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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.

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Cambridge: University Alumni Tour with King's College Option

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

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.

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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, 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, one of the best known not-so-secret societies of the University.

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Cambridge: Chauffeured Punting Tour

4. 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.

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Cambridge: Historic Walking Tour

5. 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 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.

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Cambridge: University Punting and Walking Tour

6. 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 after your walking tour and will include an experienced local guide who will explain the famous history of 8 colleges and 9 bridges along the River Cam. You are welcome to bring refreshments on board and will be welcomed to a free punting lesson during your tour.

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Cambridge Guided Punt: 45-Minute Shared Tour

7. 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.

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Cambridge: Shared University Punt Tour

8. Cambridge: Shared University Punt Tour

This 50-minute chauffeured punt tour covers the “college backs” with seven of the most prestigious colleges of Cambridge University. While you are guided through this beautiful stretch of river, you will be regaled with history of the stunning architecture and scenery that surrounds you. Soak up hundreds of years of history as you enjoy Cambridge's traditional pastime on a shared punt tour. This punt tour is a great way to see Cambridge's sights for less as you share the punt boat with other customers.

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Cambridge: City Highlights Walking Tour

9. 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.

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Cambridge: Secret Society Exploration Game and Tour

10. 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 can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

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Frequently asked questions about Cambridge, UK

What top attractions are a must-see in 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 1,573 reviews

Sonya gave an informative and energetic tour of Cambridge. She delivered great background info, was knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions, and was super well spoken.

Guide was really friendly; weather was about as good as we could hope for considering it was December; the boat ride was smooth sailing!

It was both educational and entertaining, really recommend it! Thanks for the great tour Francesco!

Fab tour! Guide was knowledgeable and good sense of humour. Would recommend every time!

Excellent tour with amazing tour guide. Thoroughly enjoyed it.