Tours and Tickets
The Original Cambridge History Tour
5

The Original Cambridge History Tour

By Cambridge Town and Gown Tours
Recommended by 100% of travellers
100% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
In this Original Cambridge History Tour we cover a thousand years of Cambridge history from the invasion of the Romans, to the arrival of the students to the Second World War. Discover how Cambridge and the university has influenced the fields of art, literature, science, politics and religion. From the Tudor Reformation to the English Civil War to the Suffragettes, Cambridge has often found itself at the centre of change. Follow the lives of the likes of Isaac Newton, Henry VIII, Oliver Cromwell, Millicent Fawcett and Stephen Hawking and hear what university and town life is like today from guides based at Cambridge University. Our tours are restricted to a maximum of 12 people so small groups are guaranteed. We also offer private tours, please see our website or email us for more details.
from
£25.00
per adult
Lowest price guaranteeReserve now & pay laterFree cancellation

Ages 0-100, max of 12 per group
Duration: 2h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
More


  • Cambridge University Student Guide
What's not included
  • Entry / Admission to Colleges
  • Entry/Admission - Gonville and Caius College
  • Entry/Admission - St. John's College
  • Entry/Admission - Trinity College
  • Entry/Admission - Trinity Hall
  • Entry/Admission - King's College
  • Entry/Admission - Darwin College
  • Entry/Admission - Mathematical Bridge
  • Entry/Admission - Queens' College
  • Entry/Admission - Corpus Christi College


Start:
  • Great St Mary's, The University Church, Senate House Hill, Cambridge CB2 3PQ, UK
    Our guide will meet you outside of Great St Mary's Church. Look at for the white umbrella.
End:
  • The Corpus Clock, 58 Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RH, UK
    We finish our tour outside the Corpus Clock, next to King's College and right in the centre of town.

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 405349P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Which attractions will I visit with The Original Cambridge History Tour?
How much is The Original Cambridge History Tour?
The Original Cambridge History Tour price starts from £25.32. Discover and book The Original Cambridge History Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the The Original Cambridge History Tour cancellation policy?
The Original Cambridge History Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book The Original Cambridge History Tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides The Original Cambridge History Tour?
The Original Cambridge History Tour is hosted by Cambridge Town and Gown Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Cambridge Town and Gown Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book The Original Cambridge History Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 405349P1

Reserve your spot
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.

