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Cambridge: Guided Punting Tour

1. Cambridge: Guided Punting Tour

This punting tour covers the entire length of the River Cam, along which the colleges of Cambridge University are located. Soak up more than 800 years of history as you take in the historic sights. Relax in comfortable seats that feature traditional cushions and blankets. Enjoy interesting historic commentary from your punter, along with some amusing Cambridge punting stories. The 7 colleges featured on the tour boast some of the most illustrious and influential alumni to have graduated from Cambridge. Hear tales of student life, academic and social, from Isaac Newton to Prince Charles.

City Sightseeing Cambridge: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

2. City Sightseeing Cambridge: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Explore the best of Cambridge with this sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus. Go on a tour of the city's top tourist attractions on an open-topped double-deckers operate via 16 stops all over Cambridge. You can combine your bus tour with a punting tour, with onboard commentary in many languages. Hop on and hop off at any of the stops throughout the day, with the chance to visit the historic city center, the University Colleges, the world-famous Backs and the River Cam, the University Botanic Garden, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the American World War II Memorial, Cemetery at Madingley and more. Your Tour Itinerary Stop 1 - Silver Street  Stop 2 - Downing Street Stop 3 - St Andrews Street, stop S4 Stop 4 - Bridge Street Stop 5 - Jesus Lane Stop 6 - Drummer Street, stop D1 Stop 7 - Parkside Stop 8 - Hills Road/St Paul's Road Stop 9 - Cambridge Railway Station Stop 10 - The Leys School Stop 11 - Silver Street  Stop 12 - Queens Road Stop 13 - Cambridge American Cemetery Stop 14 - Madingley Road Park And Ride Stop 15 - Grange Road Stop 16 - Silver Street

Cambridge: University Walking Tour and Punting Cruise

3. Cambridge: University Walking Tour and Punting Cruise

A Cambridge University graduate guide will take you on an enthralling journey through time as you recount the colorful story of Cambridge and its famous university. Receive a wonderful insight into student life.  On this walking tour, see where famous alumni studied including Prince Charles, Sir Isaac Newton, and Stephen Hawking. Visit famous chapels and libraries, listen to anecdotes and see where the structure of D.N.A was discovered all while taking in views of famous architecture with over 800 years of history. Discover Trinity Hall College, Trinity College, Corpus Christi College, Pembroke College, Queens’ College, King’s College, Clare College, The Senate House, Gonville, and Caius College, St Catherine’s College, Great St Mary’s Church, The Eagle Pub, Corpus Christi College, The Round Church and more. Your punting tour will begin 30 minutes after your walking tour and will include an experienced local guide who will explain the famous history of 8 colleges and 9 bridges along the River Cam. You are welcome to bring refreshments on board and will be welcomed to a free punting lesson during your tour.

Cambridge: Walking Tour led by Alumni with Kings College

4. Cambridge: Walking Tour led by Alumni with Kings College

Discover some of the most famous colleges in Cambridge. Learn more about student life at one of the world's most prestigious universities from a University of Cambridge graduate guide. Visit famous chapels and libraries and listen to fascinating anecdotes. See where Prince Charles, Sir Isaac Newton, and Stephen Hawking studied. Stroll from King's College on King's Parade and pass landmarks such as Trinity Hall College, Trinity College, and Corpus Christi College. Look inside Pembroke College and marvel at the vaulted ceiling of King's College Chapel. Admire The Senate House, Great St Mary’s Church, and The Eagle pub where Watson and Crick announced they had discovered the secret of life.

Cambridge: City and University Tour including King's College

5. Cambridge: City and University Tour including King's College

This Cambridge University and city tour introduces you to the crucial role of Cambridge in world history and highlights the city’s architectural wonders with entry to King’s College Chapel.  Start your tour from the city center and hear a brief timeline of all the interesting and peculiar things that makes Cambridge famous. Head to the city's oldest church, college, and the laboratory which has hosted important scientific milestones. Visit landmarks like the Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College and the Senate House.  The highlight of this tour is the stunning King's College Chapel. Home to the largest fan vaulted ceiling in the world, admire its majestic stained glass windows, and a Rubens painting. Learn about the chapel's long architectural history and relationship to former kings and queens.  During the tour, your student guide will share their experiences of the college system, tell you about the rowing frenzy at Cambridge, and let you into local secrets such as the protective measure some colleges take against the Night Climbers, one of the best known not-so-secret societies of the University.

Cambridge Guided Punt: 45-Minute Shared Tour

6. Cambridge Guided Punt: 45-Minute Shared Tour

This 45-minute College Backs tour offers the ideal introduction to Cambridge’s long and eventful history. Discover how the city has evolved from medieval market town to world-class center for education whilst enjoying spectacular views from the river. This tour is the best way to showcase Cambridge. Your guide will have a passion for history and a talent for sharing that with you. From the Gothic splendor of King’s College Chapel to the classical elegance of the Wren Library, your guide will ensure that you don’t miss a thing.  The guides are at your service come rain or shine, so come and experience Cambridge’s most popular tour.

