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University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

The Old Schools, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, United Kingdom, CB2 1TN

The Basics

Many of the Cambridge University colleges, libraries, and museums are open to the public; the best way to discover the history of the complex is on a walking tour. Tours typically cover Trinity College, home to the Wren Library and the Trinity College Chapel; Queens' College, which lies along the Cam Riverfront and harbors the Mathematical Bridge; and King’s College, where you can admire Rubens’ Adoration of the Magi in the King's College Chapel.

Visit Cambridge on a day trip from London; it’s possible to combine it with a visit to Oxford, home to another one of England’s prestigious universities.

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Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
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$58.21 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Cambridge walking tour
Our guide Francesco was very personable and knowledgeable. He made the stories interesting and brought history to life in his narrative. I would highly recommend!
Gregory_B, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cambridge

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Excellent way to understand Cambridge
Lori_L, Nov 2021
Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
We enjoyed our walking tour. The guide did a good job of helping us with understanding the history and how the university worked. Some great stories that we still remember and have told friends. The punting tour was not included as the operator was not working so they gave us our money back for this portion.
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Sophie was so...
Stephanie_O, Oct 2021
Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
Sophie was so informative, loved the whole tour. Such a beautiful town with so much history. It was also a beautiful time of year with the leaves changing, gave it such a lovely character
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October sunshine tour!
Ann_T, Oct 2021
Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
Learnt so much about Cambridge, great guides, Becky on the walk & Sammy on the punt A beautiful city
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Punting is the best thing about Cambridge.
Daniel_B, Aug 2021
Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
My girlfriend and I had the best time! The walking tour showcased the main historical highlights of the university of Cambridge and its Colleges, as well as some hidden gems filled with anecdotes of infamous rumours of the Colleges. The punting was fabulous! Best thing we did in Cambridge - no better way to enjoy the city.
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brilliantly well informed and a very easy person to talk and walk around with.
Lata_G, Aug 2021
Private 2-Hour Cambridge Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Sophy was most admirable as our guide, loads of facts, both fun,interesting and important, absolutely on her fingertips. She was extremely gentle, genial and personable to spend time with, and a brilliant manner to allow us to ask any type of question, and many times on subjects which were a bit controversial too. We spoke with the utmost respect and left with a lot more than just a tour. An afternoon very very pleasantly spent and with an amazing person. Left us wanting more...
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Walking and punting tour
June_R, Oct 2021
Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
The punting was very relaxing and learnt some great snippets about Cambridge and the colleges. Would recommend
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Good Information
Geoffrey_R, Dec 2019
Private 2-Hour Cambridge Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Our tour guide was enthusiastic and full of knowledge. Highly recommend this tour. Moderate walking.
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Reunion Tour
Glenn_M, Oct 2021
Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
40 year University reunion for 12 people Great tour - Becky was a great host making the whole event very enjoyable - loved every minute of it
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Excellent tour!
Carola C, Jul 2019
Oxford and Cambridge Universities day tour from London
We took this tour with guide John, and driver, Ben - and it was outstanding. They kept to the scheduled times, were very knowledgeable, excellent storytelling/history lesson, clearly passionate about the areas - and got our large group in and out of the buildings, with a little time to shop and eat before we had to reboard the bus. It's a long day, but I highly recommend.
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Quick overview of celebrated university towns
Louise_G, Sep 2019
Oxford and Cambridge Universities day tour from London
Evans and Evans tour took us to both Cambridge and Oxford as a long day trip. It does take 2 hours on the bus to get from London to Cambridge and then another 2 hours from Cambridge to Oxford and then 2 hours home again. YOu can do the math and realise that time in each town only gives you a flavour of the amazing history of these places. All the main sites were covered and good tips about where to get souvenirs were given. If you have time I would pick one university town to do a more thorough visit, but as the highlights were so amazing eg Christchurch College Oxford, I thought the trip well worth it
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Great tour from Becky
Toby_G, Oct 2021
Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
Becky was a fantastic guide! Very informative whilst keeping things fun and engaging! Have a really good look into student life!
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A first class tour of the...
Gordon_J, Sep 2021
Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
A first class tour of the Colleges followed by an excellent punt down the Cam. Chris our walking tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. We strongly recommend this tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Some of the best views of the university colleges can be found along the waterfront of the Cam River—an area known as The Backs, as the colleges back onto the riverfront.

  • The historic center of Cambridge is easy to get around on foot; most of the colleges are within walking distance of each other so ensure you’re wearing sturdy footwear.

  • Many of the colleges charge an admission fee or require you to visit as part of a tour.

  • Most college buildings are fully wheelchair- and stroller-accessible.

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How to Get There

The University of Cambridge is located in the city of Cambridge, 65 miles (105 kilometers) north of London. It’s a 1.5-hour drive along the M11 or a 1.5-hour journey by train, which depart regularly from London King’s Cross station.

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When to Get There

Though it’s possible to admire the college exteriors at any time, college visits are limited to certain times of the year, especially during exam periods around Easter. By far the most popular time to visit is in July and August, when the colleges are open daily and huge crowds descend on the city center. If visiting independently, it’s worth timing your visit for early or late in the day to avoid the crowds. Punting is possible along the River Cam from April through October.

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Things to Do in Cambridge

In addition to visiting the university colleges, there’s plenty of other things to do while you’re in Cambridge. A quintessential activity is punting along the River Cam, lined with landmarks such as the Bridge of Sighs and The Backs. A visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum should be top of the itinerary for art and history enthusiasts, while other landmarks include St. Mary’s Church and the Corpus Clock at Corpus Christi College. For the most impressive views, head to the Magdalene Bridge or take a stroll through Cambridge Botanical Gardens.

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