IT’S ALL ACADEMIC: 10 MUST-SEE HISTORIC UNIVERSITY TOWNS & CITIES

Towns and cities that are home to a university are perfect places to explore and discover new, spectacular sights. From the medieval maze of York to the birthplace of learning in Bologna, we re taking a world tour of these first class locations.

St Andrews, Scotland

IT’S ALL ACADEMIC: 10 MUST-SEE HISTORIC UNIVERSITY TOWNS & CITIES

The oldest place of learning in Scotland and the home of golf , St Andrews1 is steeped in history. Stroll amongst the gorse on the links (keeping an ear out for Fore! ) and admire the rugged coastal views. Highlights of this unique city include its ruined cathedral and castle as well as the botanic gardens with 8,000 different species on display. Famous former students include Sir Chris Hoy and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Explore St Andrews from this cosy luxury apartment2: it s just 40 seconds walk from the iconic Royal & Ancient club house.

Cambridge, England

IT’S ALL ACADEMIC: 10 MUST-SEE HISTORIC UNIVERSITY TOWNS & CITIES

From the soaring towers of King s College chapel to hidden cobbled streets, Cambridge3 is a treasure trove. Art lovers will relish uncovering masterpieces in the Fitzwilliam Museum and architecture enthusiasts can admire the city s finest offerings from a punt whilst drifting gently down the Cam. Famous former students of the 31 Cambridge colleges include Sir David Attenborough, Charles Darwin, Hugh Laurie and Sir Isaac Newton. If you re visiting Cambridge, this 17th century cottage in Fowlmere4 is the ideal place to stay.

Cambridge, Massachusetts

IT’S ALL ACADEMIC: 10 MUST-SEE HISTORIC UNIVERSITY TOWNS & CITIES

Cambridge, Massachusetts has been home to Harvard university5, one of America s prestigious Ivy League institutions, since 1636. Famous former students include Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft magnate Bill Gates and actor Matt Damon. A walking tour is the perfect way to explore and many of these are led by current students of the university. The varied local architecture and the town s myriad museums will satisfy even the hungriest sightseeing appetites. Fancy a New England holiday? Make this bright and chic apartment6 your HQ.

Oxford, England

IT’S ALL ACADEMIC: 10 MUST-SEE HISTORIC UNIVERSITY TOWNS & CITIES

The oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford7 is one of the most inspiring cities to explore. Its enchanting name, the city of dreaming spires , whispers the delights that await you when you visit. Rifle through the shelves of Blackwell s bookshop before being blown away by the Bodleian library and amazed by the Ashmolean museum. Renowned former students include poet W H Auden, author Philip Pullman and architect Sir Christopher Wren. Visiting Oxford? Book this stylish apartment8 to be close to its historic centre.

Bologna, Italy

IT’S ALL ACADEMIC: 10 MUST-SEE HISTORIC UNIVERSITY TOWNS & CITIES

Nestled in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy and home to the oldest university in the world, Bologna9 is without doubt the cradle of learning. As you wander the city s winding streets, admire the towers, buildings and porticoes as their rust-red bricks take on a fiery glow at sunset. Foodies should try a tortellini-making demonstration before stocking up on some local goodies to take home. Fancy a trip to Bologna? Take yourself to a tranquil villa10 nearby and don t forget to sample the original spaghetti Bolognese in its home town.

Heidelberg, Germany

IT’S ALL ACADEMIC: 10 MUST-SEE HISTORIC UNIVERSITY TOWNS & CITIES

The picturesque city of Heidelberg11 is home to Germany s oldest university, established in 1386. The buildings of the University Library and Old Town Campus are well worth a visit for their historical and architectural appeal. Find the perfect panorama by heading to the hills and grounds of Heidelberg castle for beautiful views of the unique cityscape and river Neckar. On your way back, pause on the Carl Theodor Old Bridge. Taking a Discount Holidays © holiday in Heidelberg?

Start exploring the town from this convenient studio apartment12.

