Cambridge audio tour: Cambridge Colleges Audio Guide: From King's to Trinity and St John's

Cambridge Colleges Audio Guide: From King's to Trinity and St John's

Walking Tour

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40 mins
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1.6mi

About the Tour

On this walking tour, we’ll explore Cambridge's historic center, including the heart of the University of Cambridge, along with less obvious gems. I’ve mixed my experience as a local in too, as well as stories of my time as a student at the University of Cambridge, and I hope I’ve brought across the real personality of this famous city.

Cambridge is the second oldest university in England and it showcases almost a millennium of architectural highlights. There’s everything from the Round Church, which dates back to 1130, to the Wren Library, completed in 1695, and the Corpus Clock, which was installed in 2008. Its quaint cobblestone streets and winding alleyways provide plenty of photo opportunities too, especially if you can go at your own pace. This guided audio tour allows you to do exactly that, while still seeing all of the city’s highlights.

It’s a two kilometre walk and it starts and finishes on King’s Parade. Cambridge is flat, but because of the cobblestones, it worth wearing sensible shoes.

Tour Producer

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Anna Granta

A Cambridge local, graduate and parent.

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Major Landmarks

  • The Round Church

  • Wren Library

  • King’s College

  • Trinity College

  • St John's College

  • Great St Mary's Church

  • St Giles Church

  • Kettle Yard

  • Castle Mound

Directions to Starting Point

This tour begins outside the gates of King's College, on King's Parade.

Cambridge is well connected by train, and fast trains from London Kings Cross take under an hour. From the train station you can take buses 1 or 7 into the center of town. It is then a five minute walk to King's. Alternatively take a taxi from the station.

Anyone in Cambridge will be able to give you directions to King's College, but be sure to ask for directions to King's and not for 'The University'. The University is made up of hundreds of buildings spread over the city and you may get pointed towards an uninspiring outpost.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Fitzwilliam Museum, Great St Mary's Church, King's College Chapel, The Round Church, Trinity College Library, River Cam

Best time of day

During summer the best time to visit is in the morning, before central Cambridge gets too busy. The rest of the year it's fine to take this tour anytime during daylight hours.

The main route goes through the grounds of Trinity College, and the gate closes at 5pm. If the gate is closed, there is an alternative route that will take you around the block, but I would recommend trying to start the tour before 4pm to include the college grounds.

The Round Church is open from 10am to 5pm on week days, 1.30 to 5pm on Saturdays and 1.30 till 4pm on Sundays.

Great St Mary's is open from 10 am to 5pm on Mondays to Saturdays.

Please note: As of August 2020, Trinity College is currently closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This means you'll be taking a detour across Garrett Hostel Bridge. I'll guide you to the detour when you need to take it.

Precautions

Beware of bicycles, which often go the wrong way down one way streets.

In winter you should come dressed for a cold wind, but the good news is that Cambridge, while often overcast, has one of the lowest average rainfalls in the country.

Many of Cambridge's old streets have uneven paving, so wear comfortable shoes.

Comments

Hi, great tour but how come zero female Cambridge famous alumni were mentioned?

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 24 days ago

Hi, thanks for your comment. You make a good point about the lack of inclusion of famous female alumni. Shockingly, the university didn't grant degrees to women until the 1940s and even then they were excluded from the central colleges covered in this tour. For example, Dame Emma Thompson, a very famous female alumni, attended Newnham college.

Posted by Anna , 24 days ago

Thanks for an amazing story and experience of walking around Cambridge with it. loved every minute of it!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 7 months ago

Only church’s no Mosque or Synagogues ?

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 8 months ago

Amazing, interesting, helpful tour. 10/10.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 9 months ago

Great tour with kids except the guido is uninspired that it is embarrassing

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 9 months ago

A short tour with unfortunately little information content, some nice bits but mostly quite superficial. The personal stories would be fine if embedded in (much) more actual historical or architectural information. Disappointed given this isn't even free -there are much better free guides for print-out online.

Posted by Georg , 9 months ago

Quite interesting but not enough historical information. Too much about the narrator’s wedding; husband; changing names on marriage; etc

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 10 months ago

Thanks for your feedback. We understand not every tour will contain content to everyone's liking, but the tour only has a handful of personal stories, with a charming anecdote about the narrator's wedding, pertaining to where the listener is walking past, but is 95% about the colleges and their history.

Posted by Gary , 10 months ago

Worth it! A short tour, but the character was quite enjoyable.

Posted by Amy J , over 2 years ago

Cambridge is a beautiful city and this tour combines to sights with a personal angle.

Posted by Anna , over 3 years ago

We had a great day in this amazing city. The tour was the chery on the cake. Highly recomended !!!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , almost 6 years ago

What a wonderful and interesting tour! It is clear, engaging and informative. I loved the personal touch and the intelligent English sense of humour! A great way to learn a lot in a short span of time.

Posted by Joseph , almost 6 years ago

This was a really interesting tour of Cambridge. I found it informative without being overloading - it gives you a good 'feel' for the city and points you to other places to visit if you have more time. Highly recommended!

Posted by Belen , almost 6 years ago

Really enjoyable tour! Good combination of must-see sights and less obvious ones that we wouldn't have found by ourselves. Looking forward to trying out more tours...

Posted by Uri , almost 6 years ago
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Cambridge Colleges Audio Guide: From King's to Trinity and St John's