Punting is quintessentially Cambridge, and a great way to see the backs of 7 of the 31 Cambridge colleges and their bridges. There are a number of companies offering punting tours, including Cambridge Chauffeur Punts, the Granta Punting Company, Lets Go Punting and Scudamore’s Punting Company. Starting points for these tours are located at the river in front of Queen’s College, behind King’s College and at the Cam bridge. If you are feeling adventurous, you can also self-hire punts.
Bike tours & bike hire
This is a great way to see as much of the city as possible in a short space of time. There is only one bike tour operator, Cambridge Bike Tours, that offers a number of tours around Cambridge. Alternatively, you can hire a bike from Station Cycles or City Cycle Hire.
King’s College Chapel
King’s College Chapel is one of the finest examples of late Gothic English and Architecture, and home the world-famous Christmas Eve Service A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. It is open most days, and entry fees are currently £6.50 for adults. However, there is an evensong at 3.30pm on Sunday, which is a sung service by the choristers that is free of charge.
University of Cambridge Colleges
It is possible to visit most of Cambridge’s 31 colleges during the day, some free of charge and some against a small charge. Every college has a unique story to tell, and the old colleges in the town centre in particular have already gathered a large number of famous alumni, including Prince Charles from Trinity College, Sir Charles Darwin from Christ’s College and Paul Dirac from St John’s College.
Cambridge has some great old pubs, try The Pickerel Inn on Magdalene Street and The Eagle in Bene’t Street, probably the two best and best-known. It was in the Eagle where Francis Circk interrupted patrons’ lunchtime on 28 February 1953 to announce that he and James Watson had “discovered the secret of life” after they had come up with their proposal for the structure of DNA.