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Cambridge: Guided Historic Walking Tour

1. Cambridge: Guided Historic Walking Tour

Your tour will begin in the historic heart of Cambridge. You will 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's 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.

Cambridge: Self-Guided Colleges Walking Tour and Sightseeing

2. 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: Hidden Histories Self-Guided Smartphone Tour

3. Cambridge: Hidden Histories Self-Guided Smartphone Tour

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: Scholars & Secret Societies Exploration Game

4. Cambridge: Scholars & Secret Societies Exploration Game

Explore Cambridge through the eyes of someone living in medieval Britain, under the rule of Tudors. Discover the city’s favorite landmarks by solving clues in an exploration game on your smartphone. Begin at the stunning Corpus Clock, visit some of the top Cambridge college campuses, and marvel at the fascinating Round Church. Play the role of a student at Cambridge who joined a secret society. “The Gentle Chroniclers” fight to preserve books deemed revolutionary and prohibited by the king. Your mission: locate the valuable book, “Call to Uprising” — a volume that a fellow member had hidden before being captured.  You are only one who can find the book before they do. Each riddle you solve will lead you from one place to another, with exact directions, so no need for a map or GPS. Figure out the clues and the secret story of that place is revealed. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Cambridge: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt and Tour

5. Cambridge: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt and Tour

Get to know Cambridge at your own pace on an interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device, use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Cambridge's most important attractions on foot. Start the activity whenever you like. Enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. Start with Parker's Piece, followed by the Scott Polar Research Institute and then the irreplaceable Fitzwilliam Museum. Continue to the Mathematical Bridge. As a fifth stop, find the University Museum of Zoology. As you continue your walk through the city, find the Corpus Clock and the King's College. Then, admire the Great St Mary's. Finally, see Trinity College and St. John's College. Learn about the attractions and solve location-based riddles that can only be solved if you reach the location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game.

Cambridge: Uncomfortable Cambridge Walking Tour

6. Cambridge: Uncomfortable Cambridge Walking Tour

The perfect introductory tour of Cambridge, this tour engages with local historical memory while highlighting diverse stories from the past. Our Original tour covers the general history and main sites in the city centre, which discussing histories of race, class, and gender. Led by university researchers, this tour highlights underrepresented histories and provides a new way of reading the city landscape. Please note the tour does not go inside of any colleges. Accessibility: Mostly flat terrain, but with some cobblestoned streets. No steps, but one ramp on/off a bridge. Wheelchair accessible, with spaces to sit or lean if needed. Carers attend free, no booking required. Find out more about Uncomfortable Cambridge at: www.uncomfortablecambridge.com

Cambridge: Untangle Cryptic Directions | Clue-Guided Tour

7. Cambridge: Untangle Cryptic Directions | Clue-Guided Tour

Uncover the buried secrets of Cambridge's historic heroes with this riddle-filled exploration of the city's highlights and hidden corners. From rebels to kings to reformers, this game uses the city's buildings, sculptures and inscriptions to tell you tales from its past. Along the way expect to see: St John's College, the Round Church, All Saints Garden, Trinity College, the Wonder Emporium, Christ's College, King's College and the Corpus Clock. All this plus riddles, challenges, great pubs and cafes and plenty of surprises. A cryptic deep dive into the strange unknown, this trail is ideal for those with a desire to delve deeper into the tumultuous local events that shaped Cambridge and the country as a whole.

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4.8
(96 reviews)

Very informative and the guide Jonny was excellent, had a wealth of information, was very engaging. We definitely learned more than had we just wandered round Cambridge ourselves. Would highly recommend .

We enjoyed the tour, the guide had profound knowledge about the city and its history which he presented in an entertaining and fun way.

appreciated the depth of knowledge and dry that v. British sense of humour. time and money well spent. thank you.

The tour was very informative, the guide was amazing, inclusive, knowledgeable and funny. Brilliant tour.

Tony Rodgers is a superb guide. We found his guided tour A+++++