Cambridge – “can such places be?”

(10 customer reviews)

King's Cross Railway Station (meet by the mainline ticket office near the Leon cafe by the Nigel Gresley Statue

Guided by Simon

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
7 September 2022 Day Trip 9 am 6.30 pm Summer Reserve Online
21 September 2022 Day Trip 9 am 6.30 pm Summer Reserve Online
4 October 2022 Day Trip 9 am 6.30 pm Summer Reserve Online

The meeting time for the Cambridge Excursion is 9 am. The meeting point is by the main ticket office (near the Leon Cafe) of King’s Cross Railway Station.

We go to Cambridge on Certain Wednesdays from May 18th to September 28th

The total cost per adult is £78, seniors over 65 and full-time students £73, and children £49.

 This covers the guide’s fee plus the train fare, coach fare and entrance fees

We have to have a minimum number to run this tour, and we will be limiting he number of people, so it is important to reserve your places as soon as possible

About 2 weeks before the tour we will be sending links for payment in advance

Short read: Miraculum orbis. Wonder of the world, annexe to heaven.

Customer’s say: “We had been on two other London Walks day trips in England several years ago. These tours were very good, and we always wanted to see Cambridge. Simon’s tour of Cambridge was excellent. As with other London Walks day trips, you just show up at the train station (Kings Cross), give Simon the money for the trip; and you are off. The cost is very reasonable as it includes a round trip train to Cambridge, buses in Cambridge, the entrance to King’s College, and Simon’s leadership and commentary. Being an engineer, I wanted to hear a lot about the great scientists who studied at the Cambridge colleges. Simon had many stories, relating to Newton, Darwin, Hawking, Turning, Watson & Crick, and Sedgewick. In addition to the stories, he showed us places where these great scientists lived and worked. However, the best part of the tour was the time we spent within the King’s College Chapel. Simon sat us down and told us the background of the chapel construction and details of the beautiful stained glass windows. We capped off the day with punting on the River Cam. Don’t miss this, as you see some great sights of the colleges that you would not see otherwise. Overall, it was a great day due to Simon’s leadership, knowledge, and enthusiasm.” Craig J. St. Louis, Missouri

Long read: Cambridge. Bridge of Sighs. Mediaeval courts. Velvet-soft emerald lawns. The unearthly beauty of Kings. Newton’s room. And the garden where he experimented. That apple tree. Think of him “forever voyaging through strange seas of thought.” The calm of the tree-fringed Backs. The Cam’s willow-shrouded banks. The plaintive note of the World War II American cemetery. Darwin’s college. Stephen Hawking and The Theory of Everything. Alan Turing – yes, welcome to The Imitation Game. The pub where the structure of DNA was announced. Punting on the Cam (we get a really generous discount if you want to take a turn – or, indeed, just go along for the ride). Leafy streets and twisty alleys. Whispering wind and yellow lantern. Shadowed passage and haunted bookstore. Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall! Bicycling students. Cheese and fish stalls in the market. People who talk like books. Let alone the royal imprimatur, that new title for William and Kate – the Duke of Cambridge and his Duchess. Guided by Simon.

CAMBRIDGE EXCURSION – THE PRACTICALS

The meeting time for the Cambridge Excursion is 9 am. The meeting point is by the main ticket office (near the Leon Cafe) of King’s Cross Railway Station.

We go to Cambridge on Certain Wednesdays from May 18th to September 28th

The total cost per adult is £78, seniors over 65 and full time students £73 and children £49.

 This covers the guide’s fee plus the train fare, coach fare and entrance fees

We have to have a minimum number to run this tour, and we will be limiting he number of people, so it is important to reserve you r places as soonas possible.

About 2 weeks before the tour we will be sending links for payment in advance

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

“Best Tourism Experience in England”  Gold Medal Winner, Visit England

“London Walks was acknowledged as the premier walking tour company in the entire world” American Tour Guides Convention

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE GUIDING

“If this were a golf tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide”

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don’t just take it from us.

