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Pocket Guide: Cambridge Darwin College Hotels

The first of Cambridge's colleges to accept both men and women as students and fellows, Darwin College was established in 1964 when it became the University's first graduate-only college. Set in Newnham Grange, the family home of Charles Darwin's son and grandson, the college is one of Cambridge's larger colleges with around 650 students. Located on Silver Street just a short distance from the main Market Square and pedestrianized shopping area of Cambridge, there's also a great choice of quality B&Bs, guest houses and budget and luxury hotels in the area to choose from.

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Eight popular public lectures are held at Darwin College in the second term of each academic year. Each of the lectures follows a common theme, with previous lecture series' covering diverse topics including Risk, Survival and Games. The lectures attract top speakers from around the world to talk on their specialist subject and are welcomed (and quite often challenged!) by an audience of over 600. As well as being within easy walking distance of city centre hotels, Darwin College is also on a bus route and is not far from the train station, offering convenient links to Cambridgeshire hotels and accommodation located further afield.

Cambridgeshire Hotels for Darwin College

Darwin College is located right on the banks of the River Cam, and if you're staying in a hotel nearby take advantage of the opportunity to hire a punt or canoe to see the city from the water. Other university hotspots are also within a stone's throw of the college, including the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Gothic marvel of King's College. Or for something totally different, the high street shops and contemporary restaurants of the Grand Arcade are an easy, level walk away. Here you'll find a large department store and lots of smaller boutiques and shops, leading to the Lion Yard Shopping Centre. If you're staying in the vicinity you could also book yourself a seat at one of Cambridge's many theatres or for a classical music concert, and really make the most of every moment in Cambridgeshire.