With the distinctive mound of the motte still standing, visitors to Cambridge Castle can travel back in history to imagine life nearly 1000 years ago. First constructed in 1068 following the triumph of William the Conqueror in the Battle of Hastings, the castle was built in the classic motte and wooden bailey design of the earliest Norman castles. In the 12th Century it was rebuilt in stone, although now only the earth motte remains. A great example of this sort of castle that was once present in towns up and down the United Kingdom, it makes an interesting stop on any historical tour of Cambridgeshire during your hotel break.
Hotel Stays in Cambridgeshire to Visit Cambridge Castle
The importance of the Cambridge Castle site didn't just start in 1068. Previously this was the location of the Roman town of Duroliponte, and before that it was an Iron Age fort. Now, while there is no building left to admire, the climb to the top does offer visitors a great view of the city and surrounding Cambridgeshire countryside. Open all year round, Cambridge Castle is to the north of the River Cam, across the road from Magdalene College. With the centre of Cambridge being so flat it's an easy addition to any walking tour of the many historic buildings of the city, or you could hire a bike to explore. With a wide range of accommodation options available nearby, from private guest houses to corporate business hotels, you can find your ideal spot to stay the night when you visit Cambridge Castle.
Cambridge Castle from Your Cambridgeshire Hotel
Whether you're staying in the city or making a day trip from a hotel in the Cambridgeshire countryside, there are lots of places of interest to visit nearby. Close to Cambridge Castle is Churchill College, which has educated 30 Nobel Prize winners, or take a moment to enjoy the quiet and tranquillity of nearby Jesus Green and Midsummer Common parks. However, if you're in search of peace and quiet then be warned that on the first weekend of June Midsummer Park gets transformed into a lively arts venue packed with music and cultural events.