Organized Tours in Cambridge

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 how to get to Cambridge 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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Best Things to See and Do in Cambridge UK

Best Things to See and Do in Cambridge

In this post, we will provide a selection of interesting activities you can enjoy in Cambridge. We will also include a list of free, family-friendly and nighttime attractions you may want to visit.

 

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO SEE AND DO

This section will cover the ten most popular attractions to experience while you’re in Cambridge. 

Although some of the following activities are free, family-friendly, or fun after dark, our sections on those subjects will include even more great ideas that you may want to consider.


(1) Visit a Museum

There are a lot of interesting museums in Cambridge which cover a variety of different subjects including archaeology, artwork, nature and more. 

 

 

Whether you want to learn more about these topics or see notable exhibits and artifacts, you may want to consider visiting one of the following locations:

  • Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Museum of Zoology
  • Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
  • Whipple Museum of the History of Science
  • Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology

Each of these museums offers free admission, making this one of the most affordable activities in Cambridge.

TIP: For more activities that won’t cost you anything to enjoy, please read our free things to do in Cambridge section.


(2) Go on a Punting Tour

The River Cam goes through the heart of Cambridge, passing many notable and historic sites along the way, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that one of the best ways to see this city is by boat.

Thankfully, there are a lot of punting tours you can take which cover a lot of popular landmarks such as the Bridge of Sighs, the University of Cambridge, Trinity College, St. John’s College and more.

 

 

For those who don’t know, a punt is a small boat which typically seats 1-6 people comfortably; your guide will use a large pole to push the boat down the river at a leisurely pace.

This is both a fun and relaxing way to discover the area, and you can learn more about it in the punting tours section of our Cambridge tours post.


(3) See the University of Cambridge & Other Historic Colleges

The most notable school in this city is undoubtedly the University of Cambridge, which is known for its abundance of famous and historic alumni.

In addition to serving as the university where scientists such as Charles Darwin and Alan Turing got their education, Cambridge is also home to several historic sites and landmarks.

 

 

Aside from the University of Cambridge, there are also several notable colleges in the area with their own historic sites to see and experience.

If you’re interested in doing a little more sightseeing, keep an eye out for the following locations:

  • King’s College
  • Queen’s College
  • St. John’s College
  • Christ’s College
  • Trinity College

NOTE: Many of these sites are covered on a variety of tours through the city. Check our post about Cambridge guided tours for more information.


(4) Get An Overview of the City

There are several different tours you can take in Cambridge, and while some can serve as an excellent overview of the city, others focus more on specific subjects and schools in the area.

If you’re looking for an overview that will cover several different sites throughout this college town, you may want to consider a hop-on-hop-off bus tour instead.

 

 

This service offers 19 stops including sites such as the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge American Cemetery & Memorial, Queen’s College and more.

The nice thing about this tour is that you can hop off at any stop you want, spend some time taking a look around, and hop back on at your leisure to continue your trip around Cambridge.

Tickets are reasonably priced and they last for an entire day, giving you a lot of time to explore the city at your own pace.

For additional details, check our post covering Cambridge bus tours.


(5) Discover the Churches of Cambridge

There are several notable and historic churches in this city, and they all have incredible architectural features that everyone can enjoy.

 

 

Whether you’re interested in the history of these locations or you just want to see how they were designed, no trip to Cambridge is complete without at least checking out a few of the following locations:

  • The Round Church (Holy Sepulchre)
  • St. Andrew the Great Church
  • Great St. Mary’s Church
  • Holy Trinity Church
  • King’s College Chapel

While some of these locations are free to visit, others will charge a small fee for entry or special access to certain areas.

TIP: Discounted admission to the Round Church is included with the Cambridge bus tour.


(6) Take a Walking Tour

If you want to see and learn more about the historic landmarks and attractions in this city, a Cambridge walking tour may be in order.

There are several different types of walking tours available in this area, including some that are actually led by alumni of the University of Cambridge!

 

 

This is a great way to discover the history behind all of the colleges, universities and other sites in the area, and most tours only take 1 ½ – 2 hours to complete.

