Cambridge Tour Guides


 Experience the stories behind the beautiful buildings on one of our entertaining and informative tours. You will hear about the many famous people who have lived and worked in Cambridge, such as Isaac Newton who spent his entire academic life in Trinity College. Our tours are packed with interesting facts, anecdotes, tales of student pranks and the occasional ghost.

You will find a full list of our tours on the next page under  “Our Tours”.


Cambridge Tour Guides was founded in 2011 by Chris Skilton and Tony Rodgers, representing respectively "Town" and Gown" (Tony is an alumnus of Trinity Hall and a Life Fellow of Hughes Hall). We are now ranked 1st on TripAdvisor out of 97 Cambridge Tours. You can read our latest reviews at the foot of this page.


The official tourist office in Cambridge closed in 2020.  There is no longer a central point where visitors can go for information. We can't pretend to offer the full range of advice that the tourist office provided. But we are happy to provide advice and tips on  how you might plan your time in Cambridge e.g. punting, restaurants, pubs and things to do. We don’t  charge for this or receive any commission from suppliers. Just drop an email to

Visitors to Cambridge looking for tourist advice can also drop in at the Cambridge Gift Shop on Rose Crescent, CB2 3LL. Joan and her team will be happy to help where they can. The Gift Shop is the starting point for most of our tours and our clients will also receive 10% discount on any purchases.


We are delighted that King's are once again allowing guided visits to their world-renowned Chapel.   Cambridge Green Badge guides are the only guides allowed to take groups inside the Chapel and to explain its fascinating history and many splendours. You can include a visit to King's Chapel as part of our two hour private tour, "From the Romans to DNA: the History of Cambridge". If you book this tour online  we will take you through the booking procedures required by King's. Tickets cost £10 per person and have to be purchased within 20 minute time slots. You can find full details on the King's College web site at 

If you would like to learn more about a visit to King's just email us at


Most of the other Cambridge colleges remain closed to visitors because of the Covid pandemic. One exception is Pembroke College, which allows a limited number of tours each hour. Entry is free but tour groups have to book a time slot, which we can do. During May 2022 the college will close for an extended period due to the exam season.




Public Tour: Historic Cambridge

During this shared public tour you will see all the key sights in the historic heart of Cambridge.  You will  hear about the many famous, and infamous, people that have lived and studied here. The tour includes the more well-known medieval colleges such as Trinity, St. John’s, Gonville and Caius, King’s and Corpus Christi. You will also see St Bene't's 11th century church, the 12th century Round Church, the Senate House, Old Schools, Great St Mary's, the historic Eagle Pub and, of course, the old Cavendish Laboratory where 29 Nobel prizes were earned.

The tour starts at 13:00 every day. Tickets are available online and from The Cambridge Gift Shop, Rose Crescent, CB2 3LL.

Private Tour: From the Romans to DNA

A private two hour tour for you and your companions  only. You will see and learn about famous colleges such as Trinity, St. John’s, King’s, Gonville & Caius, and Corpus Christi. The tour also includes St.Bene't's 11th century church, the historic Eagle Pub,  as well as the world-famous Old Cavendish Laboratory where 29 Nobel Prize winners made an extraordinary contribution to the sciences. Along the way you will also see the 12th century Round Church, the Senate  House, Old Schools and Great St.Mary's Church.

This two hour tour allows time to visit the world-famous King's College Chapel. Tickets have to be purchased separately direct from the King's web site at  

If you would like details of how to visit King's just email us at


Private Tour: Cambridge Places & People

A ninety-minute private tour that takes in all of the key sights in the historic heart of Cambridge. This includes famous colleges, such as King’s, Trinity, St. John’s, Gonville and Caius and Corpus Christi. We will also visit other renowned Cambridge sights such as the old Cavendish Laboratory, the historic Eagle Pub and St Benet’s' 11th century church.

The Cambridge Ghost tour

In a city packed with buildings dating back to the 11th century, it is little wonder that ghost stories abound. Our tour will show you the places where unexplained and unusual occurrences are known to have happened, and still happen. This ever-popular tour will tell you about the spookier side of Cambridge.

The Fitzwilliam Museum Tour

Cambridge University's Fitzwilliam Museum is widely acknowledged as one of the best regional museums in the UK, perhaps in Europe.  Very few museums boast such a variety and depth of exhibits on one single site.

The Fitzwilliam is once again open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday at 10:00-17:00 and on Sundays and Bank Holidays from 12:00-17:00. Entry is free but booking is required.

Our introductory 1.5 hour tour will take you to some key exhibits and to some easily-overlooked hidden gems, plus a few of the guide’s personal favourites. The maximum number allowed  by the Museum on each tour is five. Tours must be booked well in advance. To enquire about a Fitzwilliam tour please email us at



We have 927 reviews on Trip Advisor and are ranked 3rd out of 107 tours in Cambridge. You can find our page by going to Trip Advisor and searching for "Cambridge Tour Guides".

We have received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence every year since 2015.