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CambridgeUnited States of America

Home to two of the most prestigious universities in the U.S., Cambridge has a distinguished feel, with fine dining, museums and riverside strolls among its charms. 

Tour the grounds of Harvard and admire the elegant buildings in which some of America’s finest minds have been nurtured. Visit museums and galleries within the grounds, before making your way to the contrasting Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where cutting-edge architecture houses students that are shaping the future. Cruises down the River Charles, numerous boutique stores and a culinary culture to rival some of the finest cities in the country will keep you busy for the rest of your stay.

Cambridge was founded in 1630 and is the fifth-largest city in Massachusetts. It’s known as the “City of Squares” because of the way town planners designed the town around an easily navigable network of plazas.

Take a tour of the Harvard grounds and learn about the many famous alumni who have studied here, including President Barack Obama and poet T.S. Eliot. Conduct some learning of your own and stop in at the Harvard Museum of Natural History where over 12,000 specimens are on display. Art fans should head to the Harvard Museum of Art, which is made up of three distinct sections focusing on Western, Germanic and Asian art.

Visit MIT for the architecture alone, with the stunning Stata Center and Simmons Hall among the highlights. Don’t miss the MIT museum, which focuses on exhibits that showcase scientific, artistic and technology innovations in the modern era.

Stroll beside the Charles River, which boasts hundred of acres of nature reserve on each of its banks. Take a visit to Mount Auburn Cemetery, the first landscaped cemetery in the United States. It’s also notable for being the burial place of the poet Henry Longfellow. Visit Longfellow House in the town to find out more about this literary great.

Cambridge is well served by public transport, with a good network of trains and public buses covering all the major sights. It’s also an easy city to cycle around in. Rent a bike during the warm summer months and discover the extensive network of cycle routes.

Where to stay in Cambridge

East Cambridge, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

East Cambridge

4/5Very Good!(10 area reviews)

The stunning river views and popular shops are top features of East Cambridge. Make a stop by Cambridgeside Galleria while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Lechmere Station to get around town.

East Cambridge
West End, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

West End

4/5Very Good!(28 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and beautiful gardens are a few things travellers love about West End. Check out TD Garden or Museum of Science while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Science Park Station to get around town.

West End
Massachusetts which includes landscape views, a lake or waterhole and a city

MIT

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

While you're in MIT, take in top sights like Kendall Square and jump on the metro at Kendall-MIT Station to see more of the city.

MIT
Harvard University featuring heritage architecture and a church or cathedral

Mid-Cambridge

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

While you're in Mid-Cambridge, take in top sights like Harvard Square and jump on the metro at Harvard Square Station to see more of the city.

Mid-Cambridge
Cambridgeport, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

Cambridgeport

4/5Very Good!(4 area reviews)

Cambridgeport is well liked for many features, particularly its river views, gardens and art galleries. Though there may not be top sights in Cambridgeport, consider stopping by Kenmore Square or Fenway Park, located nearby.

Cambridgeport
Cambridge featuring street scenes and a city

Central Square

When in Central Square, check out the abundant dining options and consider stopping by MIT Museum. If you want to see more of the area, you can catch the metro at Central Square Station.

Central Square

Top hotels in Cambridge

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Overlooking Boston
Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Overlooking Boston
4 out of 5
575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
The price is £110 per night

Located in MIT, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of MIT Museum, Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Fenway Park and Hynes Convention ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,233 reviews)

"the balcony was perfect in the morning. I did not like how I received no information on the amenities of the hotel or the new hours of function"…"

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2020

Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Overlooking Boston
Kimpton Marlowe Hotel
Kimpton Marlowe Hotel
4 out of 5
25 Edwin H. Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA
The price is £97 per night

Located in East Cambridge, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cambridgeside Galleria and Museum of Science. TD Garden and The Freedom Trail are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (993 reviews)

"My boyfriend and I were looking for a quick easy getaway 4th of July weekend and I wanted a place I could bring my French Bulldog Lucy. We could not have been happier with The Kimpton! From the wine hour to how welcoming they were to Lucy with dog bowels and a bed to how clean the room was... since ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jul 2020

Kimpton Marlowe Hotel
Fairfield Inn & Suites Boston Cambridge
Fairfield Inn & Suites Boston Cambridge
3 out of 5
215 Monsignor O'Brien Highway, Cambridge, MA
The price is £95 per night

Located in East Cambridge, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kendall Square and Museum of Science. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and TD Garden ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (983 reviews)

"Majority of services closed but the price was still high. Carpet dirty but the rest clean. On off street immediately."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2020

Fairfield Inn & Suites Boston Cambridge

Popular places to visit in Cambridge

Harvard University
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Harvard University

Walk in the footsteps of presidents and Nobel laureates at one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United States.

Harvard Square
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Harvard Square

With a visit to Harvard Square, a favourite shopping spot in Cambridge, you can browse for souvenirs. Experience the acclaimed art galleries and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Museum of Science
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Museum of Science

Let your inner-geek run wild amid the hundreds of innovative, hands-on exhibits at this Boston museum.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of academia at the architecturally rich, museum-filled campus of one of America’s most celebrated universities.

Cambridgeside Galleria
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Cambridgeside Galleria

You can do some window-shopping at Cambridgeside Galleria during your visit to Cambridge. Amble around this vibrant area's university campus or attend a sporting event.

Harvard Museum of Natural History
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Harvard Museum of Natural History

You can study the exhibits at Harvard Museum of Natural History, a museum with a storied past, during your trip to Cambridge. Experience the acclaimed theatre scene or attend a sporting event in this vibrant area.

Top things to do in Cambridge

Boston Duck Tours: Land and Sea
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Boston Duck Tours: Land and Sea

£40
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Boston CityPASS: Admission to Top 4 Boston Attractions
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Boston CityPASS: Admission to Top 4 Boston Attractions

£52
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

£37
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Walking Tour of Harvard
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Walking Tour of Harvard

£12
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Massachusett
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Massachusett

£8
Per adult
Snorkeling With Sea Turtles (polhena Turtle Point) Near Mirissa
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Snorkeling With Sea Turtles (polhena Turtle Point) Near Mirissa

£28
Per adult

Reviews of Cambridge

4.5

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Feb 2020

I am an alumna of Harvard College so it is always lovely to be back and see changes in the Square. It is clean and well kept but sad to see old institutions like the newsstand close down. The food options were excellent, but the shopping was just OK.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Aug 2019

Cambridge is an absolute gem and a must see location. There are lovely buildings and Harvard University, walk around the beautiful Charles River with excellent cycle paths. There is a great range of lovely shops and places to eat/drink.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Jul 2019

As a family we love Cambridge, the safeness, the shopping, the dining options, the location. We keep returning!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Jul 2019

Great place. Unfortunately seemed to be quite a lot of homeless people. No bother to anyone though.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Jul 2019

Good walking city, with frequent cheap buses

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