Cambridge, England Culture & history

Our most recommended Cambridge, England Culture & history

Cambridge Uni Tour Led By Alumni w/ Optional Kings College

1. Cambridge Uni Tour Led By Alumni w/ Optional Kings College

Discover some of the most famous colleges in Cambridge. Learn more about student life at one of the world's most prestigious universities from a University of Cambridge graduate guide. Visit famous chapels and libraries and listen to fascinating anecdotes. See where Prince Charles, Sir Isaac Newton, and Stephen Hawking studied. Stroll from King's College on King's Parade and pass landmarks such as Trinity Hall College, Trinity College, and Corpus Christi College. Look inside Pembroke College and marvel at the vaulted ceiling of King's College Chapel. Admire The Senate House, Great St Mary’s Church, and The Eagle pub where Watson and Crick announced they had discovered the secret of life.

Cambridge: City and University Tour including King's College

2. Cambridge: City and University Tour including King's College

This Cambridge University and city tour introduces you to the crucial role of Cambridge in world history and highlights the city’s architectural wonders with entry to King’s College Chapel.  Start your tour from the city center and hear a brief timeline of all the interesting and peculiar things that makes Cambridge famous. Head to the city's oldest church, college, and the laboratory which has hosted important scientific milestones. Visit landmarks like the Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College and the Senate House.  The highlight of this tour is the stunning King's College Chapel. Home to the largest fan vaulted ceiling in the world, admire its majestic stained glass windows, and a Rubens painting. Learn about the chapel's long architectural history and relationship to former kings and queens.  During the tour, your student guide will share their experiences of the college system, tell you about the rowing frenzy at Cambridge, and let you into local secrets such as the protective measure some colleges take against the Night Climbers.

From London: Oxford and Cambridge Universities Tour

3. From London: Oxford and Cambridge Universities Tour

Explore the grounds of Oxford and Cambridg on guided walking tours with this full-day trip aboard a comfortable bus from London. Dive into the stories behind these institutions and hear your guide clearly with the provided headsets.  Hop aboard the spacious bus at Victoria Station and relax on the drive across the Chiltern Hills to Oxford, the 'City of Dreaming Spires,' whose hushed courtyards have inspired generations of scholars like Bill Clinton, Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Begin your guided walking tour and visit the Christ Church college, where Harry Potter scenes were filmed. See the Bodleian Library and the picture-perfect college courtyards for which Oxford is justifiably famous. Get back on the bus for the trip to Cambridge, a living city that has shaped history and today reflects the best of historic and contemporary life. Enter the grounds which inspired figures like Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton,and many of the Monty Python group. Discover the magnificent chapel of Kings College on a guided walking tour. Stroll thorugh a city filled with beautiful buildings and historical quirks, including the famous Bridge of Sighs. Return to Victoria Station in London at the end of your tour. 

Cambridge: Places and People Walking Tour

4. Cambridge: Places and People Walking Tour

Enjoy a tour that will show you all of the key sights in the historic heart of Cambridge. See and learn about some of the famous colleges, such as Trinity, St John's, King's, Gonville and Caius and Corpus Christi. Visit the world-renowned Old Cavendish Laboratory where the electron, the proton, the neutron, and the structure of DNA were discovered. Along the way, visit some of Cambridge's historic churches, such as St. Bene't's which dates from the early 11th-century. Its Saxon origins make it the oldest church in the county of Cambridgeshire. You will also see the majestic King's College Chapel which took over 100 years to build. 

Cambridge: Women’s History Walking Tour

5. Cambridge: Women’s History Walking Tour

Discover the history behind the incredible women who shaped Cambridge on this guided walking tour. Find out how Cambridge women changed education for women across the globe.  Meet your guide at King's College and begin your tour. Track the course of the women’s suffrage movement as you see Millicent Fawcett’s house. Learn the essential difference between suffragist and suffragette.  Admire the Coe Fen meadowland and the Museum of Classical Archaeology. See the King's, Queens', Pembroke, Darwin, and Caius colleges. Stand in Market square and view Guildhall, Senate House, and Gonville.  Hear about how a woman caused Cambridge to be founded and discover why wealthy women funded male-only colleges. Be inspired by great female scientists and writers that shaped the modern history of the city.

