Cambridge, England Outdoor activities

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Cambridge: Guided Punting Tour

1. Cambridge: Guided Punting Tour

Discover Cambridge University on a guided punting tour along the River Cam. Hear more about student life as you see some of the historic colleges of one of the world's most reputable universities. This punting tour covers the entire length of the River Cam, along which the colleges of Cambridge University are located. Soak up more than 800 years of history as you take in the historic sights. Relax in comfortable seats that feature traditional cushions and blankets. Enjoy interesting historic commentary from your punter, along with some amusing Cambridge punting stories. The 7 colleges featured on the tour boast some of the most illustrious and influential alumni to have graduated from Cambridge. Hear tales of student life, academic and social, from Isaac Newton to Prince Charles.

Cambridge: Bridge of Sighs Punting Tour

2. Cambridge: Bridge of Sighs Punting Tour

Enjoy the best Cambridge punting tour on the River Cam and glide along the famous, private, and sublime College Backs. Discover the secrets and inspiring history of the city from your guide. Punted by your own chauffeur, travel under eight bridges, including the famous Bridge of Sighs. Coast past the Wren Library and the Mathematical Bridge. See the pristine gardens and soak up the views of the stunning King's College Chapel. Relax as your guides tell you interesting facts and stories that focus on Cambridge. You'll hear about the renowned university, the riverside colleges, as well as the spectacular buildings that you pass as you drift through the College Backs. Book a place on a shared tour that seats up to 12 people, with 3 people per row. The punts are dressed with plush cushions, snug blankets are equipped with little tables.

Cambridge: Walking, Punting, & Bus Tour with King's College

3. Cambridge: Walking, Punting, & Bus Tour with King's College

Explore the historic halls of Cambridge University on a guided walking tour led by a graduate. Visit famous colleges, including King's College and Pembroke College before embarking on a Cambridge punting tour and open top bus tour. If you are short on time, you are able to book various combinations of the above tours to suit your schedule. On this graduate-led walking tour, see where famous alumni studied including Prince Charles, Sir Isaac Newton, and Stephen Hawking. Visit famous chapels and libraries, listen to anecdotes and see where the structure of D.N.A was discovered all while taking in views of famous architecture with over 800 years of history. Book the King's College ticket option to ensure you see inside King's College Chapel with the highest vaulted ceiling of any chapel in the world. Discover famous landmarks such as Trinity Hall College, Trinity College, Corpus Christi College, Pembroke College, Queens’ College, King’s College, Clare College, Gonville, and Caius College, St Catherine’s College, Great St Mary’s Church, The Eagle Pub, Corpus Christi College, Senate House, Round Church and much much more.... Your punting tour starts approximately 30 minutes after your walking tour. While you sit back and relax on your chauffeured punting cruise your local student guide is on hand to teach you about the famous history of 8 colleges and 9 bridges along the River Cam. Bring refreshments on board, if you like, and enjoy a free punting lesson during your tour. Your open top bus tour is an open ticket valid for 24 hours. You are able to start your bus tour at any point in the day from any bus stop in the city after your walking and punting tours have concluded.

Cambridge: Student-Guided 50-Minute Punting Tour

4. Cambridge: Student-Guided 50-Minute Punting Tour

See 8 of the most famous Cambridge colleges from Darwin to Magdelene and 9 bridges from the Mathematical Bridge to the Bridge of Sighs. You also have the option to book this tour as a private tour and the option to book the tour with a professional photographer who will be along to capture photo memories of your experience.  Your knowledgeable local guides are professional, educated and promise to be a lot of fun while giving a detailed explanation of historical facts and exciting stories. While being punted along the river Cam, you will have time to ask questions and take photos of the most famous architecture in Cambridge. During your tour, simply ask your guide for a free punting lesson and they will be happy to help. Feel free to bring drinks and refreshments on-board, then enjoy the tour.

