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University of Cambridge Tours

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University of Cambridge
Founded  in 1209, the University of Cambridge is one of Britain’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Made up of six schools, 31 constituent colleges, and more than 100 academic departments, the historic university boasts an impressive alumni, which includes Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, and Lord Byron.

The Basics

Many of the Cambridge University colleges, libraries, and museums are open to the public; the best way to discover the history of the complex is on a walking tour. Tours typically cover Trinity College, home to the Wren Library and the Trinity College Chapel; Queens' College, which lies along the Cam Riverfront and harbors the Mathematical Bridge; and King’s College, where you can admire Rubens’ Adoration of the Magi in the King's College Chapel.

Visit Cambridge on a day trip from London; it’s possible to combine it with a visit to Oxford, home to another one of England’s prestigious universities.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Some of the best views of the university colleges can be found along the waterfront of the Cam River—an area known as The Backs, as the colleges back onto the riverfront.
  • The historic center of Cambridge is easy to get around on foot; most of the colleges are within walking distance of each other so ensure you’re wearing sturdy footwear.
  • Many of the colleges charge an admission fee or require you to visit as part of a tour.
  • Most college buildings are fully wheelchair- and stroller-accessible.

How to Get There

The University of Cambridge is located in the city of Cambridge, 65 miles (105 kilometers) north of London. It’s a 1.5-hour drive along the M11 or  a 1.5-hour journey by train, which depart regularly from London King’s Cross station.

When to Get There
Though it’s possible to admire the college exteriors at any time, college visits are limited to certain times of the year, especially during exam periods around Easter. By far the most popular time to visit is in July and August, when the colleges are open daily and huge crowds descend on the city center. If visiting independently, it’s worth timing your visit for early or late in the day to avoid the crowds. Punting is possible along the River Cam from April through October.

Things to Do in Cambridge
In addition to visiting the university colleges, there’s plenty of other things to do while you’re in Cambridge. A quintessential activity is punting along the River Cam, lined with landmarks such as the Bridge of Sighs and The Backs. A visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum should be top of the itinerary for art and history enthusiasts, while other landmarks include St. Mary’s Church and the Corpus Clock at Corpus Christi College. For the most impressive views, head to the Magdalene Bridge or take a stroll through Cambridge Botanical Gardens.
Address: The Old Schools, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, United Kingdom CB2 1TN, England
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14 Tours and Activities to Experience University of Cambridge

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Chauffeured Punting Tour in Cambridge

Chauffeured Punting Tour in Cambridge

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See enchanting Cambridge from a different perspective with this chauffeured punting tour. Get a deeper sense of the history of this university town from the knowledgeable guide as you cruise past he Bridge of Sighs, The Wren Library, Kings College Chapel, The Mathematical Bridge, New Court St Johns and Clare Bridge. Steep yourself in 800 years of history on this fun tour.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Walking Tour of Cambridge

Walking Tour of Cambridge

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About Cambridge On Foot Fun and friendly private walking tours of the city of Cambridge. We are qualified Cambridge guides, the only guides permitted to lead groups into the University colleges. Every tour can be personalised to suit you and your group starting and finishing at a convenient location. Each tour will feature highlights of the town, University and its colleges.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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$98.80
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Private 2-Hour Cambridge Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide

Private 2-Hour Cambridge Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide

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Discover Cambridge the way you want, at the pace you want, on a private 2-hour walking tour. Use the flexible itinerary to tailor your sightseeing to your interests, and learn about the city’s history and university from your private guide. Choose to visit famous colleges like Trinity and Queens’, admire King’s College Chapel, or just absorb the atmosphere and architecture on a stroll through the medieval streets. Entrance fees at own expense.
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  • 2 hours
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Historic Cambridge: A Guided Walking Tour

Historic Cambridge: A Guided Walking Tour

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We are accredited Green Badge guides who have been successfully guiding in Cambridge since 2011. Thanks to our wonderful clients, we have for many years been the top-ranked Cambridge walking tour on Trip Advisor. We will take you on a journey through 2,000 years of history, and try to have some fun along the way. This is a private tour for you and your companions only. Due to Government restrictions on public gatherings, the maximum group size is 5.
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  • 2 hours
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Cambridge Colleges Audio Tour: The Historic Centre's Classic Sights

Cambridge Colleges Audio Tour: The Historic Centre's Classic Sights

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Looking for an independent and flexible way to see Cambridge? This self-led audio tour via smartphone app offers a convenient, budget-friendly sightseeing option. Upon booking, download the app to your phone, and enjoy lifetime access to the recording. When you’re ready, make your own way to 9 King's Parade, pop in your headphones, and let the tour—recorded by a former Cambridge student and resident—guide you around the city.
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  • 40 minutes to 2 hours
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The Key To The City

The Key To The City

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'The Key to The City' is the only guide you will need to get the most out of the Cambridge experience. Written by students, with the literature overseen by a university professor, and supporting local independent businesses within Cambridge. Including a self guided college and museum walking tour, local information and secret spots so you don't miss anything, exclusive offers and discounts to select independent businesses across Cambridge for; shops, cycle hire, restaurants and tour experiences, such as punting and walking tours around the University of Cambridge.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Combo: Cambridge University Graduate-Guided Punting & College Walking Tour

Combo: Cambridge University Graduate-Guided Punting & College Walking Tour

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Combine two classic Cambridge experiences into one tour—a walking tour of Cambridge University and a punting cruise along the Cam River. First, embark on a tour of the prestigious university colleges and get an insight into student life from your Cambridge University graduate guide. After admiring architectural highlights like King’s College, Trinity College, and The Senate House, hop aboard a traditional punt for a cruise. As you glide along the river banks, enjoy unbeatable views of The Backs, the picturesque parks, and colleges that line the waterfront.
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  • 3 hours
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Interactive Walking Tour of Cambridge University

