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Official Public Tours of Cambridge

Official Guided Tour Guides

An Official Green or Blue Badge guided tour of Cambridge, the University and the Colleges is the best way to see the highlights of Cambridge.

Only our highly trained Green or Blue Badge tour guides are permitted to deliver tours inside the University of Cambridge colleges.

If you're looking to experience these magnificent buildings and hear insightful and fascinating facts, stories and myths during your visit, then Official Guided Tours is the only place to begin your journey.

We offer a number of different tours suited to your requirements - please see below for the choice of tours and book your place today!

Our public tours leave from the Visitor Information Centre 7 days a week. 

What people have said about our tours...

"We were delighted with our guide who I can personally say was the best guide I have ever had on the numerous tours I have undertaken both here and abroad. She judged her audience well and her sense of humour struck many chords!"


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Cambridge University LibraryUniversity Library Tour

Tickets: £10

Suitable for age 17+ only

Duration: 75 Minutes

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Cambridge University Library started in 1416 as a small collection of valuable manuscripts kept locked in a chest as security against money loans. Today, things are a little different. Through a combination of benefaction and its legal deposit status, the University Library has grown from a collection of a dozen volumes on a handful of subjects into a global institution housing around 8 million items, including some of the world’s most iconic scientific, literary and cultural treasures as well as a bizarre assembly of non-book curiosities.

Tour starts at the Visitor Information Centre before taking you across to and inside the University Library.

King's College and The Backs

Adult: £23

Concessions: £20

Under 12s: £10

Duration: 2hrs

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See the highlights of Cambridge in the company of an Official Cambridge Blue Badge Guide.

The tour includes entrance to the magnificent King’s College and Chapel - views of the Old Cavendish Laboratories, The Corpus Clock, Senate House and the Old Schools, views of the famous College Backs including the oldest bridge on the River Cam and the imposing Great Gate of Trinity College. (includes all college entrance fees)

The Medieval CollegesThe Medieval Colleges

Adult: £15

Concessions: £12.50

Under 12s: £10

Duration: 1.5 hrs

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An excellent introduction to Cambridge as well as some of the city’s most important central sights this tour includes entrance to 2 of Cambridge’s oldest foundations, Pembroke College (1347) with its Chapel built by Sir Christopher Wren, Queens’ College (1448) home of the famous Mathematical Bridge or Corpus Christi Colege (1352) with Cambridge's oldest original courtyard.

Cambridge Highlights Tour

Adult: £15

Concessions: £12

Under 12s: £8

Duration: 1.5 hrs

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Our highlights tour is for those of you want to get a taste of Cambridge and see some of the city’s most famous sights in the company of one of our Official Guides. The tour lasts for 90 minutes and you will see where world changing scientific discoveries were made, the oldest college and city buildings in the city and many of the beautiful central Cambridge colleges*. You will also hear of the famous students and discoveries as well as student life past and present. *External visits apart from Pembroke College when available.

Tours leave the Visitor Information Centre at 1pm every day of the week

Parker Library at Corpus Christi College

Tickets: £10 (Booklet Accompaniment £4)

Duration: 1 hr

For the first time since its foundation nearly 500 years ago the Parker Library will be admitting tours of the Library. Tours include part of Corpus Christi College as well as a tour of the library and a sample of its amazing collection which includes the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, principal source book for early English history, the sixth-century Gospels of Saint Augustine, the Bury Bible and the best manuscript of Chaucer's Troilus.*

*We cannot guarantee a specific book/manuscript will be on show.

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Fitzwilliam Museum

Tickets: £6

Duration: 1 hr

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The Fitzwilliam Museum is the art museum of the University of Cambridge. Founded in 1816, it has been described as ‘one of the greatest art collections of the nation and a monument of the first importance’. The collection includes works of art and antiquities of national and international

importance, among them antiquities from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome and masterpieces by Titian, Rubens, Van Dyck, Canaletto, Hogarth, Constable, Monet and Picasso and many more...

This is a one hour introductory tour of the museum, meeting at the Courtyard entrance of the Museum at 14.30 on Saturdays throughout the year. (Only when the museum is open).

Evening City Highlights TourEvening City Highlights Tour

Adult: £10

Concessions: £8

Duration: 1 hr

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See Cambridge after the hustle and bustle of the day is over.  The evening highlights tour is a perfect introduction to the city for anyone wishing to see the most famous sights in a quieter mood. 

Our Official Guide will give a 60 minute overview of ‘Essential Cambridge’: the alma mater of Newton, Darwin, Milton and Hawking; the place of world-famous scientific discoveries and picture-perfect college views including Corpus Christi, King’s, Gonville & Caius and Trinity Colleges*. 

*No internal college visits. Meeting Point - outside The Guildhall Front Entrance at 18:00

The Riverside College Tour - including St.John's College

Adult: £20

Concessions: £18

Under 12s: £10

Duration: 2 hrs

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See two of Cambridge’s beautiful riverside colleges, 500 year old Magdalene College on the site of the original river crossing that gave Cambridge its name and St John’s College with its Bridge of Sighs and the setting for the hit movie ‘The Theory of Everything’ (includes all college entrance fees). 

Chinese Language Tour of Cambridge

Adult: £25

Concessions: £23

Under 12s: £12

Duration: 2 hrs

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The tour includes: Eagle Pub, the Old Cavendish Laboratories, The Corpus Clock, Senate House, the Old Schools, Great St Mary’s Church, and Cambridge University Press Bookshop. We will visit King’s College and King’s College Chapel (Xu zhimo’s Stone), or Trinity College (Newton’s Apple Tree), St John’s College (The Bridge of Sighs) or Queens’ College (the Mathematic Bridge). (includes all college entrance fees)


Cambridge Colleges are private institutions and can occasionally close at short notice therefore entrance cannot be guaranteed. If this does happen we will do our best to arrange a suitable alternative.

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