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Overview

The university colleges of Cambridge are widely considered among the prettiest and most academically successful in England, with a history dating back centuries. This walking tour from the city center takes you to the heart of Cambridge University and the famed King's College, and shines a light on the famous actors, inventors, mathematicians, Nobel Prize-winners and scientists who have lived and worked here.
  • Walking tour of Cambridge University, including King's College
  • Explore the hallways and corridors of Cambridge University with a guide
  • Hear about famous alumni such as A. A. Milne, Charles Darwin, and William Wordsworth
  • Visit King’s College—established by King Henry VI in 1441
  • Learn of the role the university plays in Cambridge today
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Entrance to Kings College
Gratuities
11 King's Parade , 11 King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ, UK

We meet at 11 Kings Parade, in front of a store called Fudge Kitchen. We are easy to spot from the bright green umbrella! There will be multiple tours leaving at the same time, you must check with your guide that you are on the "Cambridge University & City tour" with Footprints Tours.

Trinity College , Cambridge CB2 1TQ, UK

We generally finish in front of the main gate of Trinity College which is just 3 minutes down the road from our starting point.

Choose from a morning or afternoon walking tour, then meet your guide in central Cambridge. Widely considered among England’s prettiest cities, Cambridge has a history of academic excellence dating back centuries.

Follow your guide through the streets and colleges of Cambridge and learn how the university has shaped the city we see today. Along the way, learn of famous names such as A. A. Milne, Charles Darwin, and Stephen Hawking, who lived and studied here.

The highlight of your tour is the beautiful King's College and its chapel. Visit the chapel and learn how King Henry VI himself laid the foundation stone in 1441 and how many kings have expanded upon it. See the large vaulted ceiling, decorated with stained glass windows, and see a stunning Rubens painting.

Return to your starting point in central Cambridge to conclude your walking tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
King's College Chapel
Without a doubt, the highlight of your tour will be entering the stunning King’s College Chapel. The foundation stone was laid by King Henry VI himself, and successive English kings providing more and more ambitious additions (hence the name!). The chapel is home to the largest fan vaulted ceiling in the world, its is adorned with majestic stained glass windows, and there is even a Rubens painting (once the most expensive painting ever purchased).
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Peterhouse
Peterhouse was the first College of the university, funded in 1284. The group will stop outside where you can admire the splendid College Chapel and learn more about famous students such as the poet Thomas Gray.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pembroke College
The tour will stop outside of Pembroke College - the third oldest College in Cambridge - where our knowledgeable student guide will tell you about its history, including details about the College's Chapel, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. While admission is free the College doesn't admit groups larger than 6, hence we suggest that you return here after the tour with all the historical insight in mind.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Corpus Christi College
First we will have a look inside the Great Court of Corpus, then our student guide will tell you about the history of this famous College.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Mathematical Bridge
The Mathematical Bridge is one of the most recognized bridges at Cambridge and it has a rather strange origin story. Our student guide will tell you the popular legend, then clarify what the actual origins of the bridge were.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Clare College
The group will stop by the entrance to Clare College on the 'Backs' - the local name of the path leading behind the central Colleges - where you will learn about its history. Additionally at this stop, our guide will highlight the University Library just across the road.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Garret Hostel Bridge
This bridge provides a beautiful view of the River Cam. On the right hand side you will see the bridge of Clare College, the oldest bridge of Cambridge. Straight ahead there is the stunning Jerwood Library of Trinity Hall, which was designed to look like a ship! It's a must do photo stop!
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Senate House
Outside the Senate House our student guide will tell you all the peculiar details of the graduation ceremony in Cambridge, which have been held in Senate House for the past 300 years.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. John's College
The famous neighbor and rival of Trinity College. Here you will learn about its reputation and about the special privilege the College's fellows share with the Royal Family.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Trinity College
The tour will finish by Trinity College where you will learn more about famous alumni such as Sir Isaac Newton and Prince Charles. You will see 'the apple tree' and hear the comically unbelievable story behind the statue of Henry VIII above the gate.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please ensure you are on the correct tour by asking the guide at the start, as multiple tours leave from the same starting point.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • No health restrictions
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Footprints Tours Limited
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Go Inside King's College And Explore Cambridge University With Alumni Guide?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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As we travel from london,...
Jhuma_B
, Jun 2022
As we travel from london, i sent email to them but I didn't get any reply. We are 15 mins late.before they move they didn't call is.as we don't have their contact number so we couldn't contact then unless they contact us. I feel it should be much more oriented . I feel its expensive in comparison with service.
star-5
Great guide. Great tour!
robert_s
, Jun 2022
Great guide. So much history to learn about! Well done. I wished I had more time to explore afterwards but I had to catch a train.
star-5
Sonja was excellent.
Richard_G
, May 2022
Sonja was an excellent guide: personable, knowledgeable and fun. Her love of Cambridge and the university was infectious. I would highly recommend this tour, but the guide makes all the difference. We had a much different experience on the Oxford tour.
star-5
Our guide was very...
Carolyn_C
, Apr 2022
Our guide was very entertaining and informative regarding the history of Cambridge. We very much enjoyed going inside King's College.
star-5
The tour guide had...
Giles_Y
, Apr 2022
The tour guide had fantastic knowledge about her subject. Her passion for Cambridge was very evident from the passion she exuded in her talks.
star-5
Time well spent
Silvia_B
, Mar 2022
Well paced tour. The 2 hours went by very quickly. The guide was very entertaining and engaging guide.
star-5
Best tour of Cambridge
ben_k
, Mar 2022
Best walking tour for 2 hours and even get to go inside the grounds at King's college. Very knowledgeable and very friendly.
star-5
Great tour, Sonia is a...
Darren_M
, Mar 2022
Great tour, Sonia is a very knowledgeable guide. Would recommend! Kings is beautiful and the chapel is stunning.
star-4
History
David_T
, Jul 2021
Hearing the history of each of the colleges and the way that Cambridge developed in the early days and the rivalry with Oxford.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you David for choosing Footprints Tours! We hope to see you at one of our other locations soon :)
star-5
A very knowledgeable guide
Francois_D
, Aug 2020
Our guide Sonya was incredible! Born in Cambridge, she was so knowledgeable about the long history of the city that is was really interesting. We learned a lot. Add to this that she was very kind and ensure to have more individual chat with everyone of the group. Our group was vey small (6) so we could easily enjoy our tour. Way better than these tours you buy on the street which seem to not have any limit. We do recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
We are delighted to hear that Sonya's tour was insightful and you felt safe in the small group. This is exactly the kind of experience we aim to provide in these difficult times. We hope to see you at one of our other locations soon!
star-5
Good way to learn a lot in 2 hours
Rachel_S
, Mar 2020
Interesting and scenic walk around the historic parts of Cambridge. Our guide Sonya was very knowledgeable and delivered the information in an engaging manner.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you for your kind words Rachel! It was our pleasure to tell you about both history and science at Cambridge :) I will make sure Sonya receives your compliments.
star-5
Booked a private walking tour with...
Susan H
, May 2017
Booked a private walking tour with footprints and spent a great 2 hours with Tim, himself a Cambridge graduate still attending college. Tim was friendly and very knowledgeable pointing out the various colleges, churches and Cambridge landmarks and discussing their history. My friend and I were joined by a lovely American gentleman and we all really enjoyed this tour, we were sad to say goodbye at the end of the tour. well worth spending the time and the money on this company and especially if you get Tim . :

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