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University of Cambridge
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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Shared | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
Shared | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
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$59.43 per adult
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Wonderful experience
Enjoyed our walking tour with Francesco with his knowledge and enthusiasm. The highlight was the punting experience which took us down the beautiful and scenic River Cam with our informative guide Henry. Highly recommended
Anthony_T, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cambridge

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Elvira is a wonderful...
Erodiades_N, May 2022
Shared | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
Elvira is a wonderful guide sharing very interesting knowledge of the University and inspiring student life experience Many thanks for this great moment
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Great walking tour
Jackie_P, May 2022
Shared | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
Our guide for the walking tour Sophie was very knowledgeable and very personable. Shared personal stories as well as general information. Very enjoyable tour
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Lovely tour — interesting and informative.
David_H, Apr 2022
Historic Cambridge: A Guided Walking Tour
Excellent storytelling of the history. Good answers to our questions. Good explanation of how life is today for students and faculty.
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Ben was knowledgeable and...
Caitlin_L, Apr 2022
Private | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour led by University Alumni
Ben was knowledgeable and friendly. He was a real pleasure to spend time with. We enjoyed the tour and learned a lot.
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Delightful and informative
Samir_L, Apr 2022
Historic Cambridge: A Guided Walking Tour
One of the best visits, Tony was very friendly and helpful. Overall it was very delightful and informative tour.
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Sophie was a brilliant...
Emily_F, Apr 2022
Shared | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
Sophie was a brilliant tour guide, the tour was very interesting. We loved it. Would definitely recommend
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Amazing Experience
Brian_K, Dec 2021
Private 2-Hour Cambridge Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Superb, friendly guide with incredible knowledge of the University and the town. My son left very enthusiastic about Cambridge University - mission accomplished!
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A Great Tour & Make Sure you finish with the punting option.
Peter_M, Apr 2022
Shared | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
Both the walking tour and the punting aside were fabulous. It was just a pity that exams were on, so we couldn't go into the Colleges, but the actual knowledge and sights that we experienced was excellent
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denise_j, Apr 2022
Shared | Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour Led By University Alumni
Great tour Sophie is amazing she offered great insights into Cambridge life I would recommend doing this tour
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informative and fun
Charlotte_C, Aug 2021
Explore Cambridge Student Life & Top Colleges Walking Tour
Easy to follow at your own pace. Lots of interesting facts presented in an engaging way. We were very glad we chose this walking tour and would thoroughly recommend it.
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Really enjoyable!
Pamela_W, Mar 2022
Historic Cambridge: A Guided Walking Tour
Tony brought the city to life for us! Lots of jokes, many insights, history, famous students, discoveries, current events, and he kept us engaged- not easy to do.
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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...

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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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