Which Cambridge Tour Is Best?

This post details the different types of guided tours available in Cambridge, including walking tours, punting tours, bus tours, ghost tours and more.

 

 


OVERVIEW

There are several different tours you can take in Cambridge, and each one offers a different perspective of the city and its many historic landmarks.

Walking tours can be some of the most affordable outings in the area, and some of them are actually led by alumni of Cambridge University, ensuring that you’ll learn a lot about the colleges in particular.

Alternatively, you can also take a punting tour (boat tour) down the River Cam which runs alongside many of “The Backs” of major colleges and universities in the area.

In addition to these options, there is also a bus tour available in Cambridge as well as bus tours from London which will take you to the city.

Finally, if you’re interested in learning about the spookier side of this college town, there are some ghost tours you may want to consider.

This post will cover each of the different types of tours available in Cambridge, providing details about prices, availability and what you can expect from each outing.

 


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BUS TOURS

There is only one bus tour currently available in Cambridge, but there are also bus tours from London which include walking tours and admission to popular attractions.


City Sightseeing

This is one of the most well known and respected bus tour companies in the world, and they provide a hop-on-hop-off bus service in Cambridge.

 

City Sightseeing Cambridge

 

While taking this tour, you’ll have the opportunity to jump off at whatever stop you wish and take a closer look at any of the landmarks in the area.

There are a total of 19 stops on this tour, including locations close to Queen’s College, Pembroke College, Trinity College and more.

And if you are coming by train, one of their stops is the main train station so you can hop right on board when you arrive.

 

Cambridge City Sightseeing Map

 

Your ticket will last for an entire day, giving you plenty of time to explore Cambridge and enjoy the whole tour at a leisurely pace.

  • Ticket Prices: £16.50/Adults | £13.50/Students, Seniors
  • Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 (10 am – 5 pm)
  • Available in 7 different languages
  • Includes discount for admission to Round Church
  • Tickets can be refunded up to 24 hours before use

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Bus Tours From London

There are several bus tours from London which include transportation to and from Cambridge. If you’re still trying to decide how to get here, this could be a great option which includes additional tours and activities. 

While some of these day trips include walking tours of the colleges and campuses in the area, others offer admission to popular attractions like the Tower of Saint Mary the Great.

 

 

In addition to these benefits, there are some bus tours from London which include trips to additional locations like Oxford. If you want to see more than just Cambridge, these combo packages could be an excellent option.

Ticket prices for public day trips to Cambridge typically run from £50-£75 on average while combo bus tours can set you back £75-£95 depending on which locations are included.

For more details, make sure to read our post about Cambridge Bus Tours from London.

 


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WALKING TOURS OF CAMBRIDGE

These are some of the most popular and affordable tours available in Cambridge, and they usually cover most of the historic and notable sites in the city.

This section will provide details about some of the better walking tours in Cambridge, what you can expect to see on each outing, and how much each tour will cost.


Cambridge Tour Guides

The highest-rated walking tour company in Cambridge on Tripadvisor, this company organizes private or group tours for visitors. 

 

Cambridge Tour Guide

 

As there is no ‘standard’ tour, guests can really design their tour to fit their needs. This company does not offer public tours, so expect the cost to reflect that of a private tour.

Tours start at 2 hours in length, and you can expect to see iconic sites such as King’s College Chapel and Cambridge University.

  • Ticket Price: £110 per person
  • Pick your tour time from 9:00 – 20:00 (9 am – 8 pm)
  • Includes pickup service from any central hotel
  • Refunds offered for cancellations at least 24 hours in advance

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Cambridge Alumni Tours

Another highly rated company, Cambridge Alumni Tours are (unsurprisingly) led by former Cambridge students. 

This means that guests learn historic facts in addition to gaining insight into what it’s like to live and study at Cambridge. 

 

Cambridge Alumni Walking Tour

 

They offer both public and private tours, making services a bit more affordable. In addition to the walking tours, Cambridge Alumni Tours also offer punting tours.

This walking tour runs for a total of 1 ½ hours and it covers sites like Cambridge University, Trinity College, and Pembroke College.

  • Ticket Prices: £17.50/Adults | £15/Youth | £8/Kids
  • Hours: 11:00 (11 am), 13:00 (1 pm) and 15:00 (3 pm)
  • Includes entry to Pembroke and Trinity College
  • Refunds available if tickets are cancelled within 24 hours

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Footprints Tours

Footprints Tours is a walking tour company that operates in several UK cities, including London, Oxford, and Bath. 

Their Cambridge tour is another popular option, which features guides who are trained to add extra personality in their tours. 

