Private and Bespoke Walking Tours of Cambridge for the Discerning Visitor

SUMMER PROMOTION: 20% OFF ALL BOOKINGS OF CAMBRIDGE AND
GRANTCHESTER TOURS IN JULY AND AUGUST !

Introducing your tour guide: Deborah Monteiro

I am an art and architectural historian, originally from London. I have now lived and worked for 35 years in the University city of Cambridge and the town of Newmarket, researching and delivering a great variety of courses to locals and visitors alike. Art is my passion that continues to feed my own learning, which I love to share with like-minded people. I aim to entertain and educate but above all communicate my own sense of wonder and joy in the world around us. The redemptive power of creativity has never been more vital and desirable in our lives than it is today!

The built environment is most eloquent expression of our past, which is why I love taking visitors out on tours and together we can step back in time by walking through the heart of Cambridge. There is nothing more fulfilling than sharing such time with those who equally care about the past that lies all round us and peeling back the layers to reveal its little secrets!

Cambridge is a highly stimulating, vibrant city, historically a shrine to intellect with its colleges but also its scientific and business innovation that has a world-wide reputation. It offers an ever-changing cultural landscape with many museums and landmark exhibitions and shows which make it a privilege to be a part of. Its location by the river Cam with its boating and the many green open spaces are much used and loved, offering relaxation in a more rural environment that provides a balance to the faster, exciting urban centre.

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Our Cambridge Private & Bespoke Walking Tours

Town & Gown Highlights

Even if time is short, we can still capture the essence of this historic city. As we walk, let us paint you a picture: a mini masterclass in architecture, viewing historic milestones from the last 800 years right up to the 21st century. We shall ...

Full Day Tour

We would like to make this a memorable day on your visit to Cambridge, with a programme packed full of facts and anecdotes, bringing the visits alive in an entertaining way as we travel in space and time across the historic city centre.

Special Interest Tour

Botticelli comes to town this summer! A special loan at the internationally famous
University Fitzwilliam museum. We propose two contrasting experiences of visual
culture on this 3 hour tour for aficionados of art and local history

Our Cambridge Private & Bespoke Walking Tours

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Full Day Tour

We would like to make this a memorable day on your visit to Cambridge, with a programme packed full of facts and anecdotes, bringing the visits alive in an entertaining way as we travel in space and time across the historic city centre.

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Town & Gown Highlights

Even if time is short, we can still capture the essence of this historic city. As we walk, let us paint you a picture: a mini masterclass in architecture, viewing historic milestones from the last 800 years right up to the 21st century. We shall ...

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Special Interest Tour

Botticelli comes to town this summer! A special loan at the internationally famous University Fitzwilliam museum. We propose two contrasting experiences of visual culture on this 3 hour tour for aficionados of art and local history

Town and Gown Tours - Imagery

Mini Tours

The unassuming village of Grantchester, just 2 miles south of the City centre, has much to reveal… How and why did this village become such a magnet to Cambridge academics, coming to play a key role in the life of fellows and students?

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Discovering the Royal Connections at Newmarket

Discover Newmarket: Respice Finem The National Horse Racing Museum. Mention Cambridge and the ancient University springs to mind, but Newmarket in Suffolk...

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The Ship Of The Fens Ely Tour

Enjoy a short stroll along the river Ouse, once the life blood of the locals and hear how the superabundant supply of eels paid for more than just the rent ! Discover how the waterlogged Isle of Elig became a centre for the new Christian religion sweeping...

Discovering the Royal Connections at Newmarket

Discover Newmarket: Respice Finem The National Horse Racing Museum. Mention Cambridge and the ancient University springs to mind, but Newmarket in Suffolk...

Mini Tours

The unassuming village of Grantchester, just 2 miles south of the City centre, has much to reveal… How and why did this village become such a magnet to Cambridge academics, coming to play a key role in the life of fellows and students?

The Ship Of The Fens Ely Tour

Enjoy a short stroll along the river Ouse, once the life blood of the locals and hear how the superabundant supply of eels paid for more than just the rent ! Discover how the waterlogged Isle of Elig became a centre for the new Christian religion sweeping...

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Walking Tours in Cambridge

Private and bespoke walking tours in Cambridge offer an intimate and immersive way to explore the historic heart of this prestigious university city, blending centuries of academic excellence with the sheer beauty of its architectural marvels. As you meander through the cobbled streets and tranquil pathways, each step uncovers a layer of history, from the Gothic splendour of King's College Chapel to the serene beauty of the Backs, where green spaces and graceful river views frame the city's ancient colleges.

 

Guided by experts who are as passionate about Cambridge's history as they are knowledgeable, our walking tours go beyond the surface, offering insights into the lives of luminaries who walked these paths before us. From Newton and Darwin to modern-day scholars, their stories come alive, offering a unique perspective on the city's contribution to science, literature, and the arts.

 

But Cambridge walking tours are not just about history; they're a sensory journey. The sound of choirs echoing from college chapels, the sight of punters gliding along the River Cam, and the scent of fresh blooms in hidden courtyards enhance the experience, making it unforgettable. Whether it's the personalised touch of a bespoke tour tailored to your interests or the shared excitement of a small group exploration, a walking tour in Cambridge is an unparalleled way to connect with the spirit and heritage of our iconic city.

Book a Walking Tour of Cambridge with Town & Gown

Discover the cultural and historical city of Cambridge.

Our Walking Tour Reviews

Here are just a few of the amazing reviews from people who have attended one of our walking tours around Cambridge.

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EXPERIENCE THE UNIQUE….
Deborah revealed little hidden gems that you do not get with commercial tour guides!

TOWN AND GOWN HIGHLIGHTS...
The guide’s narrative was informative and entertaining and really brought the past
alive for us. A delightful half day tour!

SPECIAL INTEREST
Thanks Deborah for such an enlightening tour at the Cambridge Museums. Your delivery was spot on - we thoroughly enjoyed our morning!

GRANTCHESTER…
If you are a fan of the TV series Grantchester, you will not want to miss this delightful short walking tour in the idyllic village, gaining an insight into the filming and backstories of the cast ! What a treat !

NEWMARKET...
So much more than just horses – really worth the effort to go there !

SHIP OF THE FENS – ELY…
Starting at the riverside, we were transported back in time as we walked, literally following in the footsteps of the building materials used to build the cathedral all those centuries ago !

Frequently Asked Questions…

Here is a small sample of frequently asked questions we have received. If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to click the button below to get in touch.

We are committed to providing a personal service, that means offering advice on how to reach the city, where to find certain things, shopping items and tailoring what you visit according to your interests. Our aim is to make it a memorable and unique experience to you.

Yes, you may ask to be met at a different location, to combine tours, reduce the time and choose the timing of a tour. Please also see more above.

Yes, walking is at a considered pace as we stop and take in the sights all on one level. However children in pushchairs can be a challenge due to narrow and uneven pavements in the older parts of Cambridge. Not advisable for babies/infants.

A minimum of 24 hours is required or ideally 48 hours to ensure we are can respond and match availability. This is especially during the peak summer season. Booking can only be confirmed once payment is made.

Yes, we can accommodate a 1:1 tour of the city.

Comfortable footwear is advised and a bottle of water ( especially in the summer months).

We will advise you at the start of your tour of the hazards of moving around on the streets, some of which are quite narrow, being aware of other users (residents and visitors alike) and traffic - cycles especially in the city centre. All road crossings are managed by the guides with care.

You can cancel up to 15 day before the date of the walking tour to receive a full refund. No refunds will be given after this date.