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

“Nah, don’t need it, got it all here,” you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the iconic white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgar Square. They’re on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it’s win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town’s delights. Should be on everybody’s London itinerary.

MIND THE GAP

It’s not even close

10 reviews for Cambridge – “can such places be?”

  1. Nina

    What a great experience! Cambridge is wonderful and this walk shows you so many faces of this beautiful city! Simon is not only very knowledgeable, he can also open doors to places – huge thanks for bringing me as close to Cromwell’s head as possible! Oh, and he definitely put a charm on a somewhat jinxed railway schedule, because our journey there and back again went as smoothly as it could! Thank you for this lovely walk!

  2. James B

    Fantastic day in Cambridge. Simon is a brilliant guide. Super knowledgeable and thoroughly engaging. Simon took us to many of the colleges and churches and was able take us to places I’m certain you don’t get to see on your own. Really enjoyed the day and his very entertaining style. Thoroughly recommend this walk.

  3. Cath Dean

    Fantastic day, Simon is so knowledgeable, his storytelling superb. Highly recommend this day trip

  4. James Broome

    Simon was a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. We thoroughly enjoyed the Cambridge tour!

  5. Elizabeth

    We did the Cambridge day trip with Simon and it was one of the great highlights of our trip to London. Simon brought the history of the town, the colleges, and all the sights to life for us. He is a gifted story teller and so knowledgeable about the local history. The trip had a great balance of walking around and sightseeing versus stopping to observe and take a break. Would highly recommend this walk (and any of the London walks!! Especially with Simon). What a wonderful experience.

  6. Joanna Harrison

    Simon is not only a real character and great fun to be around he is also very knowledgeable and well organised! Our group had a wonderful day learning all about Cambridge and its world famous University. I would thoroughly recommend this walk to anyone wanting to have a fun but also informative day out!

  7. Visitor

    Great, well organized, full of small things and big ones. The best way to visit a place like Cambridge. Under the leadership of Simon Law. I’m already exiting for the next trip.

  8. Ed Wenninger

    By chance, I was on this tour in 2007 and it was one of the more memorable events of my travels. Fast forward to 2022, and when the whole family was on vacation to London, I insisted on doing the tour again.

    Much like Darwin’s Finches, the tour has evolved a bit over the years, but continues to provide a wealth of information and detail to this amazing place. Cambridge is beautiful, but Simon’s insight and descriptions add depth and character that would be missed if one wandered around unguided.

    The optional Punting at the end the tour is also highly recommended. Perhaps a bit expensive, but it provided another view that was absolutely stunning along with being a bit comical as various novice punters careen off each other – our “pilot” navigated the situation with skill!

    A slam dunk 5-star review. Highly recommended!

  9. Paul Dawson

    Absolutely fantastic all round. Simon was a great guide, and the whole day was a highlight of our visit to the London area. The colleges were beautiful and Simon helped us understand their history. King’s College Chapel was one of the most beautiful churches that I’ve ever seen and was a highlight. We also saw the Cambridge university biology museum, which was fantastic. We opted for the optional punting on the river, which was great fun and very beautiful. Would strongly recommend this tour to anyone.

  10. George W. King

    What a serendipitous thrill to have been on the inaugural London Day trip since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020. We are long time supporters of London Walks. They have contributed immensely to making London our go-to destination.

    Our guide was Simon Law. He took us on a thoroughly engaging day mostly touring one of the world’s oldest and prestigious Universities. The names and stories we learned of were at the very centre of western academic development and advancement. I won’t list out the highlights other than to say seeing specimens collected by Charles Darwin whilst on The Beagke was awe- inspiring to say the least.

    If you get a chance take in this trip please do so. Simon was engaged throughout and kept our group interested with exquisite story-telling.

    WELCOME BACK LONDON WALKS! WELCOME BACK.

    Looking forward to our next visit!

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