Padua, Italy

IT’S ALL ACADEMIC: 10 MUST-SEE HISTORIC UNIVERSITY TOWNS & CITIES

The university of Padua13 (or Padova to give its Italian name) was established in 1222. This beautiful city is a feast for the eyes with decorative buildings and inspiring churches at almost every turn. Its arcades and piazze have hosted historical figures throughout the ages from Copernicus to Casanova. Head to the vibrant Centro Storico for caff , gelato and a slice of the historical culture this captivating and underrated city has to offer. One of the three farmhouse cottages on this fabulous wine estate14 south of the city is an ideal place to stay while you explore.

York, England

IT’S ALL ACADEMIC: 10 MUST-SEE HISTORIC UNIVERSITY TOWNS & CITIES

York s university15 only appeared in 1963, but the city itself has witnessed millennia of history, from the violence of the Viking invasion to rebellion against Henry VIII. Wander the streets and you get a real sense of the medieval, from the cramped cobbles of The Shambles to the imposing towers of York Minster. For the best views, take a walk around the city walls and head to the Gatehouse Coffee shop at Walmgate when you need refreshment; it s built inside the wall itself. Feel like discovering York s secrets? This Georgian townhouse16 near the centre is perfect.

Krak w, Poland

IT’S ALL ACADEMIC: 10 MUST-SEE HISTORIC UNIVERSITY TOWNS & CITIES

The towers, pinnacles and arches of Krak w give it a fairy-tale feel that enchants visitors. It s home to the Jagiellonian University17, whose buildings contribute to the city centre s UNESCO world heritage site status. Fans of remarkable Renaissance architecture must visit the magnificent Cloth Hall. And for an emotional, thought-provoking experience, tour Oskar Schindler s factory and then take a contemplative walk along the river bank by the castle. This beautifully finished apartment in the Old Town18 is an ideal place to stay as you explore.

Salamanca, Spain

IT’S ALL ACADEMIC: 10 MUST-SEE HISTORIC UNIVERSITY TOWNS & CITIES

Spain s oldest university resides in the charming medieval city of Salamanca19 in the region of Castilla y Le n. Famed explorer Christopher Columbus lectured here amidst the domed towers and sandstone buildings that glow at sunset.

You ll discover the finest panoramic views of this jewel of a city after climbing to the very top of the Old Cathedral.

Wandering the narrow streets is irresistible: the Casa de las Conchas (the House of Shells) and the Monterrey Palace are highlights and this central apartment20 is just 200 metres from the astounding Plaza Mayor.

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References

  1. ^ St Andrews (www.st-andrews.ac.uk)
  2. ^ this cosy luxury apartment (www.holidaylettings.co.uk)
  3. ^ Cambridge (www.cam.ac.uk)
  4. ^ this 17th century cottage in Fowlmere (www.holidaylettings.co.uk)
  5. ^ Harvard university (www.harvard.edu)
  6. ^ this bright and chic apartment (www.holidaylettings.co.uk)
  7. ^ Oxford (www.ox.ac.uk)
  8. ^ this stylish apartment (www.holidaylettings.co.uk)
  9. ^ Bologna (www.unibo.it)
  10. ^ a tranquil villa (www.holidaylettings.co.uk)
  11. ^ Heidelberg (www.heidelberg.edu)
  12. ^ this convenient studio apartment (www.holidaylettings.co.uk)
  13. ^ Padua (www.unipd.it)
  14. ^ three farmhouse cottages on this fabulous wine estate (www.holidaylettings.co.uk)
  15. ^ York s university (www.york.ac.uk)
  16. ^ Georgian townhouse (www.holidaylettings.co.uk)
  17. ^ Jagiellonian University (www.uj.edu.pl)
  18. ^ This beautifully finished apartment in the Old Town (www.holidaylettings.co.uk)
  19. ^ Salamanca (www.usal.es)
  20. ^ this central apartment (www.holidaylettings.co.uk)
  21. ^ Must-see university towns and cities (www.holidaylettings.co.uk)
  22. ^ The best university towns and cities too visit (www.holidaylettings.co.uk)
  23. ^ Top historic university towns and cities (www.holidaylettings.co.uk)
  24. ^ Top university towns and cities (www.holidaylettings.co.uk)

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