Cambridge: Guided Decolonial Walking Tour

6. Cambridge: Guided Decolonial Walking Tour

This introductory tour of Cambridge covers a range of ‘uncomfortable’ histories, from the tensions between town and gown, to the legacies of empire, the effects of racial inequality, the gender dynamics and discriminations that shaped the city and the university. These walking tours are talking tours: the guides will lead participants around the city and ask questions to spark respectful conversations inspired by the built environment. What should we do with controversial statues? How should nations teach their histories? Who has access to university education? The tour starts at the most iconic Camrbdige view, outside King’s College Chapel, to introduce participants to the violent context of the creation of the University. It then continues to the Great St Mary’s Church to talk about the historical destruction of archives, and how the violent confrontation in the past between townspeople and a privileged population of students has obscured what we know about the origins of the University. Participants will continue down Cambridge’s small cobblestone streets to the back of the Old Schools and discuss the increasingly global sources of wealth and power going back to the University, through the involvement of major donors in the slave trade. Local conflicts also benefited the town, as during the English Civil War with Cambridge as the seat of the Parliamentarian Cromwellian armies - looking back from “the Backs’, the group will start a conversation on the divided memory about Cromwell’s rule, in England but also in other parts of the world. The tour will then continue further away to the city centre to address the gendered geography of the city and the place of women in an historically masculine academic environment. Over the last few stops, the group will also discuss the question of diversifying the student body and the importance of representation, the complex question of reparations in the aftermath of empire, and the ways in which histories of sexuality have evolved, from persecution to belated celebration.

Guided Walking Tour of Historic Cambridge

7. Guided Walking Tour of Historic Cambridge

Take a guided walking tour that will make the city come alive. Cambridge is one of the most attractive cities in Britain, with a huge array of building styles and materials. The oldest building is St Benet's church which dates from the early 11th century and was built by the Saxon townspeople. Visit the historic Eagle pub which was acquired by Corpus Christi college in 1488. On the ceiling of the famous Royal Air Force bar are the serial numbers of 123 squadrons written in candle light by young airmen in World War II. Nearby is the Old Cavendish Laboratory, where Cambridge scientists changed our understanding of the physical world and pushed the boundaries of our knowledge. The electron, the proton, the neutron and the structure of DNA were all discovered there.  The 31 Cambridge Colleges offer a rich variety of buildings. You will see a good spread of them, depending on which route you choose (the tour content is adjusted to meet the interests and needs of the client). The most famous building is the magnificent King's College chapel which dominates the city skyline. You will also see other medieveal colleges such as Trinity College, St John's, Clare, Corpus Christi, Pembroke, Queens', St Catherine's and Gonville and Caius. They all have their stories, traditions, and famous names. Several colleges allow visitors to enter their grounds and buildings, though there is often an entry fee. Only Cambridge Green Badge guides are allowed to take groups inside these colleges. The supplier can make all the required bookings.  Enjoy a walk down to the River Cam and see the much-photographed Mathematical Bridge and the many people enjoying a punt tour on the River Cam. Your guide can provide details of punting and of the many other attractions has to offer such as its eight University run museums. 

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What people are saying about Cambridge, England

Overall rating

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based on 625 reviews

Sophie was such an amazing tour guide! I learned so much about Cambridge in just an hour :) It was my 4th visit already in the city but felt like my first time. Hope she can guide more tourists like me who are hungry for facts!! :)

Charlotte was our guide for the tour. We enjoyed the tour and got lots of interesting information and insights into the application process which was very useful. Charlotte was knowledgable, friendly and accommodating.

Our guide (Sum) was great and she knew a ton about the different colleges and the history of Cambridge! Prepare to walk quite a bit but we really enjoyed it!

Our guide Tommy was exceptional - just the person we needed to meet! Thank you to him for being honest and inspirational.

The tour was very interesting and Becky, our guide, was super nice, knowledgeable and always happy to answer questions!