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Cambridge Tour Guides

GUIDED WALKING TOURS

 To wander the old streets of historic Cambridge is a very visual experience. And yet there is so much more to tell. More than can be gleaned by just admiring the buildings.  Our tours will make Cambridge come alive. 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 the stories behind the buildings, with anecdotes, 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

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.

TOURIST INFORMATION

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 chris@cambridgetourguides.co.uk

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.

KING'S COLLEGE CHAPEL

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 www.kings.cam.ac.uk 

If you would like to learn more about a visit to King's just email us at chris@cambridgetourguides.co.uk

CAMBRIDGE COLLEGES

Most of the other Cambridge colleges remain closed to visitors because of the Covid pandemic. One exception is Corpus Christ, which was founded by the Cambridge townspeople in 1352. The public are allowed  to visit Corpus Christi on payment of a £5 entry fee, payable at the main entrance.

 

 

 

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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 2:30pm 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 www.kings.cam.ac.uk  

If you would like details of how to visit King's just email us at chris@cambridgetourguides.co.uk

 

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 chris@cambridgetourguides.co.uk

 

TRIP ADVISOR REVIEWS

We have 814 reviews on Trip Advisor and are ranked 1st  out of 97 tours in Cambridge. You can find our page by going to Trip Advisor and searching for "Cambridge Tour Guides". 788 reviews are rated "Excellent", 25 are rated "very good". We have two poor reviews: one was for the Hop on Hop Off bus, which was posted in error to our page and has nothing to do with us (Trip Advisor have stubbornly refused to remove it!). The second was also for a tour wrongly posted to our page. You can read our latest reviews at the foot of this page.

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