Free 360° historic tour of Cambridge (in English / cash tips)

Duration: 1h and 30min
Guru: Zonge
Registered on October 11, 2023

My nickname is Zonge, based in Cambridge, and I specialize in the city's rich history, from its Roman roots to its prominent role in global academia. In my tours, I offer insights into its transformation from a rural village to a global research center. I'm a mountain enthusiast with a deep love for the Dolomites in Italy. I explore similar landscapes wherever I can, despite limited opportunities in Southeast England. I'm also a history buff, regularly engaging with historical media. I believe in giving back through platelet donations and volunteering. I'm eager to connect and learn more about you. Cheers!

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Hello there!
Are you a history and archaeology enthusiast, or simply curious about the human past? Well, I share your passion, and I'm excited to take you on one of my tours.

During our journey, you'll have the opportunity to explore the Hill beneath which the origin of Cambridge lies, and the original location of the "Bridge over the Cam" (Cambridge) from the time when Roman legions were stationed here. We'll see one of the United Kingdom's four oldest surviving round churches and stroll by the iconic gates of St. John's College and Trinity College (the rivals, the wealthy, the prestigious). If possible, we'll even step into the beautiful Trinity College paddocks.

As we continue, you'll be captivated by the breathtaking King's College Chapel on the famous corner of the Backs, and I'll share the intriguing stories of its connection to the Wars of the Roses. We'll discuss the legendary Mathematical Bridge and how it became a symbol of Cambridge. You’ll also learn about the relationship between a pub and laboratory that left a mark on our modern world. You’ll understand what colleges are and explore why these unique institutions exist. 

This 90/100-minute journey promises not only knowledge but an enjoyable experience. Be prepared for a bit of rain and some puddles, as we explore this extraordinary city together. Please note that access to structures is not guaranteed, and I recommend using the restroom facilities before the tour begins.

I'm eager to guide you through the centuries in this remarkable city.

Important: This tour is pet-friendly, and nearly every part of the route is accessible for wheelchairs. However, there are a few spots, such as the beginning, where stairs and slopes might pose a challenge for wheelchairs. Please also monitor communications via GuruWalk chat, as there may be updates. Failing to check for them could potentially result in missing the tour.
Just a heads-up before you book!


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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Castle St, Cambridge CB3 0RG, UK
    Castle St, Cambridge CB3 0RG, UK
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    The tour starts on the top of Castle Mound (Castle St, Cambridge CB3 0RG, United Kingdom - please google the exact location), where we will have a beautiful overview of the city. I wear a safari hat. Be advised that the map displayed on the icon may not be updated. Please access Google Maps, to accurately determine the correct location.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Magdalene College
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Bridge Street
  • 3
    Outside visit
    The Round Church
  • 4
    Outside visit
    St John's College
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Trinity College
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Garret Hostel Lane

    When possible, we will access Trinity College paddocks

  • 7
    Outside visit
    The Backs
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Mathematical Bridge
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Free School Lane
  • 10
    Outside visit
    The Eagle

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Neha 23 Apr 2024

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
This tour was very well structured, ensuring a perfect balance of information and engagement. Zonge shared fascinating insights and small facts about Cambridge, enriching our understanding of this historic city. What truly stood out was his ability to personalize the experience . He took us on a slightly longer route to show us a pub with a personal interest to our group. This personal touch made the entire experience even more memorable. I highly recommend this tour!
MARTA 21 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Nuestro guía, recién doctorado x Cambridge, fue súper amable y profesional. Nos dio mucha información de forma didáctica y nos mostró interesantes lugares con las mejores vistas. La verdad es q estos tours con poquita gente son mucho más entretenidos. Muchas gracias!!
Aline 29 Feb 2024

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2024
Just loved it. Different from previous ones I did!
Yi Chen 14 Feb 2024

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2024
Very professional and is a well-structured tour. We enjoyed it a lot
Aidan 28 Jan 2024

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Travelled in group - Jan 2024
Very good knowledge of cambridge and its history..very enjoyable tour
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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