Ticket prices depend on the type of tour you choose, but there are plenty of affordable options available.

For additional details about this activity, please read our post about guided tours in Cambridge.


(7) Grab a Drink at The Eagle

You might not think of an old pub as being particularly noteworthy, but you have to remember that this is a college town.

Some of the most famous Cambridge alumni would visit The Eagle after class to relax, and as a result, this is actually the site of a few historic moments.

One of the most notable examples came when Francis Crick announced that he and James Watson had discovered “the secret of life” – DNA.

 

 

The Eagle Pub was also a favorite among WW2 soldiers and airmen who began the practice of burning their names and nicknames into the ceiling. This graffiti has been well preserved and you can still see it to this day!

Needless to say, there are far better reasons to visit The Eagle than just grabbing a pint – although that is also a great idea!

NOTE: This location is open late, so if you’re in town after dark, you might want to drop by and take a look. For more fun after the sun goes down, check our section on things to do at night in Cambridge.


(8) Visit the Wren Library

Named after the famous architect who designed it, the Wren Library of Trinity College is filled with more than just books.

In addition to various medieval manuscripts, this location also houses such artifacts as a lock of Isaac Newton’s hair and his walking stick.

 


This photo of Cambridge Wren Library is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

If you’re coming with the family, make sure to stop in and see the original manuscript for A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh!

The Wren Library is open to the public for only a short period each weekday from 12 pm – 2 pm, so it will be important to plan your day around this activity.

Learn more about the Wren Library and what you can expect to see here.

TIP: For more family-friendly ideas, make sure to check our section about things to do with kids in Cambridge.


(9) Explore Anglesey Abbey

Located just outside of Cambridge, this unique mansion features a lot of interesting activities and attractions.

In addition to all of the artwork and tapestries inside, there are also gardens surrounding Anglesey Abbey with more than 114 acres of parkland.

 

 

There is also a Wildlife Discovery Area for children and youth where they can learn about various bugs, birds and more. They also offer a Flower Forecast to let you know what will be in bloom during your visit!

If you come during the winter, you may also have the opportunity to enjoy their Winter Lights program which illuminates sites such as the Silver Birch Grove and the Winter Garden.


(10) Go Shopping at the Grand Arcade

If you’ve got some free time once you’re done seeing all of the historic sites, consider heading to the Grand Arcade for a bit of shopping.

There are a lot of popular stores at this shopping mall and several great restaurants nearby where you can grab a bite to eat as well.

 

 

Whether you’re looking for some new clothes or you want to get a treat for yourself, this is a great place to shop around while you’re in Cambridge.

Not interested in a shopping mall? Head to the Cambridge Market Square only a few blocks away for an outdoor market with plenty of souvenirs and snacks to purchase from local vendors!

NOTE: To find out more about the best places to eat, check our section covering restaurants and food in Cambridge.

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO

This section will go into greater detail about some of the best free activities and attractions in Cambridge.

 

 

If you’re looking for even more things to do, don’t forget to check our other sections for ideas like going to a free museum, visiting the Wren Library, seeing the historic colleges or going inside some of the free churches.


Take a Free Walking Tour

In addition to all the paid tours you can take through this city, there is also at least one Cambridge walking tour that won’t cost a thing.

Footprints offers a pay-what-you-want tour which covers a lot of different subjects and locations including King’s College and Trinity Hall.

With a duration of around 2 hours, you should have plenty of time to see and learn about a majority of the notable landmarks in Cambridge. 

This guided walk around the city is available twice per day at 11:00 am and 14:00 (2 pm).

Learn more about this opportunity on our post covering Cambridge walking tours.


Go For a Walk Around the Backs

Several of the most notable colleges and universities in Cambridge are lined up directly alongside the River Cam, which is just one reason why it’s so fun to go on a punt through the city.

Even if you don’t feel like taking a punting tour, you can still enjoy this beautiful area simply by taking a walk around the “Backs” of these schools.

The Backs are actually considered a high-grade historic park connecting St. John’s Trinity, Trinity Hall, Clare, King’s College, and Queen’s College.

