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Cambridge: Guided Punting Tour

1. Cambridge: Guided Punting Tour

This 45-minute chauffeured 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 the comfortable seats that feature traditional cushions and blankets. Enjoy interesting historic commentary from your chauffeur, 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.

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Cambridge: Chauffeured Punting Tour

2. 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.

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Cambridge: Shared University Punt Tour

3. Cambridge: Shared University Punt Tour

This 50-minute chauffeured punt tour covers the “college backs” with seven of the most prestigious colleges of Cambridge University. While you are guided through this beautiful stretch of river, you will be regaled with history of the stunning architecture and scenery that surrounds you. Soak up hundreds of years of history as you enjoy Cambridge's traditional pastime on a shared punt tour. This punt tour is a great way to see Cambridge's sights for less as you share the punt boat with other customers.

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Cambridge: City Highlights Walking Tour

4. Cambridge: City Highlights Walking Tour

Learn from your expert local guide and make the most of your time during your stay in Cambridge. Guides are professionally trained and hold either a Blue or Green Badge awarded by the Institute of Tourist Guiding and are members of the Society of Cambridge Tourist Guides. Explore the city and discover Cavendish Laboratory. Here, atoms were split, particles were discovered and DNA was resolved, among other important scientific discoveries. Also, visit the grand Senate House and the Corpus Clock (locally known as the Grasshopper Clock) with it’s intriguing symbolism. A tour of Cambridge wouldn’t be complete without passing some of the university colleges. Pass by Corpus Christi College, King’s, Gonville & Caius and Trinity.

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Cambridge: Secret Society Exploration Game and Tour

5. Cambridge: Secret Society Exploration Game and Tour

Explore Cambridge through the eyes of someone living in medieval Britain, under the rule of Tudors. Discover the city’s favorite landmarks by solving clues in an exploration game on your smartphone. Begin at the stunning Corpus Clock, visit some of the top Cambridge college campuses, and marvel at the fascinating Round Church. Play the role of a student at Cambridge who joined a secret society. “The Gentle Chroniclers” fight to preserve books deemed revolutionary and prohibited by the king. Your mission: locate the valuable book, “Call to Uprising” — a volume that a fellow member had hidden before being captured.  You are only one who can find the book before they do. Each riddle you solve will lead you from one place to another, with exact directions, so no need for a map or GPS. Figure out the clues and the secret story of that place is revealed. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

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Cambridge: Hidden Gems City Exploration Game

6. Cambridge: Hidden Gems City Exploration Game

Go on an adventure around Cambridge and see some of its hidden gems. The exploration game starts at the Pitt Building, and it will take you between 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the game. You can also explore at your own pace. Pause the game and resume from the location where you paused it. The final stop of the game will be Cambridge Union. Follow the directions on your phone and let an exciting story unfold as you solve fun challenges. Explore the Mathematical Bridge, a popular bridge connecting the two parts of Queens' College. Find out more about the myths of how Newton built the Mathematical bridge himself and how it can hold up without bolts. See the Fitzwilliam Museum, the art and antiquities museum of the University of Cambridge, and learn about the history of the place. Discover some of the lesser-known corners of Cambridge during this exciting journey.

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From London: Oxford and Cambridge Universities Tour

7. From London: Oxford and Cambridge Universities Tour

Oxford We begin our day travelling across the Chiltern Hills to Oxford, the 'City of Dreaming Spires,' whose hushed courtyards have inspired generations of scholars including Bill Clinton and writers, Lewis Carroll who wrote 'Alice in Wonderland', C.S. Lewis who wrote 'Chronicles of Narnia' and the immortal J.R.R. Tolkien, author of 'Lord of the Rings'. On the walking tour you'll visit Christ Church college, where Harry Potter scenes were filmed, see the Bodleian Library and the picture-perfect college courtyards for which Oxford is justifiably famous. Cambridge Cambridge is a wonderful mixture of the everyday and the extraordinary, a living city that has shaped history and today reflects the best of historic and contemporary life. It was the inspiration for Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton and many of the Monty Python gang. We will have a guided tour of the magnificent chapel of Kings College, founded in 1441, and a fascinating walking tour of a city filled with beautiful buildings and historical quirks, including the famous 'Bridge of Sighs'.

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Guided Walking Tour of Historic Cambridge

8. Guided Walking Tour of Historic Cambridge

Take a guided walking tour that will make the city come alive. Cambridge is one of the most attractive cities in Britain, with a huge array of building styles and materials. The oldest building is St Benet's church which dates from the early 11th century and was built by the Saxon townspeople. Visit the historic Eagle pub which was acquired by Corpus Christi college in 1488. On the ceiling of the famous Royal Air Force bar are the serial numbers of 123 squadrons written in candle light by young airmen in World War II. Nearby is the Old Cavendish Laboratory, where Cambridge scientists changed our understanding of the physical world and pushed the boundaries of our knowledge. The electron, the proton, the neutron and the structure of DNA were all discovered there.  The 31 Cambridge Colleges offer a rich variety of buildings. You will see a good spread of them, depending on which route you choose (the tour content is adjusted to meet the interests and needs of the client). The most famous building is the magnificent King's College chapel which dominates the city skyline. You will also see other medieveal colleges such as Trinity College, St John's, Clare, Corpus Christi, Pembroke, Queens', St Catherine's and Gonville and Caius. They all have their stories, traditions, and famous names. Several colleges allow visitors to enter their grounds and buildings, though there is often an entry fee. Only Cambridge Green Badge guides are allowed to take groups inside these colleges. The supplier can make all the required bookings.  Enjoy a walk down to the River Cam and see the much-photographed Mathematical Bridge and the many people enjoying a punt tour on the River Cam. Your guide can provide details of punting and of the many other attractions has to offer such as its eight University run museums. 

