What is so special about Cambridge Virtual Tours?
Our virtual tours of Cambridge can help you experience the wonders of the city without leaving your home. We have heard from customers who were unable to travel to the UK who are now able to experience the next best thing. Closer to home, local residents have enjoyed our tours and now plan on sharing their newly acquired knowledge with visiting family and friends. For those unsure on the merits of the city, we can help confirm why you should visit Cambridge, one of the most magical places to go in the UK. Once booked, we can help you plan your itinerary by previewing the city beforehand. On arrival, you have your very own self guided walking tour of Cambridge.
As a company, we have a deep affection and passion for Cambridge. Our local expertise dates back over 50 years to the class of 1967 at Trinity College Cambridge and we aim to provide a premium service that offers something different to the punting and walking tours of Cambridge currently available. Our tour guides are among the most experienced in Cambridge and their expertise is evident in the tour commentary provided. We have taken great care to ensure that our virtual punting and walking tours of Cambridge provide an immersive and enriching experience and we are delighted that so many of our customers to date have agreed.
Yes, absolutely. Our virtual tour is a more accessible and cost-effective alternative to more established options. Save money on a guided experience when you arrive by using our tour as a self guided walking tour of Cambridge. You can track your route by downloading our free walking tour of Cambridge map. In the context of time saved on your day trip to Cambridge, our virtual tour is money well spent, a view we are happy to say concurs with many of our customers to date.
The tour footage was filmed across 2 days in the summer of 2020 and has been described as being of “cinematic quality.” It was shot by a professional film-maker whose credits include feature films, mainstream TV documentaries and corporate videos. The finished tour of 105 minutes was edited professionally with quality control extremely high throughout, both in terms of the footage and the tour commentary. There are extensive panoramic and close-up shots provided allowing the intricacies and beauty of the architecture to be fully appreciated.
Why should I visit Cambridge?
Cambridge is famous because of the University, the 2nd oldest University in the English-speaking world. The University Colleges are world-renowned with each having their own claim to fame. Cambridge is well-known because of its famous alumni and the 109 Nobel Prize Winners it has produced. Cambridge vs Oxford is a rivalry famous the world over with both among the best places to go in the UK for students, academics and visitors alike. There are many famous Cambridge sights to see with no visit to the city complete without indulging in its most famous pastime, a punting tour in Cambridge.
The best places to visit in Cambridge in order of popularity are King’s College Chapel, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the River Cam (via a punting tour in Cambridge). However, visitors to the city are spoilt for choice with so many beautiful options available. A strong case could be made for any one of the Cambridge Colleges, the Bridge of Sighs, Great St Mary’s Church and the Mathematical Bridge, to name but a few. All these places and many more are available to view in magnificent detail on our virtual tours of Cambridge with other options discussed on our blog.
Global pandemics notwithstanding, anyone can visit Cambridge Colleges although access is more limited at certain times of the year due to exams taking place. If you would like to experience a full tour of any of the 31 Cambridge colleges, then it is best to visit Cambridge either before May or from July onward.
To many, the best Cambridge college to visit is St John’s College with its magnificent grounds, stunning architecture and the Bridge of Sighs offering an unforgettable experience. However, a strong case could be made for any of the other Cambridge Colleges with each having their own place in the hearts of those who have studied or visited there. Kings College Cambridge is the most visited of all the Cambridge sights to see with Trinity College and Queens’ College also very popular. If you are undecided on which college to visit, our virtual walking and punting tour in Cambridge can help with many of the colleges featured in our tour.
Cambridge is better to visit than Oxford as it offers a more tangible and historic experience than its more modern looking rival. Both are among the best places to go in the UK, however a day trip to Cambridge offers so much more. Cambridge punting tours offer a more magical experience than Oxford with many more landmarks on display. As the city is smaller and easier to navigate, you can fit the best Cambridge sights to see into one day. For more discussion on Cambridge vs Oxford, please see our blogpost on the subject.
What is so special about my walking tour of Cambridge?
