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The Gonville Experience

From a ride in a Bentley to a tandem by the river. Make your experience count.

Lady getting into a vintage Bentley at the Gonville Hotel in Cambridge

Bentley and Afternoon Tea Experience

Take a trip to the glorious Childerley Hall in a classic Bentley and enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea set in four acres of romantic gardens.

You can choose to take tea in the beautiful Jacobean Chapel or in the mature gardens of Childerley Hall.

Whatever your choice, you will have an experience unlike any other in Cambridgeshire. Find out more and book your experience now.

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Gonville Bentley

Why not ask us about our “Bentley Experience”

The Bentley motor car was a favourite for our Chairman’s grandfather. He himself drove one of these iconic cars everyday of his life and was such a fan, that he famously ordered the latest model every two years. So when it came to deciding what cars to buy for our guests, the decision was easy.

We are very proud to offer complimentary journeys, including pick-ups and drop-offs. Our Head Chauffeur, Zane, has a wealth of knowledge and enjoys nothing more than taking our guests on mini tours of the city to show them the sites and share some of the rich history that Cambridge has to offer.

So, whether you want to feel like a VIP or simply immerse yourself in the provenance of the colleges, get in touch with us at bentley@gonvillehotel.co.uk.

Please note that when you book direct with us you will receive a link to book a Bentley Tour in your pre-stay email.

Bicycles at Gonville Hotel

Gonville Bikes

What better way to see the “City of Cycles” than from behind the handlebars of a classic “Bobbin” bike.

We are very proud to offer our guests complimentary use of the “Gonville Bikes” during their stay. Whether you want to explore the city and surrounding areas or simply be a little “Greener”, our classic “Bobbin” bikes are complete with bike baskets and easy “one touch” gears to help you whiz around town.

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Dog Friendly

At the Gonville Hotel we love dogs!

We know how hard it is to leave them at home, so you don’t have to. Simply lest us know in advance so we can organise our Gonville welcome pack for your pampered pooch. The hotel has private gardens so you can let them stretch their legs without the worry of being near the roads.

Be prepared, the team will definitely stop you to say hello and give them a cuddle.

Please note there is a charge of £25 per night to allow the hotel to deep clean the bedrooms also the only areas where dogs are not allowed is the Terrace Restaurant and in Gresham House.

What's on

There’s always something happening at Gonville Hotel, why not join us for live jazz in our Atrium Bar on Friday and Saturday evenings? Take a look at our blog and see what’s taking place at Gonville Hotel.

Things to Do

Cambridge offers a wealth of great days out and things to do. See our top tips for your visit on our Things to Do page.

A member of the Gonville team hands and drink to a worker at the hotel

Gracious Hospitality

At the Gonville, we believe that everyone should be treated like a VIP, no matter who you are.

In a world that seems to get busier and busier, we think that everyone should receive a little kindness throughout their day and this starts with each other and our suppliers. If we are not offering a hot drink to a delivery driver or helping each other out in the Hotel, we are looking for ways to show you that we care.

To us, everyone is a VIP and a Gonville guest is at the top of that list. We feel that you can hire for “skill” but we would much rather hire for “will” and find people that love people.

Gracious Hospitality, kindness without exception.


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The Gonville Hotel started life as a “Senior Fellows” house that was built in 1830 by Gonville & Caius college. Eighteen years later, Mr Brindley became the proprietor and later turned the house into a fifteen bedroom guest house.

It was however in 1962, that the Gonville story started and our current Chairman’s Grandfather, Harold Ridgeon bought the guest house and started work developing the property using his building skills and connections.

In 1972, Helen Chaplin took over the running of the property and the Gonville Hotel was opened. It was also around that time that William Bradford and his family became shareholders, adding over 100 years of hospitality experience to the Board of directors.

In 2004, the grandchildren Hilary and Simon Chaplin themselves, became directors and David Chaplin took the reins as Chairman. Since that time, the hotel has undergone significant investment and expansion to become the hotel that it is today.

The Gonville hotel continues to be a family run business in the heart of Cambridge with true family values.

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Punting is one of the quintessentially Cambridge experiences. We recommend a tour with Traditional Punting Co that takes you past seven colleges and eight bridges.

Sights include the Wren library at Trinity College, Clare Bridge, The Silent Bridge, Kings College Chapel and The Wooden Bridge at Queens College, which people incorrectly refer to as The Mathematical Bridge.

Find out more and book tickets on the Traditional Punting Co website or speak to reception.

A common in Cambridge

Green Policy

In association with the Green Tourism Business Scheme, sustainability and green issues are now very much mainstream, with governments, businesses and individuals all involved. Tourism, as one of the main economic drivers in the UK, has its part to play. That is where the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) comes in. We are proud to have been awarded a Silver award in Green Tourism.

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