Visitors will find a nice gravel path which threads through all the lawns alongside the river, making it easy to enjoy all the scenery.

Best of all, this activity won’t cost you a thing!


See the Famous Bridges

While you’re walking along The Backs, you’ll pass several bridges connecting both sides of the river, and some of them are actually quite historic sites!

One of the most notable examples is the Mathematical Bridge outside Queen’s College. This wooden bridge was constructed without the need for nails, relying solely on specific equations to ensure its strength.

If you find yourself behind St. John’s College, you’ll have an opportunity to see the Bridge of Sighs. Named after another covered bridge in Venice, this was reportedly Queen Victoria’s favorite spot in Cambridge.

 


This photo of Bridge of Sighs is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

While you’re near this college, you may want to visit Kitchen Bridge as well. This is the second oldest bridge in Cambridge, and it was built according to the designs of Christopher Wren – the architect behind Wren Library!

These are just a few of the more notable bridges in Cambridge, but you’ll see many more as you walk along the River Cam.

 


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NIGHTTIME ACTIVITIES

In this section, we will provide details about some of the most interesting things to do at night in Cambridge.

 

 

If you’re looking for even more activities and attractions, don’t forget to check our other sections for ideas such as visiting the Eagle pub, special events at Anglesey Abbey, seeing the Corpus Clock, and more.


Take a Ghost Tour

With a history dating back several centuries, Cambridge is home to several disturbing tales and reports of hauntings. 

If you have an interest in the paranormal, supernatural or true crime stories, you may want to consider taking a Cambridge ghost tour.

There is currently one company offering three tours, each covering a different side of the city. While some are only an hour long, others last up to 2 hours and include more information.

The best part about these haunted tours is that you can take them at almost any time you want and they actually recommend starting at 7 pm or later!

For more information about this activity, make sure to read our post which includes details about Cambridge ghost tours.


See a Musical or Live Performance

There are a few different theatres in Cambridge and they each offer some pretty interesting productions throughout the year. Needless to say, each of these locations provides shows after dark!

Cambridge Arts Theatre is one of the most popular options, and they routinely offer popular shows such as The Girl On The Train, The Lady Vanishes, The Lovely Bones and more.

 


This photo of Cambridge Junction is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

Alternatively, you may also want to look at Cambridge Junction for a variety of musical performances, family shows, stand-up comedy and more.

The Cambridge Corn Exchange also offers a wide variety of performing arts including live music, stand-up comedy, family shows, musicals and more.

If you’d rather see a movie, head to the Arts Picture House just down the street from the Grand Arcade.


Visit a Graveyard After Dark

There are a handful of cemeteries in and around Cambridge, and even though some of them close their gates at sunset, others are open 24 hours!

 


This photo of Histon Road Cemetery is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

If you’re looking for a spooky activity and you don’t feel like taking a tour, consider visiting one of the following locations.

  • Mill Road Cemetery
  • Histon Road Cemetery

In addition to the fact that several historic people have been buried in these graveyards, they are also listed as either city wildlife sites or parks and gardens of special historic interest.

With gravestones dating back hundreds of years, each cemetery is also an excellent place to see sculptures and other forms of art from various periods.

TIP: Neither of these sites are well-lit, so it will be necessary to bring a flashlight if you plan to come after the sun goes down. This could also be a great activity at sunset.

 


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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS

The following section will discuss a few of the more popular family-friendly activities you can enjoy in Cambridge.

 

 

Check our other sections for even more fun attractions and things to do with children such as exploring Anglesey Abbey, visiting a free museum, seeing the manuscript for Winnie the Pooh at the Wren Library and more.


Go to the Botanic Garden

In addition to serving as the home of a prestigious school, Cambridge University also has one of the biggest and most beautiful gardens in England.

Several family activities are held throughout the year and there is a trail full of prehistoric plants for children to hunt down.

During the summer, the Cambridge University Botanic Garden provides free guided tours every weekend.

Although entry isn’t free for adults, all children and youth under 16 will be given free admission to the garden.

