Visiting some of the iconic Cambridge University buildings is a must see when visiting the city. Many famous minds have passed through, including Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Rosalind Franklin, Sir David Attenborough, to name just a few. Here are some of the best Cambridge University tours in the city. Ways in which you can soak up some of the amazing history.
Do-it-Yourself Cambridge University:
Cambridge University has an excellent website. You are able to use it to research and organise your own tour of the colleges, museums, libraries and buildings. You may however opt to take an organised tour which is a great way of hearing about the history of the university. It also ensures that you see all of the best sights.
Walking, punting and combined tours are offered by University Alumni. The 90 minute tours are frequent throughout the day and visit many of the colleges and city sights- “the real Cambridge as experienced from within the college walls.” Tours cost around £19.99 for an adult, or £35 with entry to Kings College. Private tours also available.
Catch all of the most famous sights on the 2 hour Footprints Tour, which also includes an inside tour of Kings College. Award Winning (in the Top 10 Experience Provider In The World), the group size is kept small, and tours are led by locals and students, costing around £25. Footprints also offer a free walking tour and private tours. Book ahead.
Cambridge Tour Guides:
See all of the historic sights and hear all about the famous faces to walk the streets with Cambridge Tour Guides. Book the daily 90 minute tour, costing £20, or perhaps go for their ghost tour? Private tours also available.
Cambridge University tours by bus, boat and foot:
There are many other ways of seeing the University buildings. How about taking to the beautiful rivers for a punting tour? Or taking advantage of the convenience and flexibility of the hop on-off bus. See our recommended tours of Cambridge here. If you feel like being spooked, you may also enjoy one of the ghastly ghost tours that Cambridge has to offer.
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