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Heart of England, North Wales and Yorkshire 5-Day Tour

9. Heart of England, North Wales and Yorkshire 5-Day Tour

Discover the Heart of England on a scenic 5-day tour that also crosses the border into North Wales, where you’ll see the magnificent mountains of Snowdonia. Visit some of England’s oldest cities, including the cathedral city of York, the university city of Cambridge, and the medieval town of Chester. Go to Shakespeare’s birthplace, and vist Anne Hathaway’s tudor cottage. Travel by small minicoach, with accommodations in characterful bed and breakfasts for a more intimate experience. Day 1: Depart London and head north to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare and home to the Tudor thatched cottage and gardens of his wife, Anne Hathaway. There will be time to explore the quaint town center, and enjoy lunch at leisure, before driving to the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge close to the Welsh border. Set in a stunning gorge of the River Severn, the historic valley boasts the world’s first bridge made of iron, as well as a host of other attractions. Then, travel to the beautiful town of Shrewsbury to check in to your accommodation for the next 2 nights. Day 2: Today, you will head into the heart of North Wales and visit the picture book castle of Conwy, built by Edward I in the late 13th century. Marvel at the mountain scenery of Snowdonia National Park, including the huge Dinorwic slate quarries and the dramatic Pass of Llanberis in the shadows of the highest mountain peak in Wales. Hear tales of Owain Glyndwr and the Welsh struggles for independence before traveling back through the borderlands into England. Day 3: Leave Shrewsbury and drive to the hills of the Peak District National Park, where you will discover a mix of beautiful villages and rolling moors. Take a scenic route through the park to the village of Castleton. In the afternoon, visit the famous grouds and mansion house of Chatsworth, home to the Duke of Devonshire and often named the UK’s favourite country house. Inside, you’ll find one of the finest collections of furniture and paintings by Old Masters, as well as Neoclassical sculptures. Continue to the historic City of York, your base for the next 2 nights. Day 4: Today you have the option to spend the day at leisure exploring the medieval heart of York. Wander the streets of a city with a rich history that dates back to the time of the Romans, Vikings, and Normans. Visit some of York’s fascinating museums, and the stunning York Minster, or just lose yourself in the maze of narrow streets. Alternatively, join your guide on a half-day excursion into the Yorkshire Dales to visit the pretty market towns of Knaresborough or Ripon. Continue your scenic drive of the remote valleys and rugged scenery of the Eastern Dales, before returning to York for a free afternoon. Day 5: Leaving York for the return journey to London, stopping en route at Stamford, with its fine collection of stone buildings. Continue to the university City of Cambridge, where you can stroll the medieval streets in the shadow of the dreamy spires of historic colleges, including the famous Kings College Chapel. Walk along the banks of the River Cam, where you might see punters out for the day. Continue to London for an estimated arrival time of approximately 19:30.

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Cambridge Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local

10. Cambridge Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about their city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable with navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Once you've made your booking, your guide will get in touch with you to confirm all the details for the tour including the meeting place and time, language and your contact information, and also ask you some questions to get to know you better. Each tour is completely customized so you can choose the meeting location, start time and length that you prefer (minimum: 2 hours).  During the walking tour you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city (at your expense). The guides are locals who are passionate about their city and love to meet travelers and share what they love about their city.  They are not professional tour guides and do these tours occasionally, which provides an authentic and personal experience that is like having a friend show you around their home city.  Through conversations with your guide, you’ll learn what it’s like to live in Cambridge, learn about cultural differences, local events and politics and also get to know each other on a personal level. With this experience, you won’t be just passing through the city, you’ll be part of it.

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What people are saying about Cambridge, UK

My friend & I had a brilliant time on our punting tour! It was a chilly day but we had warm blankets to cover our legs & our seats were comfy. Our guide Zack was absolutely fab! Charming & funny, full of interesting information & facts about Cambridge, very knowledgeable about the area & history, kept us completely entertained, we thoroughly enjoyed it. Apart from the guide & beautiful views, amazing buildings & so much history it was great value for money would highly recommend. We will definitely be taking another punt on the river Cam in the near future.

This was a wonderful experience - seeing the colleges from the perspective of the river. Our punter Camillo (sorry if spelled wrongly) was great fun and very knowledgeable. A lovely tranquil and fun experience.

Very good experience, the guide was very informative. It was our first time punting and we would recommend it to others who are visiting Cambridge to get to see the area, and understand the culture.

Guide was really friendly; weather was about as good as we could hope for considering it was December; the boat ride was smooth sailing!

Fab tour! Guide was knowledgeable and good sense of humour. Would recommend every time!