Queens’ College, University of Cambridge

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Cambridge: University Walking Tour and Punting Cruise

1. Cambridge: University Walking Tour and Punting Cruise

A Cambridge University graduate guide will take you on an enthralling journey through time as you recount the colorful story of Cambridge and its famous university. Receive a wonderful insight into student life.  On this 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. Discover Trinity Hall College, Trinity College, Corpus Christi College, Pembroke College, Queens’ College, King’s College, Clare College, The Senate House, Gonville, and Caius College, St Catherine’s College, Great St Mary’s Church, The Eagle Pub, Corpus Christi College, The Round Church and more. Your punting tour will begin 30 minutes after your walking tour and will include an experienced local guide who will explain the famous history of 8 colleges and 9 bridges along the River Cam. You are welcome to bring refreshments on board and will be welcomed to a free punting lesson during your tour.

Cambridge Highlights: Famous Alumni Exploration Game

2. 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

3. 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

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 167 reviews

We both enjoyed our walking tour of Cambridge on Saturday 7 May 2022. Our guide was friendly and informative and the tour was very interesting. She pointed our many things which we would have ordinarily have missed. The punt along the Cam was also a worthwhile trip with our guide providing us with lots of stories and interesting facts.

Francesco notre guide nous a fait visité la ville en nous racontant à la fois des éléments historiques entremêlés de quelques faits parfois humoristiques. Il répondait volontier à toutes nos questions. Je recommande. Merci Francesco! Johanne, Québec, Canada

The tour was well guided with a lot of interesting information about the University and Cambridge. Also, the tour guides were really lovely and cool :)

The Walking Tour was fun, and our guide was interesting and knowledgeable. Punting was a good way to see Cambridge from a different perspective.

Francesco was very knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It culminated in the Ponting trip was a great finale to the tour