Tickets are £6 for adults and £5.50 for seniors & students. The garden opens at 10:00 am every morning and closes up at 16:00 (4 pm) during the winter, 17:00 (5 pm) throughout the spring and 18:00 (6 pm) in the summer.


See the Corpus Clock

Located on the front of the Taylor Library at Corpus Christi College, this clock has an interesting design that older kids may enjoy.

Sitting atop the clock is an insect that appears to actually eat the passing time as it goes by. There are no hands or numbers to help you tell the time – instead, three rings of LEDs give you the hours, minutes and seconds.

 


Esta foto de Corpus Clock es cortesía de TripAdvisor

 

Although it may be a little too creepy for some younger visitors, it could actually be exciting for older kids to see the hour strike, as chains begin to rattle and a hammer hits a wooden coffin.

This could also be a fun nighttime activity; some visitors indicate that the insect looks even more menacing after dark!

Learn more about the Corpus Clock.


Go to the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Although we’ve already listed this in our top 10 section, it’s worth pointing out that this is one of the best museums for kids in all of Cambridge.

Aside from being the oldest museum in the city, it’s also home to an impressive collection of fossils including dinosaur skeletons – including a T-rex skull!

The Sedgwick Museum is also home to 2,000 rock samples gathered by Charles Darwin, making this a great location to learn more about the planet on which we all live.

This location is open from 10 am – 5 pm every weekday, but they close up an hour earlier on Saturday and they are closed on Sunday.

Learn more about the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences.

 


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RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

In addition to historic sites like The Eagle Pub, there are several other great locations where you can grab a bite to eat or something to drink in Cambridge. This section will provide a lost or restaurants you may want to visit while you’re in the area.

 


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WHY VISIT CAMBRIDGE?

Much like Oxford, this location is known for its famous university, which has educated some of the finest minds in the world.

Their list of alumni includes Charles Darwin, Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking and many more.

 

 

In addition to Cambridge University, this city also features several notable and historic sites including the following landmarks:

  • King’s College
  • Queen’s College
  • St. John’s College
  • Christ’s College
  • Trinity College
  • Holy Sepulchre
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Botanic Garden
  • Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Museum of Zoology
  • Museum of Cambridge
  • Great St. Mary’s Church
  • Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
  • And more!

Aside from these attractions, there are also a variety of outings available in Cambridge including punting tours, bus tours and walking tours.

For more details about popular sites and other activities, you can enjoy while you’re in the area, make sure to check our post about things to do in Cambridge.

 


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WHERE IS CAMBRIDGE?

Cambridge is approximately 60 miles (97 km) north of London, and either a 1 ½ – 2 hour drive or 50-minute train ride away. It is also less than 2 hours away from Birmingham and Oxford.

 

London to Cambridge by Train

 

You can also take a public coach or get tickets for an organized bus tour from London. These options usually take 2 – 2 ½ hours to reach Cambridge.

Visitors traveling by car to Cambridge can do so via the M11 or A1. The route is relatively straightforward and perhaps a better option for those hoping to go elsewhere after their time in Cambridge.

 

London to Cambridge by Car

 

That said, anyone who is traveling directly between London and Cambridge is better suited to take the train, as traffic coming in and out of London is often very heavy.

No matter how you choose to get here, it shouldn’t take more than 2 ½ hours to reach the city unless you run into traffic.

It should be noted that some routes to Cambridge include toll roads.

 


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TAKING THE TRAIN TO CAMBRIDGE FROM LONDON

Taking the train to Cambridge is more than twice as fast as traveling by car.

King’s Cross is the station from which most trains depart for Cambridge, though some also leave from Liverpool Street Station. 

Between the two stations, there are trains departing every 10-15 minutes from 4:00 am until midnight. Visitors should expect travel time to take anywhere between 50 minutes – 1½ hours.

Additionally, the cost of the journey can fluctuate, but you should expect a price of at least £16-£25 return depending on whether you get a peak or off-peak tickets.

 

Cambridge Train Station

 

Once you arrive, there will be two stations to choose from: Cambridge and Cambridge North. Most of the bus services in the area operate from the main Cambridge station, so you’ll probably want to stop there.

