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How to Spend 3 Days in Cambridge

How to Spend 3 Days in Cambridge

Home to one of the world’s top universities, the scenic city of Cambridge is renowned for its centuries of history, beautiful architecture, and quaint appeal. A 3-day stay gives you ample time to discover Cambridge’s key highlights and also plan a diverting day-trip getaway. Here’s how to make the most of your visit.

Day 1: Academic Cambridge

Far and away the city’s most popular attraction, the University of Cambridge is also one of the oldest and most esteemed universities in the world. Given that it’s home to dozens of colleges (and has been frequented by luminaries including royalty, Nobel Prize winners, and some of the world’s greatest thinkers), exploring the university grounds is the perfect way to spend your first day in town. Walking tours provide a simple way to access some of the most popular colleges, including Trinity, Pembroke, King’s, and Clare, as well as their Backs: the pretty meadows and parks that abut the centuries-old buildings. In between sightseeing, don’t forget to stop by Fitzbillies for a sticky Chelsea bun and go punting (traveling by flat-bottom boat) on the River Cam, both quintessential student experiences. In the evening, head to a buzzing local pub to sip real ale and discover where residents blow off steam.

Day 2: Cambridge Museums and Landmarks

Continue the sightseeing on your second day in town with a morning hop-on-hop-off-bus tour or walking tour, taking in attractions such as Senate House, Market Square, and the Round Church. After a light lunch, dedicate your afternoon to a relaxed museum excursion, perusing Old Masters canvases at the Fitzwilliam Museum or millennia-old artifacts in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. In the evening, venture to one of the city’s cozy, independent eateries for a meal—or, if you’re feeling daring, take to the skies on a private plane ride over Cambridgeshire.

Day 3: Plan a Day Trip

Dedicate the final day of your visit to an inspiring getaway to one of the charming locales in the English countryside. It’s less than an hour’s train journey to the pretty cathedral town of Bury St. Edmund’s, home to a heavy concentration of top-notch landmarks such as 9th-century St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, the Abbey of Bury St. Edmund’s, and the National Trust–owned Ickworth House. Alternatively, the city of Norwich—also renowned for its medieval cathedral, in addition to a Norman castle, art museums, and other highlights—can be reached in a little over an hour by train.

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Alumni-Guided Cambridge University College Walking Tour

Alumni-Guided Cambridge University College Walking 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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$26.47
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City Sightseeing Cambridge Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Cambridge Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Witness exquisite architecture and verdant public spaces on this hop-on hop-off Cambridge sightseeing bus tour.  With your 24-hour pass, relax for the hour-long full tour, or design a personalized itinerary with 16 possible stops with easy access to Trinity College, King’s College Chapel, The Backs and more. Enjoy unobstructed views from the open-air viewing deck and fun onboard commentary as you savor this medieval university town.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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$22.40
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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
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Private 2-Hour Cambridge Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide

Private 2-Hour Cambridge Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide

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Discover Cambridge the way you want, at the pace you want, on a private 2-hour walking tour. Use the flexible itinerary to tailor your sightseeing to your interests, and learn about the city’s history and university from your private guide. Choose to visit famous colleges like Trinity and Queens’, admire King’s College Chapel, or just absorb the atmosphere and architecture on a stroll through the medieval streets. Entrance fees at own expense.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Alumni-Guided Cambridge University College Walking Tour

Private Alumni-Guided Cambridge University College Walking 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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Historic Cambridge: A Guided Walking Tour

Historic Cambridge: A Guided Walking Tour

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We are accredited Green Badge guides who have been successfully guiding in Cambridge since 2011. Thanks to our wonderful clients, we have for many years been the top-ranked Cambridge walking tour on Trip Advisor. We will take you on a journey through 2,000 years of history, and try to have some fun along the way. This is a private tour for you and your companions only. Due to Government restrictions on public gatherings, the maximum group size is 5.
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  • 2 hours
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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
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$135.76
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Discover Cambridge and its region with a local pilot

Discover Cambridge and its region with a local pilot

Go on an unforgettable adventure and discover the beauty of Cambridge in the most unique way...from a private micro plane! You’ll see stunning views of Cambridge University, King's College Chapel, the South East coastline...and many more incredible sights for you to discover with a local pilot! Your pilot is key to this adventure. They are sharing the flights' direct cost, not making a profit. They just love to fly and want you to understand their passion for aviation. So be sure to meet your pilot directly at the airfield provided. ++Confirm weather conditions with your pilot before++ --> Access a local airfield --> Discuss the flight route together with your pilot --> Pre-flight check --> Up you go, enjoy the view from a whole new perspective! The flight can depart between 9-17h, depending on the availability of the pilot, aircraft, and weather. Please let us know your flexible hours/days upon booking, and make sure that you've been in touch with us beforehand!
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