Yes it will. Our punting and walking tours of Cambridge are a journey through time as we walk and punt through history. We visit landmarks from the 8th century through to modern day, encompassing everything in between. Our Cambridge tour guides explore the history of each landmark and set the scene in terms of its historical context. Some of the key historical landmarks we explore include the site of the original Roman crossing in Cambridge, and the oldest structure in Cambridgeshire, dating to 1020. The Colleges we visit have their own distinct history, none more so than Kings College Cambridge and we share the different ways they have influenced the world around them. During our tour, we will re-trace the footsteps of the famous Cambridge alumni and in doing so we bring their historical achievements and contributions to life as well.
Our walking tour of Cambridge takes approximately 75 minutes. We walk across the city at a gentle pace, allowing you to soak up the city atmosphere and enjoy in rich detail the best places to visit in Cambridge. After 75 minutes, we then move from cobbled streets to water as we enjoy our punting tour in Cambridge for an additional 30 minutes.
You will visit the best places to visit in Cambridge as we walk the breadth of the city. Some of the places we visit include: King’s College and its Chapel, Senate House, Peterhouse College, Great St Mary’s Church, Queens’ College, the Corpus Clock, St Catharine’s College, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Eagle Pub, Magdalene College, the Round Church, Trinity College, the Old Cavendish Laboratory, St John’s College and many more. All the landmarks we visit and routes taken are highlighted on our free walking tour of Cambridge map.
Your walking tour of Cambridge map is emailed to you at no additional cost once your order has been placed.
Once you have downloaded our free map of Cambridge, simply follow the walking route, streaming your virtual tour as you walk. There is free public access to Wifi available in the city centre giving you constant access to your tour. Our walking tour of Cambridge map highlights the route with the commentary aligned to each landmark. To ensure that your self guided walking tour of Cambridge runs as smoothly as possible, the commentary is set to a gentle walking pace. This allows you to fully engage with your surroundings without rushing from one landmark to the next. The commentary can be paused at any time if more time is needed.
What is so special about my punting tour of Cambridge?
You will view 8 Cambridge Colleges, 9 bridges and some of the most eye-catching places to visit in Cambridge. The sights include Darwin College, Queens’ College, the Mathematical Bridge, King’s College and its Chapel, Clare Bridge, Trinity Hall, Trinity College, the Wren Library, St John’s New Court, St John’s Kitchen Bridge, the Bridge of Sighs, Magdalene Bridge and Magdalene College. Our virtual Cambridge punting tours provide a unique perspective on the city and you can track your route and all landmarks visited with our free map of Cambridge. If you are punting yourself then you can use our virtual tour in the same way as our self guided walking tour of Cambridge. The tour commentary and all landmarks visited align with the punt route taken.
Our punting tour in Cambridge takes approximately 30 minutes as we glide languidly through the backs. During our time on the river, we stop the punt at various points to fully appreciate the many beautiful sights on display and to maximise your Cambridge punting experience.
Punting in Cambridge is a tradition going back over 100 years. A punt is a flat-bottomed boat that are typically 6 to 7 metres in length and 1 to 2 metres wide and they are propelled along the river by a punters pole. The pole helps to steer the punt by acting as a rudder and the motion is generated by pushing the pole against the bed of the river. Punts are not to be confused with Gondolas which are propelled by an oar as opposed to the punters pole. Cambridge punting tours were first introduced to Cambridge in 1902 having been first used as pleasure boats in London in 1860. Whether you sit back and let someone else do the work or whether you take charge of your punt yourself, punting in Cambridge as an experience is hard to beat, as long as you don’t fall in!
The Cambridge backs are a stretch of land that run approximately a mile alongside the River Cam. Recognised as one of the top views in England, the name simply refers to the backs of the 8 riverside colleges the river passes through. To many visitors, the backs are synonymous with Cambridge punting tours as this is the most popular way to explore them.
How do I access my tour?
Your virtual tour is emailed to you immediately after purchase and you can watch your tour as many times as you like. The tour is not available to download but you can watch it on your phone, laptop, tablet, TV or any other streaming device anytime, anywhere. If you are intending to use as a self guided walking tour of Cambridge, there is free public access to Wifi available in the city centre giving you constant access to your tour.
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