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University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

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695 Reviews
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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$59.69 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A lovely day, and a perfect way to see Cambridge.
Ari was an enthusiastic, humorous guide who led us expertly round the colleges. We learned many interesting facts. The weather was glorious which made the punt on the river fabulous. Our guide took us expertly along the river sharing his knowledge of Cambridge as we went. It was a lovely day, and a perfect way to see Cambridge.
Andrew_C, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cambridge

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Short stay
bazzer588, Sep 2021
Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
Went on Combi,university and punt tour.Both guides were very informative and comical with their stories about our surroundings.Would certainly recommend the trip.
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Excellent walking tour of...
Michael_M, Sep 2021
Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
Excellent walking tour of Cambridge. Special thanks to Claire for making the tour interesting and enjoyable
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Punting is the best thing about Cambridge.
DanielBurnside, 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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Great experience
beata_c, Sep 2021
Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
I would highly recommend booking this punting and walking tours. Very knowledgeable with sense of humour guides.
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Good Information
Magicrancher, 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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Great walking tour and river trip.
MargaretD, Aug 2021
Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
Great tour with Ari today. Lots of facts about the city and the university delivered confidently and with lots of appropriate humour. We then had a lovely river trip on a punt with Max. Very relaxing after the walking tour. I really recommend this combined tour.
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Excellent
Jane-e, Aug 2021
Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
Claire was brilliant she knew here history and we went away knowing a lot about Cambridge also our punting ride was very good young lad was lovely
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Walking tour
Nick_T, Aug 2021
Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
Joseph was very knowledgable, engaging with the group and made the walking tour fun. Well worth doing the tour
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Lovely Tour
Reham_E, Aug 2021
Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
Both guides were really good and offered a lot of information and guidance about Cambridge. Not sure about the name of our punting guide’s name, but the walking tour guide was Becky.
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Great guide!
Shreya_N, Jul 2021
Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
Loved the stories of the pranks and the different anecdotes related to the different building. Georgie was also great at connecting to different tour members individually making everyone feel personally welcome and not just part of a tour. She was very bright and cheerful and helpful till the end. :)
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Exceptional
Steven_L, Jul 2021
Distanced | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
Walking around Cambridge with a tour guide that was very knowledgeable around the surrounding area was just a dream. What an amazing city. Really enjoyed the walk and then the punting on the boat.

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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