Visit historic Cambridge

Explore from your base at Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, just 15 miles from Cambridge

A stay at Bedford Lodge Hotel in Newmarket offers its guests a taste of the history of the area in so many ways. From the hotel’s beginnings as a hunting lodge for the sixth Duke of Bedford, to the region’s renown as the home of British horseracing, both Bedford Lodge Hotel and Newmarket are steeped in history.


That sense of history pervades the area of East Anglia as a whole. Bedford Lodge Hotel is the area’s only four-star hotel and will make the ideal base for a break that will provide history and culture aplenty. Where better to start than Cambridge?

Less than 30 minutes drive (15 miles) from Bedford Lodge Hotel, historic Cambridge is world famous as a seat of learning since the first college opened in 1209, the University of Cambridge has thrown its doors open to the visiting public. From punting on the River Cam to guided tours of the historic colleges, the University offers its visitors a glimpse of an institution that is almost a community within a community, with traditions and codes that are very much its own. Visitors to the area at Christmas can attend the University’s Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, long a highlight of the BBC’s Christmas schedule.

There is much more to Cambridge than just its university. Music fans are spoilt for choice with the city’s famous folk festival, big-name gigs at the Corn Exchange, smaller ones at the Junction and the excitement of the Secret Garden Party and the free ‘Summer in the City’ performances. Food and wine lovers can take part in the city’s renowned Food Tours; be led through the city by leading ‘foodies’ and discover the best speciality shops, famous Cambridge institutions and the ‘hidden city’ on a fun walking tour with a gastronomic twist. The Cambridge Wine School offers courses aimed at all levels of knowledge and taste to help promote the enjoyment of wine. No previous experience is necessary and all are welcome.

After your day out in Cambridge, you’ll want to relax and reflect on your visit. As a four-star hotel in Newmarket, near Cambridge, Bedford Lodge Hotel provides the very best in modern comfort and convenience in refined, classic settings. Put your feet up in one of our 77 stylish rooms or dine in our newly-refurbished Squires restaurant.