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Cambridge: City and University Tour including King's College

1. 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 Historic Walking Tour

2. 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.

Cambridge: City Highlights Walking Tour

3. 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.

Cambridge: 2-Hour Private University Walking Tour

4. Cambridge: 2-Hour Private University Walking Tour

Your tour starts in the city center where you'll be given a brief timeline of all the interesting and peculiar things and events that make Cambridge University famous. Moving forward, cover Cambridge’s key sights such as its oldest church, and best-known laboratory, which hosted world-renowned scientists. You will taken to the best photo spots to capture landmarks including King’s College Chapel, the Mathematical Bridge, and Trinity College. Hear from your student guide as they highlight the local color and share little-known secrets such as what Henry VIII is holding above the gate of Trinity College and what special privileges the fellows of St. John’s share with the Royal Family. For a truly tailored experience, customize your tour to your preferences. From specific start and end times to special topics of interest. This tour can provide a closer focus on the University’s academic history, scientific achievements, or on outstanding women at Cambridge.

Guided Walking Tour of Historic Cambridge

5. 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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What people are saying about Old Cavendish Laboratory

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!!

Our tour guide Sonya was excellent. She was knowledgeable, friendly and had a clear concise way of communicating key information. There is so much to see and do at Cambridge so this tour really helped point out worthwhile and important features and history of the town, university and colleges.

Our guide Tony was excellent. Fun, full of facts and made the whole experience most enjoyable. I would recommend this company (and guide) to anyone who wants to know historical Cambridge

What an interesting tour! It was great. We enjoyed our tour guide. Thank you for a great afternoon.

Angela was fantastic! Her insights into the university and history was enlightening. Jerry