Similar experiences

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Great St Mary's
    The University Church, Senate House Hill, Cambridge CB2 3PQ, UK
    Our guide will meet you outside of Great St Mary's Church. Look at for the white umbrella.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Great St Mary's Church (Church of England)
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Gonville and Caius College
    Stop: 5 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 3
    St. John's College
    Stop: 5 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 4
    Trinity College
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 5
    Trinity Hall
    Stop: 5 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
    Pass by
    The Backs
  • 6
    King's College
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 7
    Darwin College
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 8
    Mathematical Bridge
    Stop: 5 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 9
    Queens' College
    Stop: 5 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 10
    Corpus Christi College
    Stop: 5 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
See 3 more stops
About the operator
Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
  • Cambridge Town and Gown Tours
    47
    United Kingdom
    Joined in April 2023
  • scandinavleah
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour guide
    The tour guide was so nice and went out of her way to help us meet up with the tour group when we were late. She was so passionate about science which made the tour truly enjoyable.
    Written 8 April 2024
  • 973elsbethd
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apple myths dispelled!
    The walking tour was exactly as described, 90 min + filled with information about the colleges, its history of Royal inception, its scientists, and their achievements. Rowena told the Cambridge story well, balancing fact with historic anecdotes. A few myths were dispelled! Rowena met us exactly on time, doing her very best to contact latecomers, whom she directed to a convenient meeting place rather than delay the start of the tour. The walk was extensive through the town centre, with regular stops outside of Colleges, research bldgs or scenic points. Wear good walking shoes, and feel free to ask questions as Rowena is very knowledgeable, well versed in the history and lore of Cambridge through the ages.
    Written 6 April 2024
  • LessonToolbox
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic science tour of Cambridge
    Very friendly, knowledgable and enthusiastic tour guide. We learned a lot about the history of Cambridge, the university, and the scientific history of the colleges. We highly recommend the tour. It makes so much more of a trip to the city.
    Written 5 April 2024
  • 849alanj
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for your Cambridge Visit
    We found this really enjoyable. Our guide was super knowledgeable about all the historical achievements made in science at Cambridge University and the history which makes up all the colleges. Its a great way to understand the city and better than just wondering around with a guidebook. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone visiting Cambridge
    Written 25 March 2024
  • sandra b
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant tour
    Really enjoyable tour - lots of interesting facts about scientists, history and Cambridge. Rowena was a brilliant tour guide - knowledgeable and captivating.
    Written 17 March 2024
  • lynsX5319GK
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic tour
    Fantastic tour, really interesting, well presented and organised. Very friendly tour guide and lots of opportunities to ask questions. Thoroughly enjoyed by adults and teens. Well worth the money.
    Written 25 February 2024
  • Gastronome20
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent! Very informative, perfect pace, just right.
    Rowena was a fantastic guide to Cambridge's history, its myriad scientific advances and was very personable. The Tour length was just right, the pace perfect, giving a great insight into a lovely place. We felt we knew the area so much better afterwards, and were very pleased to have been part of this smaller, bespoke Tour. A superb Tour, Rowena! Good luck with your studies, and kudos for arranging Tours in support of your studies.
    Written 12 February 2024
  • Faheemud-deen P
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended
    Host was incredibly knowledgeable and very friendly. Would highly recommend this tour. Was well worth the money, and a brilliant start to my stay in Cambridge
    Written 6 January 2024
  • Teemusrednahc
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant and unique tour of Cambridge
    Absolutely loved the tour - it was the highlight of our stay in Cambridge. We did another tour in Oxford and that was not even a patch on what we experienced with Rowena. She was extremely helpful and took us through the 'science' history of the city and made us fall in love with Cambridge. If there is only one thing that you want to do in Cambridge - I suggest you do this tour.
    Written 1 January 2024
  • kellycO9084WI
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Tour!
    We enjoyed our tour. Rowena did a great job with the tour and answered all of our questions. She provided helpful ideas on other things to do during our trip to Cambridge. We highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in science.
    Written 1 January 2024
  • 276hamiltonc
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Knowledgeable, thoughtful, and insightful!
    Knowledgeable, thoughtful, and insightful! The Town & Gown tours are really worth the time and their small fee. Our tour guide was also a PhD student at Cambridge University with a background in history and experience in traveling and living in Europe and the USA. So, it's a great opportunity to really understand how the Oxbridge system works. We did the Cambridge University science tour and couldn't be happier. We believe that any tour you take with Town & Gown will be just as fabulous. Search no more: this is the way to go!
    Written 31 December 2023
  • 352nitikab
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique and fantastic!
    We had a fantastic tour with Rowena! She really made Science at Cambridge come alive, with all her stories behind the big names in Science and their colleges. She has impressive knowledge and is so enthusiastic about sharing it. One of the best walking tours I have done, would highly recommend it. Thanks Rowena:)
    Written 23 December 2023
  • Alexandre M
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The kind of tour I was looking for
    Would you have guessed this guy is W. Harvey, father of modern physiology, with a heart in his hand? Rowena will tell you :) She’s is a very well documented historian, beside a charming person. I strongly recommend this tour to anyone interested in science and Cambridge history. Funny and profitable time in my 1-day visit to Cambridge. Just what I was looking for!
    Written 2 December 2023
  • K6795LZjennym
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Women of Cambridge - Excellent Tour for Feminists!
    Members of our research centre in Cambridge went to learn about women's history. It was fascinating. There was so much to learn about women scientists in particular. The tour guide, Rowena, was so friendly and brought their stories to life. It was all really well researched. We really enjoyed it.
    Written 26 November 2023
  • C4766HXleahs
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent, Engaging Tour of Cambridge's "Hidden History"!
    A group of friends and I were excited to go on a walking tour about some of the "lesser known" histories of Cambridge, and this tour truly delivered! Because so many amazing women have been involved in different aspects of Cambridge, we ended up getting a really fantastic and well-rounded history of the University and the city as a whole - from Cambridge's various scientific discoveries, to all of the literary and theatre stars who studied here, to details about the architecture and Colleges. Our guide Rowena was incredible - she did such a great job of synthesizing hundreds of years of complicated history into an accessible format, and even the logistics (where the group stopped for information, the route we took, walking accessibility) were very well thought-out. I love going on walking tours in every city I visit while on holiday, and this was definitely among the top tours. Highly recommend, overall a really interesting peek into Cambridge's hidden histories with an engaging guide!
    Written 26 November 2023
See all 47 reviews
These reviews are the subjective opinions of Tripadvisor members and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.


