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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

A recent revamp has elevated the Gonville from a comfortable base to a super-chic bolthole with a renowned restaurant. Genteel pleasures abound – evening drinks on the pristine lawn, live jazz in the Atrium bar and Modern British cuisine in the Terrace restaurant. 

The hotel has its own separately located spa, Gresham House – on oasis of botanically-scented calm in a coolly-restored Victorian villa – just the place to dust off the city’s bustle for an hour or two.  

The hotel makes exploring the city easy; there are bikes to hire, or guests can book a guided tour by Bentley. This one’s ideal for couples, looking for a romantic base among the bustle. 

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Located on the south side of Parker’s Piece – the city’s most famous green space – step out of the door and a wide expanse of tree-lined grass stretches out in front of you, separated from the hotel by a moderately busy road.

It’s a ten minute walk from most of the colleges and the bustling Market Square, so it’s considerably quieter than staying right in the heat of town. 

A fifteen-minute stroll in the other direction takes you to Milk Road, home to some of the city’s hippest bars and cafes. 

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: On-site *
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)[0.6 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 Botanic Garden

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.7 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

Cambridge University Colleges

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (UK)[1 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

Punting on the River Cam

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (UK)[1.4 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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Interior of historic pub in Cambridge

Eagle Pub

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.9 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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Overhead shot of colourful market stall awnings in the centre of Cambridge

Market Square

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (UK)[0.9 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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View of St. Mary's Church on a clear day in Cambridge

Climb St. Mary’s Church Tower

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (UK)[1 miles]

Climb the 123 steps to the top of St. Mary’s Tower for lovely, 360-degree views of the city’s rooftops, and to see the unique architecture of the colleges from above.

Best for ages: 6+ | Free

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View of the mathematical bridge over the River Cam

The Mathematical Bridge

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (UK)[1 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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Cambridgeshire , United Kingdom (UK)

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