, open space of Parker’s Piece, a few minutes’ walk in the other direction, is perfect for a picnic or watching a game of cricket. 

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Fitzwilliam Museum

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.1 miles]

A world-class collection of art and architecture, ranging from illuminated manuscripts to sculptures from Ancient Greece.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

Cambridge University Colleges

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.7 miles]

One of the world’s most illustrious universities, Cambridge consists of 31 magnificent colleges rich in history, architecture and stories, most open to the public.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.8 miles]

A leading centre for horticultural research for 175 years, the Botanic Gardens is home to over 8,000 different plant species, with Mediterranean gardens and flower-filled glasshouses.

Best for ages: 10+ | £6

Punting on the River Cam

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (UK)[1.2 miles]

Quintessential Cambridge and the best way to enjoy the glorious architecture of the university colleges and their ‘backs’ – the gardens that stretch down to the river.

Best for ages: 6+ | £20 | 2 hours

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Interior of historic pub in Cambridge

Eagle Pub

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.6 miles]

The second-oldest pub in the city, dating back to 1684, is famous for its RAF bar, where the ceiling still shows the signatures and doodles of Allied airmen, who drank at the bar between missions.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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View of the mathematical bridge over the River Cam

The Mathematical Bridge

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.6 miles]

Originally built in 1749, and rebuilt twice to the exact specifications, this bridge across the Cam looks curved, but is created from entirely straight timbers.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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View of St. John's College chapel

King’s College Chapel

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.7 miles]

Perhaps the most famous of all the university buildings is King’s College Chapel, founded in 1441 by King Henry VI. The 12 large stained-glass windows on each side of the chapel are considered some of the finest in the world.

Best for ages: 18+ | £10

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Overhead shot of colourful market stall awnings in the centre of Cambridge

Market Square

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.7 miles]

Traders have been running stalls on the city’s central square since the Middle Ages, and today visitors can buy everything from fresh food to jewellery, clothes, books and second-hand music.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Cambridgeshire , United Kingdom (UK)

A picturesque, charming city steeped in learning, architecture and history. It’s home to two world-class art museums and one of the world’s oldest and most famous universities.

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