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Cambridge: Walking Tour led by Alumni with Kings College

1. Cambridge: Walking Tour led by Alumni with 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: University Walking Tour and Punting Cruise

2. Cambridge: University Walking Tour and Punting Cruise

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. On this 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. Discover 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 more. Begin the punting tour 30 minutes after your walking tour. Learn about the famous history of 8 colleges and 9 bridges along the River Cam with a local guide. Bring refreshments on board, if you like, and enjoy a free punting lesson during your tour.

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: Guided Decolonial Walking Tour

4. 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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What people are saying about Great St Mary's Church

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We had never visited Cambridge before so this tour gave us a lot of interesting information in a memorable way without eating into too much of our short stay.

Johnny was a fabulous guide! He was engaging and gave us the inside story on so much of Cambridge life and history. I highly recommend him and your services.

Both Francisco and Ben were very engaging. Brilliant way of getting a feel for Cambridge in a short time.

An interesting and informative guide by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide

Comprehensive. Knowledgeable and personable guide.