 

Footprints Tours Cambridge

 

Like Free Tours By Foot, Footprints Tours are ‘name your own price’ so there is no risk in taking the tour.

This outing will last for a total of 2 hours, covering a variety of sites such as King’s College and Trinity Hall.

  • Ticket Prices: pay-what-you-wish
  • Hours: 11:00 (11 am) and 14:00 (2 pm)
  • Includes tips on great local cafes, bars and more

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CAMBRIDGE PUNTING TOURS

In this section, we will provide details about each company that offers Cambridge Punting tours.

 

 

These outings typically take place on small-to-medium sized boats which carry 1-6 passengers on average. A tour guide will use a large pole to propel the boat down the river and throughout Cambridge.

This is an extremely popular activity, as the River Cam runs through the heart of Cambridge and thus offers beautiful views of the surrounding buildings.


Let’s Go Punting

The highest-ranked tour in Cambridge, Let’s Go Punting offers public and private punting tours of the city. 

At 45 minutes long, the amount of information is inevitably less than what might find on a walking tour. However, the views are unmatched!

 


This photo of Go Punting Cambridge is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

Though most people opt to participate in the summer months, this company also offer winter tours that come with blankets and mulled wine.

  • Ticket Prices: £12/Adults | £10/Concession | £5/Kids
  • Hours: Between 10:00 – 17:00 (10 am – 5 pm)
  • Available daily during the warmer months
  • Refunds for tickets cancelled within 24 hours

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Scudamore’s Punting Company

Not quite as highly ranked as Lets Go Punting, Scudamore’s still ranks well for its punting tours around Cambridge. As a matter of fact, they actually won an award for their service!

Their main service is a 1 ½ hour tour which will take you by 8 colleges, 9 bridges and cover many centuries of history in the area.

They also offer a shorter guided punt which lasts for 45 minutes. Although you won’t have as much time to see the sites, this is a much more affordable option if you’re going on your own.

Guests can expect to see locations such as King’s College Chapel, Clare College Gardens, Wren Library and the Wedding Cake Building.

90 Minute Punt

  • Ticket prices: £44.50 per 6 person boat
  • Hours: 9:00 – 21:00 (9 am – 9 pm)
  • Under £10 per person for a full boat.
  • Refunds for tickets cancelled within 24 hours

45 Minute Punt

  • Ticket prices: £19/Adults | £17.75/Students, Seniors
  • Hours: 9:00 – 18:00 (9 am – 6 pm)
  • Includes blankets and umbrellas
  • Refunds for tickets cancelled within 24 hours

Cambridge Alumni Tours

In addition to their walking tours, this company also offers combo tours which include a punt down the River Cam.

As usual, you can expect actual alumni of Cambridge University to guide you on this trip, giving you plenty of information about the area.

 


This photo of Cambridge is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

This combo tour runs for a total of 3 hours, giving you 1 ½ hours for both the walking tour and the punting experience.

Guests can expect to see and learn about such sites as Trinity Hall, Pembroke College, Corpus Christi College, The Eagle Pub and more.

  • Ticket Prices: £34.50/Adults | £29.50/Youth | £19.50/Kids
  • Hours: 11:00 (11 am), 13:00 (1 pm) and 15:00 (3 pm)
  • Includes both a walking tour and punting tour
  • Cancel within 24 hours of purchase for full refund

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CAMBRIDGE GHOST TOURS

With a history that dates back several centuries, it probably shouldn’t surprise anyone that Cambridge is the site of several disturbing tales and reported hauntings.

 

 

Although there aren’t many companies offering ghost tours in the area, this section will focus on at least a few different tours, which cover the more curious side of this university town.


Black Shuck Cambridge Ghost Tours

Obviously not your standard tour, Black Shuck Cambridge Ghost tours divulge the paranormal history of Cambridge. 

There are three signature tours including: Haunted Cambridge Tour, Colleges and Corpses Tour, and the Wickedness and Witches Tour.

Most Cambridge tours focus on the history of the area, so these trips are an excellent alternative for visitors who want to discover the supernatural tales of this location.

Some outings are available either as quick hour-long tours or full-length tours that will last another 45-60 minutes.

Haunted Cambridge Tours

  • Full-Length Ticket Prices
    • £70/1-5 people
    • £110/6-20 people
    • £160/21-40 people
  • One Hour Ticket Prices
    • £45/1-5 people
    • £60/6-20 people

Colleges & Corpses Tour

  • Ticket Prices
    • £110/10-20 people
    • £160/21-40 people
    • £250/41+ people

Wickedness & Witchcraft Tour

  • Ticket Prices
    • £75/1-5 people
    • £110/6-20 people
    • £160/21-40 people

 


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