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How to Spend 2 Days in Cambridge

How to Spend 2 Days in Cambridge

Renowned for its academic excellence, ample scenery, and historical pedigree, Cambridge is one of the UK’s most charming cities—and two days offers just the right amount of time to explore its highlights. Tour its ancient colleges, go punting along the River Cam, and even take to the skies. Here’s how to plan the perfect 48 hours in Cambridge.

Day 1: A Cambridge Overview

**Morning:**Orient yourself on your first day in Cambridge—and enjoy a breezy overview of the city’s top attractions—during a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour. In the space of just an hour or two, you can zip past landmarks ranging from the Round Church to the Backs (the colleges’ tranquil meadows and lawns), all while enjoying the lofty vantage point.

**Afternoon:**After your introductory overview, hop off your bus, grab a bite at a local pub, and get ready to explore the city on a walking tour: Petite and atmospheric Cambridge rewards firsthand discovery. Thread your way through centuries-old backstreets, spy landmarks such as Senate House and Market Square, and learn about the many luminaries who have called the city home.

**Night:**As the sun starts to set, enjoy a special perspective on Cambridge that most visitors miss when you take to the skies aboard a private plane. Admire Cambridgeshire’s verdant patchwork of meadows and parks, trace the winding journey of the River Cam, and view the city’s historical spires from the air. 

Day 2: Colleges and Culture

**Morning:**Cambridge University comprises dozens of colleges, many of which have centuries of history (and the architecture to match). Begin your second day in town by visiting some of the city’s most prestigious academic enclaves. Venture into Trinity College, admire King’s College’s soaring chapel, wander Pembroke College’s sprawling grounds, and more.

**Afternoon:**Beyond its academic highlights, Cambridge is also a thriving cultural hub, and afternoon is the perfect time to enjoy a relaxed museum visit. Venture into the Fitzwilliam Museum to see masterworks by artists such as Picasso and Renoir, or head to the quaint Museum of Cambridge to learn more about the city’s past. In between excursions, don’t forget to drop by Fitzbillies for a gooey Chelsea bun.

**Night:**After a busy day of exploring, sit back, relax, and watch the sun set over the city during a punting journey down the River Cam. Punting—or traveling via flat-bottom river boat—is both a classic Cambridge pastime and the perfect way to glimpse local landmarks such as the Bridge of Sighs.

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Distanced | Cambridge University College Walking Tour Led By University Alumni

Distanced | Cambridge University College Walking Tour Led By University Alumni

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Experience one of the world’s most famous universities on a walking tour of the prestigious Cambridge University. Follow your guide, a University of Cambridge student, around architectural highlights like Trinity College, King’s College, and Corpus Christi College; see the halls where alumni like Sir Isaac Newton, C.S. Lewis, and John Harvard once walked; and peek into student haunts like The Eagle Pub. This small-group tour is limited to 20 people for a personal experience.
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City Sightseeing Cambridge Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Cambridge Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Witness exquisite architecture and verdant public spaces on this hop-on hop-off Cambridge sightseeing bus tour.  With your 24-hour pass, relax for the hour-long full tour, or design a personalized itinerary with 16 possible stops with easy access to Trinity College, King’s College Chapel, The Backs and more. Enjoy unobstructed views from the open-air viewing deck and fun onboard commentary as you savor this medieval university town.
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Private 2-Hour Cambridge Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide

Private 2-Hour Cambridge Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide

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Discover Cambridge the way you want, at the pace you want, on a private 2-hour walking tour. Use the flexible itinerary to tailor your sightseeing to your interests, and learn about the city’s history and university from your private guide. Choose to visit famous colleges like Trinity and Queens’, admire King’s College Chapel, or just absorb the atmosphere and architecture on a stroll through the medieval streets. Entrance fees at own expense.
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Private | Cambridge University College Walking Tour led by University Alumni

Private | Cambridge University College Walking Tour led by University Alumni

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Learn about the secrets of Cambridge University on this private guided walking tour. Explore the colleges with a knowledgeable insider—a former student. By going on a student-guided tour, you’ll be able to ask questions about what life at Cambridge was like, and hear fascinating anecdotes. You won’t have to worry about navigating as your guide will lead the way and take you to multiple colleges, chapels, and libraries.
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Historic Cambridge: A Guided Walking Tour

Historic Cambridge: A Guided Walking Tour

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We have for many years been the top-ranked Cambridge walking tour on Trip Advisor. We aim to make our tours fun as well as informative. We will take you through the extraordinary history of Cambridge and it's university, including some of the 110 Nobel Prize winners that have lived and worked here. We are all professional Cambridge Green Badge guides, accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding. This is a private tour for you and your companions only. The maximum group size is 20.
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Private Chauffeur Punt Tour

Private Chauffeur Punt Tour

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Float along the River Cam on a private punt just for you and your travel companions. You'll have the whole punt to yourselves, and will receive personalized attention from your guide. Pass the beautiful landmarks of Cambridge University and learn about their history while relaxing on this chilled-out river tour.
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Discover Cambridge and its region with a local pilot

Discover Cambridge and its region with a local pilot

See the highlights of Cambridge from above on this flight experience with a local pilot. Before the flight starts, discuss the route with the pilot so you know what to expect, then set off in a private plane. During the flight, access incredible aerial views of the city that you wouldn’t see otherwise, such as Cambridge University's King's College Chapel, and the South East of England coastline.
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