Those travelling during ‘Peak’ hours will pay more than those travelling during ‘Off-Peak’ or ‘Super-Off-Peak’.

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TAKING A PUBLIC COACH FROM LONDON TO CAMBRIDGE

There are several coach companies that offer services between London and Cambridge. 

The companies we recommend most are National Express and Megabus, as both have coaches departing from either location every 1-2 hours throughout the day.

Public coaches can take anywhere from 2 – 2 ½ hours to reach Cambridge from London.

The price of the journey varies immensely depending on how far in advance you purchase your ticket, but you can usually expect tickets to run from £5-£15 (depending on whether they are one-way or return) when you buy them ahead of time.

Tickets purchased within a few days of the journey can be more expensive, whilst tickets purchased at least a week in advance are often much cheaper than the train.

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ORGANISED BUS TOURS FROM LONDON TO CAMBRIDGE

This service is designed for visitors who don’t want to think about travel expenses and paying for additional activities in Cambridge.

An organized bus tour typically includes a return coach ticket, a free guided sightseeing tour and potentially even entry to one or more popular attractions.

 

 

While some organized tours to Cambridge will give you an entire day to explore the city, others last for 8-10 hours on average, with 4-5 hours of that being travel time to and from the historic college town.

Ticket prices for this service typically range from £50-£60 per person, but you can also get combo packages which include day trips to Oxford and other locations nearby for anywhere from £80-£100.

For more details about this option, make sure to check this list of organized bus tours to Cambridge.

 


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Churchill War Rooms Tickets + Discounts

This post explains how to visit the Churchill War Rooms in London, with tips on tickets, discounts, what you will see and how to plan your visit.  

TIP: For more of London during WW2, make sure to book yourself onto our World War II Walking Tour!

 

 


OVERVIEW

Preserved and looked after by the Imperial War Museum, the Churchill War Rooms are a must-see for lovers of history or those who are interested in learning more about our military past or the life and times of Mr. Churchill himself.

The War Rooms were initially created in the basement of the New Public Offices to be used in the event of war or aerial bombing.

 

Churchill War Room Overview

 

Conversion of the basement into the War Rooms began in June 1938 and became operation 27th of August the following year – literally days before Britain’s declaration of war on Germany on September 3rd, 1939. Read more »

Stonehenge Tours from London

Organized Stonehenge Tours from London

The following post will provide details about organized tours to Stonehenge, including tours that also cover other popular attractions.

 

 


OVERVIEW OF STONEHENGE TOURS

When it comes to visiting Stonehenge from London, there are several different services to consider.  Read more »

Stonehenge Tickets and Discounts

Stonehenge Tickets, Discounts, and Free Entry

This post provides information on ticket options for Stonehenge, including special early/late access and discounts and opportunities for free admission. 

 

 


TICKET DETAILS

English Heritage, responsible for Stonehenge, have established a museum at the Stonehenge site to give visitors the facts of the structure, as well as the history of the landmark and the surrounding area. Read more »

Abbey Road

How to get to Abbey Road Crossing in London

This post describes how to reach the Abbey Road Crossing in London, also known as the Beatles Crosswalk. Located in the north London neighbourhood of St. John’s Wood, it is easily accessible by the London Underground. We also list several guided tours that visit the crossing.

 

 


PLAN YOUR VISIT

This section will provide information on the best times to visit Abbey Road, what to expect and how to get there. No matter how or when you choose to visit, remember that this is still an active road and you should be careful while crossing the street.

Visiting Abbey Road is #2 on our top 10 list of free things to do in LondonRead more »

A Complete Guide to Visiting London This Autumn (2019)

London is a fun and family-friendly city to visit this fall. There are plenty of fun and free things to do all around the city, and this is your guide to enjoying the best of London this fall.

 

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN LONDON IN FALL

This is a Top 10 list of things to do in London this Fall. For more ideas on popular things to do in London, check out our posts on bus tours and walking tours of the city.

Some of the items listed in this post are included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass Read more »