Cambridge: Student-Guided 50-Minute Punting Tour

7. Cambridge: Student-Guided 50-Minute Punting Tour

See 8 of the most famous Cambridge colleges from Darwin to Magdelene and 9 bridges from the Mathematical Bridge to the Bridge of Sighs. You also have the option to book this tour as a private tour and the option to book the tour with a professional photographer who will be along to capture photo memories of your experience.  Your knowledgeable local guides are professional, educated and promise to be a lot of fun while giving a detailed explanation of historical facts and exciting stories. While being punted along the river Cam, you will have time to ask questions and take photos of the most famous architecture in Cambridge. During your tour, simply ask your guide for a free punting lesson and they will be happy to help. Feel free to bring drinks and refreshments on-board, then enjoy the tour.

Cambridge: Guided River Punting Tour

8. Cambridge: Guided River Punting Tour

Begin at our boat station opposite Magdlene College Fellows Gardens where your guide will begin telling you a little of the history of the town and how the University was founded. You will see many magnificent college buildings and the stunning bridges across the river. The guide will give you a historical description of the buildings and sights that you pass, with some amusing anecdotes about past Alumni and fabled stories along the way. You may ask questions and the guide will be happy to answer... The guide will turn the boat at Queen's college where the stretch of the River Cam known as "The Backs" comes to an end, on your return journey soak up the views and hear more stories about the town and University. Fisnish your tour 50 mins later back at our boat station where our staff will assist you disembarking.

Cambridge: Chauffeured Punting Tour

9. Cambridge: Chauffeured Punting Tour

Upon arrival at the supplier's check in at the La Mimosa Landing Stage (CB5 8AQ), you will be greeted and booked on to the next available departing tour. Tours depart regularly throughout the day and hold up to 12 passengers. The tour lasts for 45-50 minutes and you will travel along the River Cam in Cambridge. During the trip you will pass by 7 riverside colleges: Kings, Queens, St Johns, Trinity, Trinity Hall, and Clare. Sights along the way include Kings College Chapel, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Wren Library. During the tour, your chauffuer will provide an interesting and informative historical commentary and answer any questions you may have.

Cambridge: Guided Historic Walking Tour

10. Cambridge: Guided Historic Walking Tour

Your tour will begin in the historic heart of Cambridge, near to the old Roman road. You will see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built by monks in the 12th century for travellers. Continue on to see three of the famous Cambridge colleges: St John's, Trinity (with its 34 Nobel Prize winners) and Gonville and Caius. Once you arrive in the geographical centre of Cambridge you will learn about the Great St Mary's Church and the University's 18th century Senate House where graduation ceremonies are held. Enjoy the splendour of King's College Chapel, built over a hundred years by five kings. Through your professional guide, learn the fascinating history of Cambridge's newest attraction, the Corpus Christi clock, unveiled by Stephen Hawking in 2008. Your guide will accompany you to the 11th century Church of St Bene't where townsfolk have been worshipping since it was built in 1030. A short stroll will lead you to the famous Eagle Pub, home to a lot of fascinating stories that your guide will be sure to regale you with. Finish outside the old Cavendish Laboratory where 29 Nobel Prizes were won and where modern physics was invented.

Frequently asked questions about Cambridge, UK

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Planning Your Visit

  • How to Get Around Cambridge?

    As a student town, there are large areas of Cambridge that are easily walkable. You can also bike around or take local buses. Taxis and trains are available at your convenience too.

  • What is the weather in Cambridge like?

    Unsurprisingly, the warmest summer month is August. You'll find the most rain in December and the coldest temperatures in January. Generally, the whole summer is pleasant even though winters can be quite cold.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    British Pound (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +44
  • Best time to visit
    The best time to visit Cambridge depends on your itinerary. If you want to see the university in full swing, the fall and spring semesters are best. If you're more interested in sightseeing and enjoying a sunny stroll or two, you're better off visiting in summer.

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What people are saying about Cambridge, UK

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,866 reviews

This walking tour was FABULOUS! Our guide, Sybelle, was so knowledgeable, welcoming and helpful! We toured this campus as a potential student for our daughter and the one-on-one interaction really helped her be able to ask so many more questions than if we were in a group setting. Highly recommend!!

We had a lovely time on the boat with my boyfriend. The scenery was amazing. The weather couldn’t of been any better. The punter was incredibly friendly & sociable. Thank you for an amazing experience. Won’t that we will truly NEVER forget!! ❤️

I wish my English was as good as Francesco's! And I am English. He was knowledgeable, patient and very articulate, although made plenty of time to answer questions.

Nice way to learn about Cambridge and to learn about some of the less famous Colleges and war memorial.

Sol who was manning the punt was very friendly and gave a very good guided tour.