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Cambridge: Alumni-led Colleges Tour & King's College Option

1. Cambridge: Alumni-led Colleges Tour & King's College Option

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 Alumni-Led Walking & Punting w/ opt King's College

2. Cambridge Alumni-Led Walking & Punting w/ opt King's College

Explore the historic halls of Cambridge University on a guided walking tour led by a graduate. Visit famous colleges, including King's College and Pembroke College, before embarking on a Cambridge punting tour. On this graduate-led 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. Book the King's College ticket option to ensure you see inside King's College Chapel with the highest vaulted ceiling of any chapel in the world. Discover famous landmarks such as Trinity Hall College, Trinity College, Corpus Christi College, Pembroke College, Queens’ College, King’s College, Clare College, Gonville, and Caius College, St Catherine’s College, Great St Mary’s Church, The Eagle Pub, Corpus Christi College, Senate House, Round Church and much much more.... Your punting tour starts approximately 30 minutes after your walking tour. While you sit back and relax on your chauffeured punting cruise your local student guide is on hand to teach you about the famous history of 8 colleges and 9 bridges along the River Cam. Bring refreshments on board, if you like, and enjoy a free punting lesson during your tour..

Cambridge: Guided Historic Walking Tour

3. Cambridge: Guided Historic Walking Tour

Your tour will begin in the historic heart of Cambridge. Continue on to see three of the famous Cambridge colleges: St John's, Trinity (with its 34 Nobel Prize winners) and Gonville and Caius. 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.

Cambridge: Self-Guided Colleges Walking Tour and Sightseeing

4. Cambridge: Self-Guided Colleges Walking Tour and Sightseeing

Uncover the secrets of Cambridge's historic center, including the heart of the University of Cambridge, along with less obvious gems with this smartphone walking tour. Listen to the experiences of a local student at the University of Cambridge and enjoy access to offline audio, maps, and geodata.  Dive into Cambridge, the second oldest university in England. See how it showcases almost a thousand years of architectural highlights. Unpack highlights like the Round Church, which dates back to 1130, and the the Wren Library which was completed in 1695. Find out about modern sights too like the Corpus Clock which was installed in 2008. Have the option to pause and resume your tour at anytime which will allow you to snap some photos of the quaint cobblestone streets and winding alleyways. Walk at your own pace over the 2-kilometer track over flat terrain. Finish your tour in the city center on the King’s Parade. Have the option to choose to take the tour at home with a virtual option and take the tour multiple time with unlimited access to the tour.

Cambridge: Original Uncomfortable Cambridge™ Walking Tour

5. Cambridge: Original Uncomfortable Cambridge™ Walking Tour

This introductory tour of Cambridge covers a range of ‘uncomfortable’ histories, from the tensions between town and gown, to the legacies of empire, the effects of racial inequality, the gender dynamics and discriminations that shaped the city and the university. We ask questions such as: - What should we do with controversial statues? - How should nations teach their histories? - Who has access to university education? Tour details: - 1.5 hours (approx. 30 minutes of walking) - Tour starts and ends in the city centre (meeting location confirmed upon booking) Accessibility: Mostly flat terrain, with minor cobblestoned streets. No steps, but one ramp on/off a bridge. Tour has been cleared for wheelchair accessibility. Carers attend free, no booking needed. Content note: the tour will include discussions of violence, enslavement, colonialism, discrimination, and suicide. Find out more about Uncomfortable Cambridge at: www.uncomfortablecambridge.co.uk

Cambridge: Cambridge and Empire Walking Tour

6. Cambridge: Cambridge and Empire Walking Tour

Join researchers at the University of Cambridge for a unique walking tour that explores the historic connections between the University of Cambridge and the British Empire. This tour outlines local entanglements with the transatlantic slave trade, Eugenics, and takes a close look at controversies surrounding museum collections and the development of certain academic disciplines at Cambridge. Through questions and discussion, participants will learn more about the local context behind on-going legacies of imperialism and will reflect on current issues of equality, academic subjectivity, and historical relevance. Tour will finish inside the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Accessibility: Mostly flat terrain, no steps, but with some cobblestoned streets in the city centre. Content note: This tour will include discussions of violence, enslavement, colonialism, and discrimination.

Cambridge: Walking, Punting & Bus Tour w/ opt King's College

7. Cambridge: Walking, Punting & Bus Tour w/ opt King's College

Explore the historic halls of Cambridge University on a guided walking tour led by a graduate. Visit famous colleges, including King's College and Pembroke College, before embarking on a Cambridge punting tour and open-top bus tour. On the graduate-led walking tour, see where famous alumni studied, including Prince Charles, Sir Isaac Newton, and Stephen Hawking. Visit chapels and libraries, listen to anecdotes, and see where the structure of D.N.A. was discovered, while admiring the architecture with over 800 years of history. Book the King's College ticket option to ensure you see inside King's College Chapel, with the highest vaulted ceiling of any chapel in the world. Discover the exterior of famous buildings such as Trinity Hall College, Trinity College, Corpus Christi College, Pembroke College, Queens’ College, Clare College, Great St Mary’s Church, The Eagle Pub, Corpus Christi College, Senate House, and the Round Church. After discovering the University on foot, enjoy a punting tour on the River Cam. Sit back and relax on your chauffeured punting cruise, as your local guide shared the history of the 8 colleges and 9 bridges along the River Cam. Bring refreshments on board, if you like, and enjoy a punting lesson. Then, explore the city on an open-top bus tour with an open ticket that is valid for 24 hours. You can start your bus tour at any point in the day from any bus stop in the city after your walking and punting tours have concluded. Enjoy a unique view of the city's landmarks as you ride around the city.

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What people are saying about Great St Mary's Church

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based on 1,070 reviews

Very interesting and engaging 90 minutes. Johnny covered a lot of history and offered a great mix of stories, Q&A and overview - it appealed to both adults and the kids in our group and was delivered with humour and humility. Super afternoon!

Sum was great! She gave us insight details about key buildings and interesting stories! She was also very friendly and welcoming. I'd recommend taking the Kings College tour; it's worth seeing this from the inside!

Tony very entertainingly knowledgeable. An enjoyable 1 hour 40 mins. A challenge for future groups- try to get him to say the word - Oxford. Bet you can’t.

This is an absolute must do. Tony our guide is very knowledgeable but also very funny. We had a great time

Amazing informative interesting sense of humour incredible knowledge great walking tour Tony