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Harvard University

Holiday Travel Guide

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

The oldest and most famous university in the United States, Harvard University has been educating the country’s brightest young minds since it was founded in 1636. Along with seven other prestigious academic institutes in the north east, Harvard University is a member of the USA’s Ivy League group of schools. The term “Ivy League” was created in the 1930s for a college football competition, and refers to the presence of the ivy plant on the university buildings.

The University takes its name from John Harvard, the first official benefactor of the institution. When Harvard died, he left half of his estate and a library of 320 volumes to one of the colleges. It was considered to be such an impressive donation that the university was renamed in his honour.

Harvard University is not actually in Boston itself. It’s located just outside the city in beautiful and extensive grounds that cover over 154 hectares. It’s a good idea to allow at least a couple of hours to visit the University, to appreciate the architecture and museums or simply soak up the atmosphere.

Enter the university is through the historic Johnston Gate. You can pick up maps, brochures and guides from the Harvard Information Center, which is located in the Holyoke Centre Arcade. It is definitely worth taking advantage of the great historical tours on offer here – group tours are led by students and last an hour.

The true heart of the university is the famous Harvard Yard, which in itself covers 10 hectares of grounds. Many of the most iconic architecture and monuments can be found here, including the lovely Widener Library that was built in 1915. The Library has over 92 kilometres of shelving which contain over 3 million different books! Harvard Yard is also home to Sever Hall, the Wren Building and University Hall.

Alongside the many architectural treasures, Harvard features several good museums, including the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. After a few hours sightseeing, join the students and faculty in enjoying a coffee and some food in one of the many cafés and eateries located around Harvard Square.

Harvard University is located in the small city of Cambridge, some seven kilometres from Boston, and is easily reached by bus or subway. If you choose to take a car remember that you will be charged a fee for on-campus parking.

Top 10 Hotels Near Harvard University

Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge
Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge
4 out of 5
575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
The price is SG$314 per night from 9 Aug to 9 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in MIT, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of MIT Museum, Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Fenway Park and Hynes Convention ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,204 reviews)
"The balcony and views were amazing. A little noisy at night from people enjoying their stay but it's hard to blame them because this hotel was so awesome. Even during renovations we didnt hear any construction but it looks like this place will be even more awesome when they finish, cant wait to stay ..."

Reviewed on 1 Aug,2021

Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge
The Charles Hotel
The Charles Hotel
4 out of 5
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
The price is SG$482 per night from 30 Aug to 30 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
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! (979 reviews)
"It’s a great place to stay in a fantastic part of Boston."

Reviewed on 3 Aug,2021

The Charles Hotel
Sheraton Commander Hotel
Sheraton Commander Hotel
3.5 out of 5
16 Garden St, Cambridge, MA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$370 per night from 14 Aug to 14 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Neighborhood Nine, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Harvard University and Harvard Square. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (135 reviews)

Reviewed on 14 Jul,2021

Sheraton Commander Hotel
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Irving House At Harvard
Irving House At Harvard
3 out of 5
24 Irving Street, Cambridge, MA
The price is SG$209 per night from 5 Aug to 5 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Irving House At Harvard
Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge
Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge
4 out of 5
575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
The price is SG$314 per night from 9 Aug to 9 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge
The Charles Hotel
The Charles Hotel
4 out of 5
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
The price is SG$482 per night from 30 Aug to 30 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
The Charles Hotel
Sheraton Commander Hotel
Sheraton Commander Hotel
3.5 out of 5
16 Garden St, Cambridge, MA
The price is SG$370 per night from 14 Aug to 14 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Sheraton Commander Hotel
Harvard Square Hotel
Harvard Square Hotel
2 out of 5
110 Mount Auburn Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
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60 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA, Cambridge, MA
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Top Floor Harvard Square 2BR W/gym, Elevator, by Blueground
60 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA, Cambridge, MA
Top Floor Harvard Square 2BR W/gym, Elevator, by Blueground
Top Floor Harvard Square 2BR W/gym, Elevator, by Blueground
Top Floor Harvard Square 2BR W/gym, Elevator, by Blueground
60 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA, Cambridge, MA
Top Floor Harvard Square 2BR W/gym, Elevator, by Blueground
Hotel Veritas
Hotel Veritas
3.5 out of 5
1 Remington St, Cambridge, MA
The price is SG$323 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
Excludes taxes & fees
Hotel Veritas
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.