Eileen Saunders Travel Counsellors agent insight

How to make the most out of Cambridge this summer

Eileen Saunders from Travel Counsellors says why you should recommend a Cambridge this summer.

The clocks went forward last weekend and British summertime officially began so we can now start looking forward to warmer weather and longer days.

In February, we already had a taste of summer with temperatures reaching 20°C, the highest temperature for that month since records began.

We had to take advantage of the weather so we headed off to Cambridge for a couple of days. We stayed at the Hilton which, with its central location and comfortable accommodation, was a good choice.

Cambridge is one of the most visited cities in the UK, attracting visitors from home and abroad. It is a small city and the centre is trafficfree so walking is the best way to get around. We booked a guided walking tour, taking in the main highlights of the city, which was very enjoyable. Our guide showed us places we would never have found by ourselves.

When visiting Cambridge, one of top things to do is to go punting on the River Cam along the “Backs” (backs of the colleges). This is worth doing at any time of year but on a warm sunny day in February, without the summer crowds, it was perfect.

There is so much to see and do in Cambridge and we managed to fit in such a lot in our limited time there. We visited King’s College and listened to the world-famous college choir and we even managed to get the last couple of tickets available to see the “Cambridge Footlights” the annual student’s review.

Our seats were in the front row and my husband warned that the cast might single us out sitting so close to the stage – and it turned out that he was right. Within minutes of the start of the show during a Sherlock Holmes sketch, I was singled out and revealed as the murderer – and sworn at which caused much hilarity. The show was completely bonkers but very funny!

We had a great time in Cambridge and while eating and drinking outside in the sunshine, I had to keep pinching myself that it was February.

Cambridge is a beautiful historic city and it has something for everyone; and with UK breaks becoming increasingly popular, it is somewhere that is definitely worth recommending to your clients.

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