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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.

Cambridge: Shared Punting Tour with Guide

2. Cambridge: Shared Punting Tour with Guide

Explore the University buildings of Cambridge with this small-group guided tour on a punt with raised seats and tables. Listen as your guide unveils fascinating facts about the legendary university city and its rich history. Start at Jesus Green Moorings, and head to Magdelene College, St John's College, Trinity College, Trinity Hall, Clare College, King's College, and Queens' College. Get introduced by your guide to all the colorful stories of Cambridge while on board a comfortable boat on the river Cam. Float underneath the Great Bridge, The Bridge of Sighs, The Wren Bridge, Cromwell's Bridge, King's College Bridge, and the Mathematical Bridge. Discover how the city has evolved from a medieval market town to a world-class center for education.

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 five of the famous Cambridge colleges: St John's, Trinity (with its 34 Nobel Prize winners), Gonville and Caius, Corpus Christi and the world famous chapel of King's College. (NB. the tour does not go inside King's Chapel or any of the colleges0. 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. Nearby is the famous Eagle Pub with its RAF bar where young airmen wrote their squadron numbers on the ceiling during the Second World War. Finish outside the old Cavendish Laboratory where 29 Nobel Prizes were won and where modern physics was invented.

Hidden Histories: A Self-Guided Audio Tour in Cambridge

4. Hidden Histories: A Self-Guided Audio Tour in Cambridge

Embark on an enchanting journey through the charming cobbled streets of Cambridge. On this walking tour, you‘ll see the university‘s iconic colleges and hear its rich history. Led by a Cambridge University graduate and expert tour guide brimming with historical anecdotes, you‘ll be immersed in the captivating tales of rivalry and discovery that has shaped this world-famous institution. Starting on King‘s Parade, in front of King‘s College gate, you‘ll traverse the university‘s storied grounds, past Corpus Christi College, Queen‘s College, St John‘s College and Sidney Sussex College to name a few. Along the way, you‘ll hear about past scholars and visionaries and get a glimpse into the academic fervour that defines Cambridge. You‘ll see Mill Pond, walk along the Backs and King‘s Park, and promenade along Jesus Green at Michaelhouse Cafe where our tour ends. Along the way, you‘ll hear of the most lied-about bridge in Cambridge, the Mathematical Bridge, and about rivalries that fuel the university‘s competitive spirit. I‘ll tell you about the rivalry between St John‘s and Trinity College, the local upper and lower class, and between Cambridge and Oxford. From the grandeur of King‘s College Chapel‘s soaring spires to the characterful passageways past Trinity College, each stop unveils a different side of the esteemed institution. On this Cambridge walking tour, you‘ll have a chance to: • Marvel at the 1,000 year-old St Bene‘t‘s Church • Stroll along the picturesque river by Magdalene College, where scholars have sought inspiration for generations • Find out why another name has been scratched into the plaque commemorating Crick and Watson‘s discovery of the double helix, the two threads of DNA • Take in Newton‘s Apple Tree which was grafted from the tree that inspired the discovery of gravity in 1665 • See some of the 600 decorative flowers in the pavement along Bridge Street • Discover why Trinity College is so much richer than the other colleges • Learn how to read the Corpus Clock that‘s only correct every five minutes • Spot the gargoyle under Magdalene Bridge that was commissioned in the likeness of Elizabethan banker, Benedict Spinola, as revenge • Pop into Eagle pub, Jack‘s Gelato, or Michaelhouse Cafe for some refreshments • Walk past the over 900-year-old Round Church which was built by the Normans who arrived in Britain with William the Conqueror Join me in tracing paths that have witnessed centuries of unrelenting rivalry, and bring the essence of Cambridge‘s colleges to life.

Cambridge: Self-Guided Colleges Walking Tour and Sightseeing

5. 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: Chauffeured Punting Tour

6. Cambridge: Chauffeured Punting Tour

Upon arrival at the supplier's check in at the La Mimosa Landing Stage (CB5 8AQ), you will be greeted and booked on to the next available departing tour. Tours depart regularly throughout the day and hold up to 12 passengers. The tour lasts for 45-50 minutes and you will travel along the River Cam in Cambridge. During the trip you will pass by 7 riverside colleges: Kings, Queens, St Johns, Trinity, Trinity Hall, and Clare. Sights along the way include Kings College Chapel, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Wren Library. During the tour, your chauffuer will provide an interesting and informative historical commentary and answer any questions you may have.

Cambridge: 2-Hour Private University Walking Tour

7. 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.

Cambridge: Academics and Empire Walking Tour

8. Cambridge: Academics 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.

Spies of Cambridge – Private Walking Tour

9. Spies of Cambridge – Private Walking Tour

Welcome to the “Spies of Cambridge” private walking tour, where intrigue and espionage unfold as we explore the city’s hidden secrets. Follow in the footsteps of the infamous Cambridge Five and discover the covert history of these spies who operated in the shadows during the Cold War. From Trinity College to the enigmatic MI5 Headquarters, we’ll delve into the clandestine world of intelligence gathering and codebreaking, making this 2-hour tour a thrilling journey through the city’s captivating spy stories. Join us as we uncover the hidden chapters of Cambridge’s past and unravel the mysteries of the spies who left an indelible mark on history.

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What people are saying about St John's College

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 418 reviews

Highly recommend this tour, guide was great and enjoyed the commentary. Tour gives context to the buildings and bring the Cambridge university story to life. We were late and thought we would miss the tour altogether but the office staff were very accommodating allowing us to catch up with the group. Great customer service.

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!

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

Sibylle was a terrific guide. She answered our questions and gave a wonderful tour of campus.