This post details the different types of walking tours available to you in Cambridge, including free walking tours, ghost tours, and more.
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.
Free Cambridge walking tours are pay-what-you-wish, which means that you get to decide what the journey was worth when it is over.
There are also paid walking tours and some of them are actually led by alumni of Cambridge University, ensuring that you’ll learn a lot about the colleges in particular.
We are also working on creating a self-guided tour of Cambridge, but it has yet to be completed.
Until it's ready, we recommend reading our post about things to do in Cambridge instead, as it covers a lot of the most notable sites.
Can you take a Cambridge University tour for free?
While most of the free Cambridge walking tours include at least one stop at Cambridge University, there are no pay-what-you-wish walking tours that focus specifically on the university.
FREE 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.
Free Walking Tour of Cambridge
This pay-what-you-wish walking tour covers a variety of different locations in and around Cambridge, including some of the following sites:
- Corpus Clock
- King's College
- Pembroke College
- Mathematical Bridge
- Cavendish Laboratories
- Great St. Mary's Church
- And more!
You can take this 2-hour tour twice a week on Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 pm. This service is currently offered primarily in English.
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.
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 the most famous sites of Cambridge University, 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
NOTE: This company also offers a Cambridge University tour for £29.99.
If you're looking for a tour you can take in Spanish, this pay-what-you-wish walking tour of Cambridge is an excellent option.
Here are a few of the locations you can expect to see along the way:
- Market Hill
- King's College
- St. Eduard's Alley
- St. Botolph's Church
- Pembroke College
- Trinity College
- And more!
This free Cambridge walking tour is offered daily at 11:30 am and it's approximately 2 hours 30 minutes long.
On Saturday and Sunday, the tour is also offered a second time at 15:30 (3:30 pm).
Paid Cambridge Walking Tours
These outings aren't free, but they do offer an excellent alternative if you can't manage to schedule one of the pay-what-you-wish walking tours listed above.
These groups tend to be smaller and some of these tours are even led by alumni of Cambridge University!
Cambridge Tour Guides
The highest-rated walking tour company in Cambridge on Tripadvisor, this company organizes private or group tours for visitors.
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: £150 per person
- Pick your tour time from 9:00 - 20:00 (9 am - 8 pm)
- Includes pickup service from any central hotel
- Refunds are offered for cancellations at least 24 hours in advance
Cambridge Alumni Tours
Another highly rated company, Cambridge Alumni Tours is (unsurprisingly) led by former Cambridge University alumni.
This means that guests learn historical facts in addition to gaining insight into what it’s like to live and study at Cambridge.
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: £23/Adults | £21/Youth | £18/Kids
- Hours: 11:00 (11 am), 13:00 (1 pm)
- Includes entry to Pembroke and Trinity College
- Refunds are available if tickets are cancelled within 24 hours