Undoubtedly the best way to see the most famous Cambridge colleges in a short space of time, our punting tours typically last around 45 minutes and take you through eight colleges and underneath nine bridges.
Shared | Combined Cambridge University Walking & Punting Tour With Optional King’s College Entry Led By University Alumni
Departure Times: 10:00 then every hour until 17:00
Duration: 3 hours without King’s College entry or 4 hours with King’s College entry
Meeting Point: The front entrance of King’s College on King’s Parade
- Wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes
- Keep an eye out for your guide who will be wearing a royal blue uniform ie a royal blue jacket, cap, beanie, or polo shirt
- Please arrive 15 minutes early
- Adults 18+
- Youth/Students/Concessions Youth (Ages 13-17)
- Children Ages 3-12
- Adults With King's College Entry 18+
- Youth/Students/Concessions With King's College Entry Youth (Ages 13-17)
- Children With King's College Entry Ages 3-12
WALKING & PUNTING TOUR WITH KING’S COLLEGE CHAPEL
You get to combine our graduate-led 90-minute walking tour and our student-led 45-minute punting tour. Include entry to King’s College Chapel in your tour package for the ultimate Cambridge experience!
BECOME A TIME TRAVELLER
In just an hour and a half, walk through a thousand years of human history: from an Anglo-Saxon church tower to a contemporary (and controversial) clock that doesn’t even tell the time properly. See the rooms where Newton wrote his theory of gravity and hear the truth behind the apple tree myth. Visit the pub where Watson and Crick announced one of the greatest discoveries of the twentieth century. Marvel at some of the greatest examples of Gothic and Neoclassical architecture in the world. Inspiring, baffling, and downright outrageous: Cambridge is a city full of stories waiting to be told.
THE STUDENT’S STORY
Cambridge is nothing without its students, and it’s the students who make our walking tours so special. Combining a deep passion for the city’s history and architecture with the knowledge and experience of an insider, all our tour guides are either graduates or current students of the University of Cambridge. You hear all about what the students really get up to – from “college parents” to lavish May Balls and the dreaded all-nighters in between. Which college is the poshest one, and which is the richest? Which one has a communist flag in its bar? As well as hearing it all from the horse’s mouth, you get to see inside two colleges, with highlights including the beautiful Pembroke College Chapel and gardens. This is the real Cambridge as experienced from within the college walls.
Our classic 90-minute Cambridge tour covers some of the following highlights:
- Trinity Hall College
- Trinity College
- The Wren Library
- Corpus Christi College
- Pembroke College
- Queens’ College
- King’s College
- Clare College
- The Senate House
- Gonville, and Caius College
- St Catharine’s College
- Great St Mary’s Church
- The Eagle Pub
- The Corpus Clock
- The Round Church
- famous town stories, and more…
A CRUISE THROUGH THE CENTURIES
Undoubtedly the best way to see the most famous Cambridge colleges in a short space of time, our punting tours typically last around 50 minutes and take you through eight colleges and underneath nine bridges. From the breathtaking sight of King’s College Chapel to the mysterious Mathematical Bridge, the stunning views provide the perfect backdrop to an intriguing and often hilarious history of Cambridge. With stories spanning centuries, including tyrannical rulers, student pranksters, and intellectual greats, all history lessons should be like this one.
A TRADITIONAL CAMBRIDGE PASTIME
Did you know that the original punts were used for transporting cargo around the fens? Ideally suited to shallow water, the punt is a flat and square-shaped boat that is pushed along with a pole. In the early 20th century, punting quickly took off as a leisure activity, and has since become an iconic part of Cambridge tradition. Nowadays punting is the most popular way among students and visitors alike to enjoy the peaceful scenery of the college backs. Don’t miss your chance to join the tradition on a shared Cambridge punting tour!