City Sightseeing Cambridge: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

5. City Sightseeing Cambridge: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Explore the best of Cambridge with this sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus. Go on a tour of the city's top tourist attractions on an open-topped double-deckers operate via 16 stops all over Cambridge. You can combine your bus tour with a punting tour, with onboard commentary in many languages. Hop on and hop off at any of the stops throughout the day, with the chance to visit the historic city center, the University Colleges, the world-famous Backs and the River Cam, the University Botanic Garden, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the American World War II Memorial, Cemetery at Madingley and more. Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Itinerary Stop 1: Silver Street  Stop 2: Downing Street Stop 3: St Andrews Street Stop 4: Chesterton Street Stop 5: Bridge Street Stop 6: Trinity Street (Sundays Only) Stop 7: Market Street (Sundays Only) Stop 8: Jesus Lane Stop 9: Drummer Street Stop 10: Parkside Stop 11: Hills Road Stop 12: Cambridge Railway Station Stop 13: Trumpington Road Stop 14: The Fitzwilliam Museum Stop 15: Silver Street Stop 16: Queen's Road Stop 17: Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial Stop 18: Madingley Road Stop 19: Grange Road

Cambridge: Chauffeured Punting Tour

6. Cambridge: Chauffeured Punting Tour

Upon arrival at the supplier's check in at the La Mimosa Landing Stage (CB5 8AQ), you will be greeted and booked on to the next available departing tour. Tours depart regularly throughout the day and hold up to 12 passengers. The tour lasts for 45-50 minutes and you will travel along the River Cam in Cambridge. During the trip you will pass by 7 riverside colleges: Kings, Queens, St Johns, Trinity, Trinity Hall, and Clare. Sights along the way include Kings College Chapel, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Wren Library. During the tour, your chauffuer will provide an interesting and informative historical commentary and answer any questions you may have.

Cambridge University: Ghost Tour Led by University Alumni

7. Cambridge University: Ghost Tour Led by University Alumni

Search for ghosts and hear the supernatural stories of Cambridge. See where Wordsworth made ghost spotting scientific, find the origin of the phrase ‘the skeleton in the cupboard’, and hear about the modern ghost story that made the national press. Find out why you might see horses floating around King’s Chapel, see if you can espy Oliver Cromwell’s ghost, and end up in the most haunted place in Cambridge. The age of the university, the even older age of the city, and the dank fens surrounding the city, are the perfect ingredients for spooky events. All our guides are either current or former students at the university. They have lived in drafty old college buildings, they have shivered in dark corners of the colleges, and some have even experienced the ghosts. This is all about hearing it from the horse’s mouth, and from those who will really give you a thrill. Hear about the digging up of dead bodies, learn about how witches were deal with in a supposedly educated city, and find out what sort of meat was burning in the marketplace. Find out about the nice ghost in the haunted bookshop and the unhappy ghosts of Corpus Christi. And finally, learn what to do if you hear a panting hound behind you. See classic Cambridge buildings from the outside, like Trinity College, Gonville and Caius College, Clare College, King’s Chapel, Haunted Bookshop, St Edward the Martyr Church, Market Square, Eagle Pub, Corpus Christi College, St Botolph’s Lane, Little St Mary’s Lane and Peterhouse. It covers ghost stories, but also throws in witches, gruesome happenings, and some of the less known history of the city.

Cambridge: Guided Shared River Punting Tour

8. Cambridge: Guided Shared River Punting Tour

Embark on a guided punting tour along the River Cam. Experience the famous Cambridge University from the water and pass notable colleges, including King’s College Chapel and the Wren Library. Enjoy an introduction to Cambridge’s long and eventful history on a river punting tour. Discover how the city has evolved from a medieval market town to a world-class center for education from your guide. Cruise past 8 colleges and 9 bridges whilst enjoying spectacular views from the River Cam. Sit back and relax as your guide propels the punt along the river and shares their passion for history with you. From the Gothic splendor of King’s College Chapel to the classical elegance of the Wren Library, glide past all major college buildings. Float by the oldest riverside college of Clare College. See the wooden Mathematical Bridge and hear of famous Queens' College alumnae. Pass under the beautiful Bridge of Sighs at St John's College.

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What people are saying about Cambridge, England

This is an excellent way to see the sights of Cambridge especially if you are time poor. So much history and beautiful architecture in one place. A comfortable way to travel and our guide, Will was entertaining and knowledgeable.

It was lovely! Our guide knew so much and was a great story teller. Such a relaxing activity.

Amazing guide! Boat was clean and everything was very efficiently dealt with.

The Tommy the guide was very friendly and knowledgeable.

Great way to see the city if you have limited time.