Queens’ College, University of Cambridge

Queens’ College, University of Cambridge: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cambridge Uni Tour Led By Alumni w/ Optional Kings College

1. Cambridge Uni Tour Led By Alumni w/ Optional 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: Walking, Punting, & Bus Tour with King's College

2. Cambridge: Walking, Punting, & Bus Tour with 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. If you are short on time, you are able to book various combinations of the above tours to suit your schedule. 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. Your open top bus tour is an open ticket valid for 24 hours. You are able to 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.

Cambridge: University Guided Walking Tour & Punting

3. Cambridge: University Guided Walking Tour & Punting

Discover Cambridge’s beautiful architecture and fascinating history on a guided walking tour and a river cruise. Walk in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest minds as your take you through Cambridge’s cobbled streets. Float along the Cam River in a wooden punt boat. Meet your guide at the 16th-century Great St Mary's Church and begin your walking tour through the historic center. View sights like the college gates and the historical center and enjoy an experience that combines history, local knowledge, student stories, and urban myths. Climb aboard a traditional punt boat for a quintessential Cambridge experience. Glide along the river and take in views of the city from water as your guide provides facinating commentary. Pass by 7 of the university's colleges along the way.

Cambridge Highlights: Famous Alumni Exploration Game

4. Cambridge Highlights: Famous Alumni Exploration Game

Do something different and get to know Cambridge with a city exploration game. Follow and solve problems to lead you to the next location and see all the major sights. Go at your own pace and stop and start the game as you see fit. Begin the game at The Guildhall by opening the game on your smartphone. Solve the first clue, and move on to your next location. Get ready for an adventure, whether you're playing solo, in a big group, or playing against many small groups to see who finishes at Market Square first. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour that's fun for everyone. For an optimal experience, it is suggested that everyone playing has their own ticket.

Cambridge: Guided Decolonial Walking Tour

5. Cambridge: Guided Decolonial 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. These walking tours are talking tours: the guides will lead participants around the city and ask questions to spark respectful conversations inspired by the built environment. What should we do with controversial statues? How should nations teach their histories? Who has access to university education? The tour starts at the most iconic Camrbdige view, outside King’s College Chapel, to introduce participants to the violent context of the creation of the University. It then continues to the Great St Mary’s Church to talk about the historical destruction of archives, and how the violent confrontation in the past between townspeople and a privileged population of students has obscured what we know about the origins of the University. Participants will continue down Cambridge’s small cobblestone streets to the back of the Old Schools and discuss the increasingly global sources of wealth and power going back to the University, through the involvement of major donors in the slave trade. Local conflicts also benefited the town, as during the English Civil War with Cambridge as the seat of the Parliamentarian Cromwellian armies - looking back from “the Backs’, the group will start a conversation on the divided memory about Cromwell’s rule, in England but also in other parts of the world. The tour will then continue further away to the city centre to address the gendered geography of the city and the place of women in an historically masculine academic environment. Over the last few stops, the group will also discuss the question of diversifying the student body and the importance of representation, the complex question of reparations in the aftermath of empire, and the ways in which histories of sexuality have evolved, from persecution to belated celebration.

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What people are saying about Queens’ College, University of Cambridge

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Sophie was such an amazing tour guide! I learned so much about Cambridge in just an hour :) It was my 4th visit already in the city but felt like my first time. Hope she can guide more tourists like me who are hungry for facts!! :)

Charlotte was our guide for the tour. We enjoyed the tour and got lots of interesting information and insights into the application process which was very useful. Charlotte was knowledgable, friendly and accommodating.

Our guide (Sum) was great and she knew a ton about the different colleges and the history of Cambridge! Prepare to walk quite a bit but we really enjoyed it!

Our guide Tommy was exceptional - just the person we needed to meet! Thank you to him for being honest and inspirational.

The tour was very interesting and Becky, our guide, was super nice, knowledgeable and always happy to answer questions!