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How to Spend 1 Day in Cambridge

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How to Spend 1 Day in Cambridge
Home to one of the world’s most prestigious universities, leafy Cambridge is also a treat for the eyes thanks to its heritage architecture, centuries-old streets, and the winding River Cam. Whether you’re spending a night in town or organizing a day trip from London, one day is enough time to discover its charms—here’s your perfect plan.

Morning: Explore the Colleges
Cambridge University comprises a number of individual colleges—each with its own sterling reputation and architectural glories. Begin your day in town by visiting some of the university's most vaunted corners, from Trinity College (home to dozens of Nobel Prize winners) and St. John’s College (once frequented by William Wordsworth) to King’s College (renowned for its extraordinary chapel and Gothic architecture). Don’t forget to discover the Backs: the verdant parks found behind the colleges. Alternatively, choose a student-led itinerary for a firsthand perspective on what it’s like to follow in the footsteps of world-famous alumni such as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Zadie Smith.

Afternoon: Discover Cambridge on Foot
Enjoy a sweet energy boost in the form of a sticky Chelsea bun from legendary Cambridge bakery Fitzbillies in between sightseeing stops. Cambridge is a highly walkable city; continue your explorations on foot to discover local landmarks ranging from the Grade I–listed Round Church (which dates to the 12th century) to the neoclassical Senate House. Alternatively, if your legs are beginning to tire, a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour makes it easy to glimpse the city’s historic highlights from the comfort of the upper deck.

Evening: Go Punting
It isn’t a trip to Cambridge until you go punting. Flat-bottom river boats that are piloted by long poles, traditional punts offer the perfect way to soak up the River Cam’s lovely scenery, discover new angles on Cambridge’s colleges, learn more about the city’s history and highlights, and even float right under the iconic Bridge of Sighs. Pick an early evening start time to watch the sun set peacefully over Cambridge’s ancient buildings. Afterwards, head to a traditional pub to toast the day’s successes (and enjoy a hearty, post-sightseeing feast).
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Graduate-Guided Cambridge University & City Tour

Graduate-Guided Cambridge University & City Tour

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Experience one of the world’s most famous universities on a walking tour of the prestigious Cambridge University. Follow your guide, a University of Cambridge student, around architectural highlights like Trinity College, King’s College, and Corpus Christi College; see the halls where alumni like Sir Isaac Newton, C.S. Lewis, and John Harvard once walked; and peek into student haunts like The Eagle Pub. This small-group tour is limited to 20 people for a personal experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Chauffeured Punting Tour in Cambridge

Chauffeured Punting Tour in Cambridge

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See enchanting Cambridge from a different perspective with this chauffeured punting tour. Get a deeper sense of the history of this university town from the knowledgeable guide as you cruise past he Bridge of Sighs, The Wren Library, Kings College Chapel, The Mathematical Bridge, New Court St Johns and Clare Bridge. Steep yourself in 800 years of history on this fun tour.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Cambridge University & City Tour With University Alumni Guide

Cambridge University & City Tour With University Alumni Guide

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The university colleges of Cambridge are widely considered among the prettiest and most academically successful in England, with a history dating back centuries. This walking tour from the city center takes you to the heart of Cambridge University and the famed King's College, and shines a light on the famous actors, inventors, mathematicians, Nobel Prize-winners and scientists who have lived and worked here.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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University Walk

University Walk

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This tour is a great choice for history fans. Learn about Cambridge’s past and how it became the world-class University city it is today. Save time waiting in long visitor lines by having a ticket to the Round Church included. You’ll explore the historic church which dates back to the 12th century, before walking into the center past Cambridge University colleges. See the Senate House, the Cambridge University Press bookshop, the Cavendish Laboratory, and many of Cambridge’s most interesting sights in one day.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private: Graduate-Guided Cambridge University & City Tour

Private: Graduate-Guided Cambridge University & City Tour

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Learn about the secrets of Cambridge University on this private guided walking tour. Explore the colleges with a knowledgeable insider—a former student. By going on a student-guided tour, you’ll be able to ask questions about what life at Cambridge was like, and hear fascinating anecdotes. You won’t have to worry about navigating as your guide will lead the way and take you to multiple colleges, chapels, and libraries.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Chauffeur Punt Tour

Private Chauffeur Punt Tour

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Float along the River Cam on a private punt just for you and your travel companions. You'll have the whole punt to yourselves, and will receive personalized attention from your guide. Pass the beautiful landmarks of Cambridge University and learn about their history while relaxing on this chilled-out river tour.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Shared Chauffeur Punt Tour

Shared Chauffeur Punt Tour

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Admire the beauty of Cambridge in a cost-effective yet scenic way by opting for a shared punt tour. Put away the guidebook and enjoy commentary from your chauffeur along the way about Cambridge’s top landmarks, such as Kings College Chapel, and the Mathematical Bridge. The tour exposes great photo opportunities you wouldn’t see from the ground, and the punt passes by multiple Cambridge college ‘backs’ including St. John’s, Clare, King’s, and Trinity.
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
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