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How to Spend 3 Days in Cambridge

How to Spend 3 Days in Cambridge

Home to one of the world’s top universities, the scenic city of Cambridge is renowned for its centuries of history, beautiful architecture, and quaint appeal. A 3-day stay gives you ample time to discover Cambridge’s key highlights and also plan a diverting day-trip getaway. Here’s how to make the most of your visit.

Day 1: Academic Cambridge

Far and away the city’s most popular attraction, the University of Cambridge is also one of the oldest and most esteemed universities in the world. Given that it’s home to dozens of colleges (and has been frequented by luminaries including royalty, Nobel Prize winners, and some of the world’s greatest thinkers), exploring the university grounds is the perfect way to spend your first day in town. Walking tours provide a simple way to access some of the most popular colleges, including Trinity, Pembroke, King’s, and Clare, as well as their Backs: the pretty meadows and parks that abut the centuries-old buildings. In between sightseeing, don’t forget to stop by Fitzbillies for a sticky Chelsea bun and go punting (traveling by flat-bottom boat) on the River Cam, both quintessential student experiences. In the evening, head to a buzzing local pub to sip real ale and discover where residents blow off steam.

Day 2: Cambridge Museums and Landmarks

Continue the sightseeing on your second day in town with a morning hop-on-hop-off-bus tour or walking tour, taking in attractions such as Senate House, Market Square, and the Round Church. After a light lunch, dedicate your afternoon to a relaxed museum excursion, perusing Old Masters canvases at the Fitzwilliam Museum or millennia-old artifacts in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. In the evening, venture to one of the city’s cozy, independent eateries for a meal—or, if you’re feeling daring, take to the skies on a private plane ride over Cambridgeshire.

Day 3: Plan a Day Trip

Dedicate the final day of your visit to an inspiring getaway to one of the charming locales in the English countryside. It’s less than an hour’s train journey to the pretty cathedral town of Bury St. Edmund’s, home to a heavy concentration of top-notch landmarks such as 9th-century St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, the Abbey of Bury St. Edmund’s, and the National Trust–owned Ickworth House. Alternatively, the city of Norwich—also renowned for its medieval cathedral, in addition to a Norman castle, art museums, and other highlights—can be reached in a little over an hour by train.

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Shared | Cambridge University Tour With Optional King's College Led By Alumni

Shared | Cambridge University Tour With Optional King's College Led By Alumni

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Experience one of the world’s most famous universities on a walking tour of the prestigious Cambridge University. Follow your guide, a University of Cambridge student, around architectural highlights like Trinity College, King’s College, and Corpus Christi College; see the halls where alumni like Sir Isaac Newton, C.S. Lewis, and John Harvard once walked; and peek into student haunts like The Eagle Pub. This small-group tour is limited to 20 people for a personal experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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City Sightseeing Cambridge Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Cambridge Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Witness exquisite architecture and verdant public spaces on this hop-on hop-off Cambridge sightseeing bus tour.  With your 24-hour pass, relax for the hour-long full tour, or design a personalized itinerary with 16 possible stops with easy access to Trinity College, King’s College Chapel, The Backs and more. Enjoy unobstructed views from the open-air viewing deck and fun onboard commentary as you savor this medieval university town.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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Historic Cambridge: A Guided Walking Tour

Historic Cambridge: A Guided Walking Tour

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This tour is your shortcut to discovering more about the history of Cambridge and its famous university. Join a guide on a leisurely stroll around the city that's completely private, just for your group. Discover insider stories about the city that you likely wouldn't uncover alone, and walk past top landmarks, such as King's College Chapel, Senate House, Trinity College, and The Round Church Visitor Centre.
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Private 2-Hour Cambridge Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide

Private 2-Hour Cambridge Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide

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Discover Cambridge the way you want, at the pace you want, on a private 2-hour walking tour. Use the flexible itinerary to tailor your sightseeing to your interests, and learn about the city’s history and university from your private guide. Choose to visit famous colleges like Trinity and Queens’, admire King’s College Chapel, or just absorb the atmosphere and architecture on a stroll through the medieval streets. Entrance fees at own expense.
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Go Inside King's College And Explore Cambridge University With Alumni Guide

Go Inside King's College And Explore Cambridge University With Alumni Guide

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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.
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Private Chauffeur Punt Tour

Private Chauffeur Punt Tour

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Float along the River Cam on a private punt just for you and your travel companions. You'll have the whole punt to yourselves, and will receive personalized attention from your guide. Pass the beautiful landmarks of Cambridge University and learn about their history while relaxing on this chilled-out river tour.
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Shared Punting Tour - Group Ticket

Shared Punting Tour - Group Ticket

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Book in advance for a Cambridge punting tour, and save time and money on the ticket price. With your prebooked ticket in hand, you’ll simply hop on board one of the shared boats and relax as you’re punted down the River Cam in true Cambridge style. Lasting just under an hour, the tour takes in sights such as Darwin College and the Bridge of Sighs, and includes a chauffeur-guide to bring the city history to life.
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Private | Cambridge University Tour With Optional King's College Led By Alumni

Private | Cambridge University Tour With Optional King's College Led By Alumni

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Learn about the secrets of Cambridge University on this private guided walking tour. Explore the colleges with a knowledgeable insider—a former student. By going on a student-guided tour, you’ll be able to ask questions about what life at Cambridge was like, and hear fascinating anecdotes. You won’t have to worry about navigating as your guide will lead the way and take you to multiple colleges, chapels, and libraries.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Discover Cambridge and its region with a local pilot

Discover Cambridge and its region with a local pilot

See the highlights of Cambridge from above on this flight experience with a local pilot. Before the flight starts, discuss the route with the pilot so you know what to expect, then set off in a private plane. During the flight, access incredible aerial views of the city that you wouldn’t see otherwise, such as Cambridge University's King's College Chapel, and the South East of England coastline.
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King's College Chapel and Historic Cambridge

King's College Chapel and Historic Cambridge

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Discover more than 2,000 years of history on a walking tour of Cambridge that focuses on the city’s rich heritage. This private tour comes with the undivided attention of your guide and takes you into several university colleges, a church, and a laboratory where 29 Nobel prize-winning scientists worked.
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