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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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Combo | Optional Cambridge Walking, Punting, Bus Tour & King's College Entry
Combo | Optional Cambridge Walking, Punting, Bus Tour & King's College Entry
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$56.55 per adult
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Our guide Lindsey, a...
Our guide Lindsey, a young graduate, was amasing ! The walking tour was very rich in details and interesting information ! I adorated the punt !
Corina_Z, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cambridge

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The tour guides were...
Mary_H, Jul 2022
Combo | Optional Cambridge Walking, Punting, Bus Tour & King's College Entry
The tour guides were great on the history of the place! The walk was longer than I expected. The punt ride was great. The kings chapel wasn’t as interesting as I expected.
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Thanks you Becky! Very...
aloha2wa, Jul 2022
Combo | Optional Cambridge Walking, Punting, Bus Tour & King's College Entry
Thanks you Becky! Very informative tour, the punting was a bit repetitive but lovely float. Watch out for the self punters...
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So glad we did it
Laura_D, Jul 2022
Combo | Optional Cambridge Walking, Punting, Bus Tour & King's College Entry
Great antidotes on the tour and punt. Stunning scenery and fab walk around Cambridge. Couldn’t recommend it more
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Great outdoors tour
Denise_K, Jul 2022
Combo | Optional Cambridge Walking, Punting, Bus Tour & King's College Entry
It would have been nice to have been able to go into a building on campus. It would have been nice to have been alerted to the option to tour Kings College when we purchased our 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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Great experience!
Aliya_S, Jun 2022
Combo | Optional Cambridge Walking, Punting, Bus Tour & King's College Entry
Francesco did a great job with the walking tour and Ben made the punting really enjoyable! Punting is a must-do in Cambridge!
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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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Incredible day in Cambridge
Regina_S, Jun 2022
Combo | Optional Cambridge Walking, Punting, Bus Tour & King's College Entry
Combined tour with ur tour guide, Naomi was excellent. She was a knowledgeable, kind, and passionate. We learned lots of interesting insights history of the colleges we wouldn't otherwise have known. The punting tour was the best. We really enjoyed the incredible and peaceful beauty of Cambridge from the river. I highly recommend this tour!
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Great tour
David_K, Jun 2022
Combo | Optional Cambridge Walking, Punting, Bus Tour & King's College Entry
Great tour to hear about the various colleges at Cambridge. Punting was also great. Def worth the time.
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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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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
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