COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Harvard University
Holiday Travel Guide

Harvard University showing a city and heritage architecture

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

For a truly educational experience pay a visit to Harvard University, the oldest institute of higher learning in the U.S. Universities don’t come much more prestigious, or prettier, than Harvard. Founded in 1636, it’s one of the “Ivy League” schools. This term refers to a group of eight elite northeastern US universities known for their high academic standards. It was first coined in the 1930s and referred to football competition between older universities, with ivy-covered buildings.

Harvard University is just outside of Boston proper, on 380 acres (154 hectares). Set aside at least two hours to experience the atmosphere, architecture, museums and shops.

The university was named after its first benefactor, John Harvard, who bequeathed half of his estate and his 320-volume scholarly library to one of the colleges. The staff were so pleased with the donation that the university was renamed in his honor.

There are many entrances to the university. Check out the ornate, Georgian Revival-style Johnston Gate, and then head for the Harvard Information Center in the Holyoke Centre Arcade. Learn about the history of Harvard, stock up on maps and gather brochures on the university’s architecture. Historical tours depart several times daily from the information center. These student-led tours run for about an hour. Or, take your time with a self-guided tour, made easy with a tour pamphlet which is available for a small cost.

The iconic Harvard Yard serves as the 25-acre (10-hectare) heart of the university. This is where you’ll find some of the campus’s most significant architecture, including the Wren Building, Sever Hall and University Hall. Don’t miss the Widener Library, a Beaux Arts masterpiece completed in 1915. It’s easy to lose yourself in the library’s 57 miles (92 kilometers) of shelving, which houses 3 million volumes.

Harvard features some notable museums, including the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, as well as the Harvard Art Museums (comprising the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler museums). And when school’s over for the day, join students and faculty in the many bars and cafés around Harvard Square.

Harvard University is in Cambridge, a city four miles (seven kilometers) from Boston. Take the subway, a bus, or your car from the city. On-campus parking is available for a fee. The Harvard Information Center is open Monday through Saturday.

Top Trending Hotels Near Harvard University

The Charles Hotel
The Charles Hotel
4 out of 5
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
The price is £146 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
Located in West Cambridge, this spa hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Harvard University, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Fenway Park and Hynes Convention Center. Boston ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (990 reviews)
"Excellent hotel if you staying in Cambridge ...."

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2021

The Charles Hotel
Harvard Square Hotel
Harvard Square Hotel
2 out of 5
110 Mount Auburn Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
Get Rates
Located in West Cambridge, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Harvard University and Harvard Square. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Boston ...
3.9/5Very Good! (109 reviews)
"Clean but small rooms. Poor ventilation - fan was on all night but room was still stuffy and warm. A lot of hallway noise and street noise early in morning. Thin walls: could hear my neighbor sneeze. Location is good, easily accessible to shops and transport."

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

Harvard Square Hotel
Irving House At Harvard
Irving House At Harvard
3 out of 5
24 Irving Street, Cambridge, MA
The price is £78 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
Located in Mid-Cambridge, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Harvard University and Harvard Square. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ...
4.2/5Very Good! (916 reviews)
"Close to Harvard Square yet quiet."

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2021

Irving House At Harvard
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Harvard University Flight + Hotel Deals

Wrens Nest Village Inn
Comfort Inn & Suites Dover-Portsmouth
Anchorage Inns And Suites
Don't see what you're looking for?
See all available trips from London to Harvard University
View all trips

Popular places to visit in Harvard University

Harvard University

Choose two or more items and save on your trip:

Top Hotel Deals

The Charles Hotel
The Charles Hotel
4 out of 5
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
The price is £146 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
The Charles Hotel
Harvard Square Hotel
Harvard Square Hotel
2 out of 5
110 Mount Auburn Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
Harvard Square Hotel
Irving House At Harvard
Irving House At Harvard
3 out of 5
24 Irving Street, Cambridge, MA
The price is £78 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
Irving House At Harvard
Hotel Veritas
Hotel Veritas
3.5 out of 5
1 Remington St, Cambridge, MA
The price is £106 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Hotel Veritas
Sheraton Commander Hotel
Sheraton Commander Hotel
3.5 out of 5
16 Garden St, Cambridge, MA
The price is £98 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
Sheraton Commander Hotel
Beautiful Sunny apt Right Across Harvard Yard
Beautiful Sunny apt Right Across Harvard Yard
1168 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
Beautiful Sunny apt Right Across Harvard Yard
Club Quarters Hotel in Boston
Club Quarters Hotel in Boston
4 out of 5
161 Devonshire St, Boston, MA
The price is £81 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Club Quarters Hotel in Boston
The Cambridge Karma House
The Cambridge Karma House
3.5 out of 5
17 Banks Street St, Cambridge, MA
The price is £177 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr
The Cambridge Karma House
Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge
Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge
4 out of 5
575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
The price is £97 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.