Cambridge, England Walking tours

Our most recommended Cambridge, England Walking tours

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.

Cambridge: Guided Historic Walking Tour

3. Cambridge: Guided Historic Walking Tour

Your tour will begin in the historic heart of Cambridge, near to the old Roman road. You will see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built by monks in the 12th century for travellers. Continue on to see three of the famous Cambridge colleges: St John's, Trinity (with its 34 Nobel Prize winners) and Gonville and Caius. Once you arrive in the geographical centre of Cambridge you will learn about the Great St Mary's Church and the University's 18th century Senate House where graduation ceremonies are held. Enjoy the splendour of King's College Chapel, built over a hundred years by five kings. Through your professional guide, learn the fascinating history of Cambridge's newest attraction, the Corpus Christi clock, unveiled by Stephen Hawking in 2008. Your guide will accompany you to the 11th century Church of St Bene't where townsfolk have been worshipping since it was built in 1030. A short stroll will lead you to the famous Eagle Pub, home to a lot of fascinating stories that your guide will be sure to regale you with. Finish outside the old Cavendish Laboratory where 29 Nobel Prizes were won and where modern physics was invented.

Cambridge: 2-Hour Private University Walking Tour

4. Cambridge: 2-Hour Private University Walking Tour

Your tour starts in the city center where you'll be given a brief timeline of all the interesting and peculiar things and events that make Cambridge University famous. Moving forward, cover Cambridge’s key sights such as its oldest church, and best-known laboratory, which hosted world-renowned scientists. You will taken to the best photo spots to capture landmarks including King’s College Chapel, the Mathematical Bridge, and Trinity College. Hear from your student guide as they highlight the local color and share little-known secrets such as what Henry VIII is holding above the gate of Trinity College and what special privileges the fellows of St. John’s share with the Royal Family. For a truly tailored experience, customize your tour to your preferences. From specific start and end times to special topics of interest. This tour can provide a closer focus on the University’s academic history, scientific achievements, or on outstanding women at Cambridge.

Cambridge University: Ghost Tour Led by University Alumni

5. 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: City Highlights Walking Tour

6. Cambridge: City Highlights Walking Tour

Learn from your expert local guide and make the most of your time during your stay in Cambridge. Guides are professionally trained and hold either a Blue or Green Badge awarded by the Institute of Tourist Guiding and are members of the Society of Cambridge Tourist Guides. Explore the city and discover Cavendish Laboratory. Here, atoms were split, particles were discovered and DNA was resolved, among other important scientific discoveries. Also, visit the grand Senate House and the Corpus Clock (locally known as the Grasshopper Clock) with it’s intriguing symbolism. A tour of Cambridge wouldn’t be complete without passing some of the university colleges. Pass by Corpus Christi College, King’s, Gonville & Caius and Trinity.

Cambridge: University Guided Walking Tour & Punting

7. Cambridge: University Guided Walking Tour & Punting

Discover Cambridge’s beautiful architecture and fascinating history on a guided walking tour and a river cruise. Walk in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest minds as your take you through Cambridge’s cobbled streets. Float along the Cam River in a wooden punt boat. Meet your guide at the 16th-century Great St Mary's Church and begin your walking tour through the historic center. View sights like the college gates and the historical center and enjoy an experience that combines history, local knowledge, student stories, and urban myths. Climb aboard a traditional punt boat for a quintessential Cambridge experience. Glide along the river and take in views of the city from water as your guide provides facinating commentary. Pass by 7 of the university's colleges along the way.

Cambridge: Places and People Walking Tour

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

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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!! :)

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

Great tour,lots of.information and interesting details that I wouldn't have known otherwise.

Jonny our guide was amusing & knowledgable - very enjoyable

The Tommy the guide was very friendly and knowledgeable.