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There may be more ‘cycles than students, but next time you’re in Cambridge, ditch wheels for water and head down to the river at dusk for a whole new way to see the city…

Step away from the academia at sunset and meet the local bat community instead. At around 8pm, nightly until the middle of September, Scudamore’s bat safari sets off for a 90-minute tour along the river. Local experts will lead the way, using hand-held detectors to spot and identify any flying mammals in the vicinity. It sounds simple, but it isn’t when you’ve got 1,100 different species to tackle. You’ll leave an authority on distinguishing bats. The tour costs £15 for an adult, and £7.50 for children.

Where to stay The Varsity Hotel & Spa has rooms named after colleges, artworks based on famous alumni and donnish decanters of brandy. There’s a Glassworks Aveda spa in the Conran-designed building next door, where you can book in for well-priced facials, massages, and beauty treatments, as well as reflexology, aromatherapy and waxing. Yoga, pilates and boxercise classes are held in the beamed gym and, in summer, on the hotel roof. Make sure you try the hotel’s restaurant: looking out over the water at mediaeval Magdalene College, the River Bar is a sophisticated split-level take on a traditional steakhouse, with warehouse-style exposed brick walls, a smart little coffee/cocktail bar and a grilling fixation.

Read the rest of our guide to Cambridge…

Thanks to Victoria Goodhew for help compiling this post.

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