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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: Walking Tour led by Alumni with Kings College

2. Cambridge: Walking Tour led by Alumni with 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: 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.

Cambridge University: Ghost Tour Led by University Alumni

4. Cambridge University: Ghost Tour Led by University Alumni

Search for ghosts and hear the supernatural stories of Cambridge. See where Wordsworth made ghost spotting scientific, find the origin of the phrase ‘the skeleton in the cupboard’, and hear about the modern ghost story that made the national press. Find out why you might see horses floating around King’s Chapel, see if you can espy Oliver Cromwell’s ghost, and end up in the most haunted place in Cambridge. The age of the university, the even older age of the city, and the dank fens surrounding the city, are the perfect ingredients for spooky events. All our guides are either current or former students at the university. They have lived in drafty old college buildings, they have shivered in dark corners of the colleges, and some have even experienced the ghosts. This is all about hearing it from the horse’s mouth, and from those who will really give you a thrill. Hear about the digging up of dead bodies, learn about how witches were deal with in a supposedly educated city, and find out what sort of meat was burning in the marketplace. Find out about the nice ghost in the haunted bookshop and the unhappy ghosts of Corpus Christi. And finally, learn what to do if you hear a panting hound behind you. See classic Cambridge buildings from the outside, like Trinity College, Gonville and Caius College, Clare College, King’s Chapel, Haunted Bookshop, St Edward the Martyr Church, Market Square, Eagle Pub, Corpus Christi College, St Botolph’s Lane, Little St Mary’s Lane and Peterhouse. It covers ghost stories, but also throws in witches, gruesome happenings, and some of the less known history of the city.

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What people are saying about Clare College

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 708 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.

We had a great time with our guide, Elvira, an actual Cambridge student from Hungary with perfect knowledge of the complicated world of the Uni and it’s colleges. Definitely recommend.

I wish my English was as good as Francesco's! And I am English. He was knowledgeable, patient and very articulate, although made plenty of time to answer questions.

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 :)

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