We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles13 reviews
Excellent
13
Very good
0
Average
0
Poor
0
Terrible
0

Peter A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
What a great tour! Rowena is very informative and clearly enjoys imparting her knowledge of Cambridge history. It was a great way to introduce our visitors to Cambridge. It was so interesting and information was delivered clearly and with humour. It was 2 hours very well spent and we would certainly recommend this tour.
Written 22 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you so much for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed the tour and would recommend the 'Original Cambridge History tour'. We hope to see you on another one of our tours soon!
Written 24 July 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

I H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great tour with a fantastic guide. Rowena is well informed and enthusiastic; offering deep insight into the history of Cambridge and its beautiful colleges. The tour is well paced and is a thoroughly enjoyable 2 hours packed with facts and stories about the amazing buildings and famous alumni of Cambridge university. Highly recommended.
Written 8 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you so much for your review. We are glad that you found the Original Cambridge History Tour both insightful and enjoyable and would highly recommend the tour. We hope to see you on another one of our tours in the future!
Written 10 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

A Page
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
I’ve been on a lot of walking tours in Cambridge, but I have to say that this one is definitely the best. Rowena was such a knowledgeable and energetic guide, and it is clear that she has a real passion for history and knows what she’s talking about. She was also so considerate and thoughtful about answering all of our questions — and she is completing her PhD at Cambridge, so has a lot of good information about the Uni. It was so nice to be able to support local small business and a Cambridge student. Thank you Rowena!
Written 26 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you so much for your lovely review! We are thrilled that enjoyed the Original Cambridge History Tour with Rowena and consider it the best tour you have been on in Cambridge. Thank you for supporting Town & Gown Tours!
Written 27 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Tonianne W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We decided to take a walking tour of Cambridge and what an amazing tour it was. Rowena is so personable and so knowledgeable, a Phd student herself studying in Cambridge. She has a passion for the history of Cambridge and can tailor the tour to suit your interests. I was spellbound with everything I learned during the tour. Rowena is a great storyteller and so happy to answer any questions. I would thoroughly recommend the tour.
Written 21 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are delighted that you enjoyed 'The Original Cambridge History Tour' with Rowena and found the experience informative and spellbinding. We are so glad that you would recommend the tour to others and we hope to see you on another one of our tours in the future!
Written 2 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Barrie B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
A very lively and informative experience. Rowena clearly knows her stuff and presents it in a friendly and open way. We learned a lot! The time passed very quickly. WE were also grateful that she was flexible when we muddled our dates.
Written 22 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour with Rowena and found it informative. We hope to see you on another one of our tours in the future.
Written 24 July 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Amy C
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Rowena was absolutely brilliant, the tour was informative and really interesting. As a first time to Cambridge we got a great sense of the city and the beautiful colleges. Highly recommend this tour, great way to spend two hours. Thank you so much!
Written 13 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Max C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Perfect tour if your kids are looking to apply here, or if you’re just looking for a nice day out. Cambridge feels pretty disorientating at first, because it’s a gorgeous crisscross of streets, and there’s no “campus”. You’re surrounded by so many colleges and lovely little nooks and crannies that it’s hard to tell where you’re going. So we’re really glad we started off our visit with a tour.

What made it special was our guide. She was so funny and so knowledgeable (and easy to hear!!), and we got a real sense of what it’s like to live in Cambridge, and also how it came to be what it is today. It was like buying a best friend for 90 minutes.
Written 16 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your tour and found the guide knowledgable and entertaining. We hope to see you on another tour soon!
Written 17 May 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Nancy C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The walking tour was wonderful! I learned a lot from Rowena. She is knowledgeable and very sweet. She told us a lot: from histories to interesting stories, from when the college was established to what it’s famous for……..l also took a lot of beautiful pictures. A very good quality tour. I truly enjoyed it!
Written 25 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. We are so glad that you enjoyed the Original Cambridge History tour with Rowena and managed to take lots of beautiful photos!
Written 27 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Harry B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Rowena was an excelllent guide. The information was fascinating and presented in an entertaining way. Rowena was super helpful about recommending places to eat and other local sites and events. Highly recommend this company!
Written 24 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your review. We are so glad that you found the tour both interesting and entertaining and would recommend TG Tours. We hope you enjoyed your visit to Cambridge and hope to see you on another one of tours in the future!
Written 1 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Benjamin
Cambridge, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
This was a rich, engaging, and very informative tour -- would highly recommend. Our guide Rowena was excellent, and it was great being shown Cambridge by someone so knowledgeable and friendly. She's clearly a pro.
Written 9 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the Original Cambridge History tour with Rowena and would recommend the tour to others. We hope to see you on another one of our tours in the future.
Written 9 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

The Original Cambridge History Tour provided by Cambridge Town and Gown Tours

All Cambridge HotelsCambridge Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Cambridge
All things to do in Cambridge
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire