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Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge

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Cambridge: Guided Historic Walking Tour

1. Cambridge: Guided Historic Walking Tour

Your tour will begin in the historic heart of Cambridge. Continue on to see three of the famous Cambridge colleges: St John's, Trinity (with its 34 Nobel Prize winners) and Gonville and Caius. 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 University: Ghost Tour Led by University Alumni

2. 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: Cambridge and Empire Walking Tour

3. Cambridge: Cambridge and Empire Walking Tour

Join researchers at the University of Cambridge for a unique walking tour that explores the historic connections between the University of Cambridge and the British Empire. This tour outlines local entanglements with the transatlantic slave trade, Eugenics, and takes a close look at controversies surrounding museum collections and the development of certain academic disciplines at Cambridge. Through questions and discussion, participants will learn more about the local context behind on-going legacies of imperialism and will reflect on current issues of equality, academic subjectivity, and historical relevance. Tour will finish inside the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Accessibility: Mostly flat terrain, no steps, but with some cobblestoned streets in the city centre. Content note: This tour will include discussions of violence, enslavement, colonialism, and discrimination.

Cambridge Alumni-Led Walking & Bus Tour w/opt King's College

4. Cambridge Alumni-Led Walking & Bus Tour w/opt King's College

BECOME A TIME TRAVELER In just an hour and a half, walk through a thousand years of human history: from an Anglo-Saxon church tower to a contemporary (and controversial) clock that doesn’t even tell the time properly. See the rooms where Newton wrote his theory of gravity and hear the truth behind the apple tree myth. Visit the pub where Watson and Crick announced one of the greatest discoveries of the twentieth century. Marvel at some of the greatest examples of Gothic and Neoclassical architecture in the world. Inspiring, baffling, and downright outrageous: Cambridge is a city full of stories waiting to be told. THE STUDENT’S STORY Cambridge is nothing without its students, and it’s the students who make our walking tours so special. Combining a deep passion for the city’s history and architecture with the knowledge and experience of an insider, all our tour guides are either graduates or current students of the University of Cambridge. You hear all about what the students really get up to – from “college parents” to lavish May Balls and the dreaded all-nighters in-between. Which college is the poshest one, and which is the richest? Which one has a communist flag in its bar? As well as hearing it all from the horse’s mouth, you get to see inside up to two colleges, with highlights including the beautiful Pembroke College Chapel and gardens. This is the real Cambridge as experienced from within the college walls. Our classic 90-minute Cambridge tour covers some of the following highlights: Trinity Hall College Trinity College The Wren Library 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 The Corpus Clock The Round Church Famous town stories, and more… This is a shared walking tour conducted in English. All colleges entered on our classic tour route are included in your ticket price, however, college availability varies from day to day, meaning we cannot always guarantee specific college access. City Sightseeing is back! Our buses visit 18 locations with 9 different audio guides that allow everyone to enjoy the sights and sounds of Cambridge. Visit the beautiful Botanic Gardens, discover countless years of history at Cambridge’s many museums and explore our bustling retail hubs. Our buses stop by some of the best attractions around the city including, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Silver Street, The American Cemetery, Kettles Yard and so much more, there truly is something for everyone. As well as enjoying 360 panoramic views of the city by open-top bus, you can now experience Cambridge like never before with our multiple joint ticket options!

Cambridge: Walking, Punting & Bus Tour w/ opt King's College

5. Cambridge: Walking, Punting & Bus Tour w/ opt 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. On the graduate-led walking tour, see where famous alumni studied, including Prince Charles, Sir Isaac Newton, and Stephen Hawking. Visit chapels and libraries, listen to anecdotes, and see where the structure of D.N.A. was discovered, while admiring the 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 the exterior of famous buildings such as Trinity Hall College, Trinity College, Corpus Christi College, Pembroke College, Queens’ College, Clare College, Great St Mary’s Church, The Eagle Pub, Corpus Christi College, Senate House, and the Round Church. After discovering the University on foot, enjoy a punting tour on the River Cam. Sit back and relax on your chauffeured punting cruise, as your local guide shared the history of the 8 colleges and 9 bridges along the River Cam. Bring refreshments on board, if you like, and enjoy a punting lesson. Then, explore the city on an open-top bus tour with an open ticket that is valid for 24 hours. You can 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. Enjoy a unique view of the city's landmarks as you ride around the city.

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What people are saying about Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge

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4.8 / 5

based on 100 reviews

Very interesting and engaging 90 minutes. Johnny covered a lot of history and offered a great mix of stories, Q&A and overview - it appealed to both adults and the kids in our group and was delivered with humour and humility. Super afternoon!

Tony very entertainingly knowledgeable. An enjoyable 1 hour 40 mins. A challenge for future groups- try to get him to say the word - Oxford. Bet you can’t.

This is an absolute must do. Tony our guide is very knowledgeable but also very funny. We had a great time

Amazing informative interesting sense of humour incredible knowledge great walking tour Tony

Excellent local knowledge and a pleasure to have a Cambridge alumni as our guide