Interactive Walking Tour of Cambridge University

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We provide a fully interactive and immersive tour which is not available anywhere else in Cambridge. We don't just rely on our expert knowledge to paint you a picture of the history of Cambridge. We use images and even ancient artifacts, some up to 5000 years old, which you can touch and hold in your hand! Take a walk through time as you step through Cambridge Universities unique and ancient past, and discover the legends and tales which make this amazing city and university so unique!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Cambridge University Graduate-Guided Punting & Walking Tour

Private Cambridge University Graduate-Guided Punting & Walking Tour

Your 90-minute private walking tour is led by a current student or graduate of Cambridge University and you will see all the most famous colleges and landmarks along with an authentic insight into student life. Your 50-minute private punting tour gives you the opportunity to see eight of the most famous Cambridge Colleges from Darwin College to Magdelene College and nine bridges from the Mathematical Bridge to the Bridge of Sighs all while being punted by a professionally trained local student-guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private: Graduate-Guided Punting & Walking Tour With Professional Photographer

Private: Graduate-Guided Punting & Walking Tour With Professional Photographer

Your 90-minute private walking tour is led by a current student or graduate of Cambridge University and you will see all the most famous colleges and landmarks along with authentic student insights. Your 50-minute private punting tour gives you the opportunity to see eight of the most famous Cambridge Colleges from Darwin College to Magdelene College and nine bridges from the Mathematical Bridge to the Bridge of Sighs all while being punted by a professionally trained local student-guide. In addition, your professional photographer is on hand to take exquisite photos of your private group as you roam the cobbled streets of Cambridge and glide along the River Cam.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Comprehensive Cambridge Collection: 4 podcast walks to discover the city

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Comprehensive Cambridge Collection: 4 podcast walks to discover the city

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Love podcasts? You'll love our immersive walking tours of Cambridge! The digital audio guide can be downloaded anytime directly on your smartphone! We've teamed up with expert historians, storytellers and students to give you a unique and engaging experience of Cambridge! Our tours will take you to some of Cambridge's most iconic landmarks as well as taking you off the beaten track and away from the crowds to discover some of Cambridge's lesser known gems! Our first podcast tour will give you an introduction to Cambridge, where you'll learn what its really like to study at the University of Cambridge. The next tour will guide you along the scenic routes of the Backs where you'll be able to get a picturesque & unique view of the River Cam. The Instagram tour will show you many unusual spots & hidden gems while also taking you through iconic attractions. Our final tour will allow you to uncover the extraordinary inventions that have been born out of this beautiful university town.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Cambridge Student Life: COVID-safe immersive podcast walk

Cambridge Student Life: COVID-safe immersive podcast walk

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Love podcasts? You'll love our immersive walking tour of Cambridge! The digital audio guide can be downloaded anytime directly on your smartphone! We've teamed up with expert historians, storytellers and students to give you a unique and engaging experience of Cambridge! Join local historian & PHD student, Katie as we discover the story behind the birth of Cambridge University and what it’s like to be a student at Cambridge! On this self-guided podcast tour, we'll discover the beautiful picturesque city of Cambridge and get a more intimate look at the culture, history, and soul of this famous town. Visit some of the most famous colleges and get acquainted with their various traditions (both familiar and odd), student's lives, and fun facts about their past.
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  • 35 to 45 minutes
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Riverside self-guided walk and picturesque views of Cambridge Colleges

Riverside self-guided walk and picturesque views of Cambridge Colleges

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Love podcasts? You'll love our immersive walking tour of the Cambridge Backs! The digital audio guide can be downloaded anytime directly on your smartphone! We've teamed up with expert historians, storytellers and students to give you a unique and engaging experience of Cambridge! Join local historian & PHD student, Katie, for an excursion down one of Cambridge’s most scenic and peaceful routes; the Backs. Incidentally, the Backs is the area that runs along many of Cambridge’s famous colleges and the walk is studded with beautiful architecture, a quaint wooden bridge, sprawling green spaces, and quirky stories. We'll begin the podcast tour alongside the river at Scudamore's Quayside Walk over the wooden bridge of Silver Street and immerse yourself in Cambridge's history and moving stories. The tour will walk us through student life and will give us magnificent views of King's College and its Chapel. Don't forget to bring your camera for some breathtaking views of the river Cam!
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  • 35 minutes to 1 hour
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Private Virtual Walking and Punting Tour of Cambridge

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Private Virtual Walking and Punting Tour of Cambridge

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Enjoy an immersive 105 minute video experience that captures the beauty and wonder of Cambridge. Accompanied by our expert tour guide, you will first explore the cobbled streets by foot. You then go punting on the river as you glide through the Backs and the beautiful college grounds. The landmarks visited are the very best Cambridge has to offer and you will enjoy a unique and unbroken perspective. Time is taken to appreciate the intricacies of the architecture on display with extensive panoramic and close-up shots provided. Your Cambridge tour guide provides a captivating commentary throughout, combining historical expertise with memorable stories. Your tour can be accessed at any time of your choosing from anywhere in the world with lifetime access. Also included is a free map of Cambridge with tour-route & landmarks highlighted. If you are booking a trip to Cambridge, your tour can help plan your itinerary. On arrival, it can be used as a self-guided walking tour of Cambridge.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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