Cambridge is one of those cities that has to be discovered on foot. The romance of the city is embedded in the cobblestones, the historic buildings of the university, and the quirky little courtyards and alleyways that are begging to be explored.
But after a day or two on foot (and a few hours punting on the River Cam) you will be dreaming of a long soak in the Jacuzzi, or a relaxing hot stone massage. Luckily, Cambridge has no shortage of stunning day spas and high-end spa hotels, so you can tire yourself out, then recharge your batteries and do it all over again.
There is a spa for every style in Cambridge. For a modern take on the classic spa environment, try The Varsity Hotel, which boasts an Elemis spa complete with cutting edge Elemis Biotec facials.
If you want some serious pampering, head to The Cambridge Belfry, which boasts seven private treatment rooms, a relaxation room, an indoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a sauna and a steam room, and treatments by ESPA.
*Image: The Cambridge Belfry Spa
For traditionalists, there is the Cambridge Quy Mill Spa – all dark wood and vintage features – where you can enjoy your very own Serail Mud Bath or a deep tissue massage.
There is no shortage of coffee and cake in Cambridge – cream teas are offered in almost every café you can find. But if you need something a bit more substantial, treat yourself to a Michelin-starred meal at Restaurant Alimentum.
*Image of food served at Alimentum – Flickr
Cambridge is a university city, and if there’s one thing that students know how to do, its party. The main nightclub area is just off Market Square, although they can get very busy on Friday and Saturday nights.
There are a few more boutique bars along Market Passage, Rose Crescent, Trinity Street and Market Hill – try The Vaults for gourmet hot dogs and trendy cocktails, or Hotel du Vin if you love your wine (they have 14 in-house sommeliers).
Once upon a time, Cambridge was a market town, and that tradition has never really gone away.
Market Square is still home to some beautiful boutiques and high street stores, while Saturday’s All Saint’s Garden Art and Craft Market (just opposite Trinity College) is always busy with locals and visitors alike.
For an alternative shopping experience, head to Burwash Manor in Barton, where you will find an organic farm, a selection of quirky independent boutiques, and – yes – even a stunning day spa where you can wind down between window shopping.