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  • Cambridge: Guided Punting Tour

    1. Cambridge: Guided Punting Tour

    This 45-minute chauffeured 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 the comfortable seats that feature traditional cushions and blankets. Enjoy interesting historic commentary from your chauffeur, 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.

    Really enjoyed this private punting trip. The guide expertly sailed us through all the boats and gave a non-intrusive commentary on all the colleges. Would thoroughly recommend.

  • Cambridge: University Alumni Tour with King's College Option

    2. Cambridge: University Alumni Tour with King's College Option

    Take part in an historical walking tour of some of the most famous colleges in Cambridge and learn more about student life at one of the world's most prestigious universities from a University of Cambridge graduate guide. See where DNA was discovered, visit famous chapels and libraries and listen to fascinating anecdotes from your graduate guide. See where Prince Charles, Sir Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking studied, and take in the lovely views of ancient architecture along the way. 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 & grounds of King's College and Queens' College, founded in 1448 by Margaret of Anjou. Admire the city's most recognizable buildings, including The Senate House, Great St Mary’s Church...

    Clare was an outstanding tour guide!! She was very knowledgeable and passionate about her alma mater and “home” town. She shared enlightening and amusing historical and personal anecdotes. All your guides should be so great.

  • Cambridge: City and University Tour including King's College

    3. 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, ...

    Sonya was so knowledgeable and took us on an excellent walk around Cambridge. We thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon

  • Cambridge: University Punting and Walking Tour

    4. Cambridge: University Punting and Walking Tour

    A Cambridge University graduate guide will take you on an enthralling journey through time as you recount the colorful story of Cambridge and its famous university. Receive a wonderful insight into student life.  On this walking tour you will 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. The tour will cover sights such as Trinity Hall College, Trinity College, Corpus Christi College, Pembroke College, Queens’ College, King’s College, Clare College, The Senate House, Gonville and Caius College, St Catherine’s College, Great St Mary’s Church, The Eagle Pub, Corpus Christi college, The Round Church and much more. Your punting tour will begin 30 minutes ...

    walking tour was good but a look inside the university buildings would be a good addition to 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

    If you're looking for a unique way to see and explore Cambridge, simply hop on a City Sightseeing Cambridge bus! The unmistakable red, open-topped double deckers operate via 19 stops all over the City, taking you on an unmissable tour of all the city's top tourist attractions. Buy a great value ticket and you can hop-on and hop-off at any of the stops throughout the day, giving you the chance to visit the historic City centre, the University Colleges, the world famous Backs and the River Cam, the University Botanic Garden, the Fitzwilliam Museum and much, much more - including the American World War II Memorial and Cemetery at Madingley. You can combine your bus tour with a punting tour, and the on-board commentary comes in a choice of languages. Wherever you come from, make your first stop in Cambridge a City Sightseeing bus stop! Your Tour Itinerary Stop 1 - Silver S...

    As with all the hop on hop off buses they are very interesting and great VFM we have used several already and have already booked one for Glasgow next week

  • 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.

    Wonderful experience. Beautiful Scenery! Our guide Arthur was extremely knowledgeable and funny! We were so lucky to have him as our guide!

  • Cambridge: City Highlights Walking Tour

    7. 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.

    Mary was excellent. Friendly, informative and engaging. She took the trouble to find the interests in everyone in our group and tailored the tour accordingly. Would highly recommend.

  • Cambridge: Historic Walking Tour

    8. Cambridge: 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 wa...

  • Cambridge: Secret Society Exploration Game and Tour

    9. Cambridge: Secret Society Exploration Game and Tour

    Explore Cambridge through the eyes of someone living in medieval Britain, under the rule of Tudors. Discover the city’s favorite landmarks by solving clues in an exploration game on your smartphone. Begin at the stunning Corpus Clock, visit some of the top Cambridge college campuses, and marvel at the fascinating Round Church. Play the role of a student at Cambridge who joined a secret society. “The Gentle Chroniclers” fight to preserve books deemed revolutionary and prohibited by the king. Your mission: locate the valuable book, “Call to Uprising” — a volume that a fellow member had hidden before being captured.  You are only one who can find the book before they do. Each riddle you solve will lead you from one place to another, with exact directions, so no need for a map or GPS. Figure out the clues and the secret story of that place is revealed. If you are a large group, one person...

    Great way to explore Cambridge with an 11 and 13 year old. We really enjoyed it!

  • Cambridge Guided Punt: 45-Minute Shared Tour

    10. Cambridge Guided Punt: 45-Minute Shared Tour

    This 45-minute College Backs tour offers the ideal introduction to Cambridge’s long and eventful history. Discover how the city has evolved from medieval market town to world-class center for education whilst enjoying spectacular views from the river. This tour is the best way to showcase Cambridge. Your guide will have a passion for history and a talent for sharing that with you. From the Gothic splendor of King’s College Chapel to the classical elegance of the Wren Library, your guide will ensure that you don’t miss a thing.  The guides are at your service come rain or shine, so come and experience Cambridge’s most popular tour.

    It was amazing, kinda wish it was more private- we assumed booking for 3 meant we wouldn't have to share but we still did with other groups It was still super fun, we're not really the type to usually opt-in for guided tours, but this one is a must for everyone. Our tour guide, Leaf was funny, he was interactive and wasn't the boring guided tour, instead made it quite fun sharing some exciting facts, that I surpringly still remember.

Frequently asked questions about Cambridge, UK

Planning Your Visit

  • How to Get Around Cambridge?

    As a student town, there are large areas of Cambridge that are easily walkable. You can also bike around or take local buses. Taxis and trains are available at your convenience too.

  • What is the weather in Cambridge like?

    Unsurprisingly, the warmest summer month is August. You'll find the most rain in December and the coldest temperatures in January. Generally, the whole summer is pleasant even though winters can be quite cold.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    British Pound (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +44
  • Best time to visit
    The best time to visit Cambridge depends on your itinerary. If you want to see the university in full swing, the fall and spring semesters are best. If you're more interested in sightseeing and enjoying a sunny stroll or two, you're better off visiting in summer.

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What people are saying about Cambridge, UK

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,391 reviews

Really enjoyed this private punting trip. The guide expertly sailed us through all the boats and gave a non-intrusive commentary on all the colleges. Would thoroughly recommend.

Great experience, very entertaining, Harry was a brilliant guide, well informed and generally did a great job, thanks Harry!

Great time punting. Our guid was very friendly and informative. Would highly recommend.

Our guide Sonya was very knowledgeable and answered many questions.

excellent knowledgeable guide. very interesting tour