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Mathematical Bridge Tours

Mathematical Bridge
Stroll along the riverfront or take a punting tour along Cambridge’s River Cam and you’ll be sure to see the Mathematical Bridge, one of the city’s most photographed landmarks. The humble wooden footbridge crosses the river between the old and new buildings of the Queens College, and dates back to the 18th century.  

Popular legend dictates that the bridge was the masterwork of Cambridge University alumni Isaac Newton, who built it to illustrate his theories of force and gravity, using only wood and no nuts, bolts or metal framework. In reality, the bridge was built by James Essex in 1749 to a design by William Etheridge. Officially called the ‘Wooden Bridge’, the Mathematical Bridge earned its famous nickname thanks to its impressive engineering design – using straight timber arranged in a series of tangents to create a self-supporting arc. 

The bridge that stands today was actually rebuilt in 1905, but it’s become so well known that a replica has even been built at Oxford University, Cambridge’s notorious rival. 

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The Mathematical Bridge runs across the River Cam in central Cambridge, connecting the main buildings of the Queens College, part of the University of Cambridge.
Address: Cambridge CB3 9ET, England
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Cambridge University Graduate-Guided College Walking Tour

Cambridge University Graduate-Guided College Walking Tour

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Experience one of the world’s most famous universities on a walking tour of the prestigious Cambridge University. Follow your guide, a University of Cambridge student, around architectural highlights like Trinity College, King’s College, and Corpus Christi College; see the halls where alumni like Sir Isaac Newton, C.S. Lewis, and John Harvard once walked; and peek into student haunts like The Eagle Pub. This small-group tour is limited to 20 people for a personal experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$25.86
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$25.86
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Punting Tour in Cambridge

Punting Tour in Cambridge

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Discover the delights of the Cam River and enjoy a quintessentially English adventure on this punting tour in Cambridge. Hop into your punt on the banks of the river and make yourself comfortable. Glide gracefully along the peaceful waterway as your guide points out sites of interest such as King's College Chapel, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Mathematical Bridge, and gain insight into Cambridge’s fascinating history. In case the English summer takes a turn for the worse, your punt is equipped with blankets, cushions and umbrellas.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Cambridge University & City Tour With University Alumni Guide

Cambridge University & City Tour With University Alumni Guide

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The university colleges of Cambridge are widely considered among the prettiest and most academically successful in England, with a history dating back centuries. This walking tour from the city center takes you to the heart of Cambridge University and the famed King's College, and shines a light on the famous actors, inventors, mathematicians, Nobel Prize-winners and scientists who have lived and worked here.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Student-Guided Cambridge Punting Tour With Professional Photographer

Private Student-Guided Cambridge Punting Tour With Professional Photographer

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Cruise along the water and see several of the University of Cambridge's most famous colleges on this private punting tour. Drift by prestigious colleges such as King's and Darwin as your own personal guide steers your boat along the Cam River. Pass below the Bridge of Sighs and the Mathematical Bridge, and hear all the got-to-know facts about Cambridge.
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  • 50 minutes
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$457.58
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Private 2-Hour Cambridge Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide

Private 2-Hour Cambridge Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide

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Discover Cambridge the way you want, at the pace you want, on a private 2-hour walking tour. Use the flexible itinerary to tailor your sightseeing to your interests, and learn about the city’s history and university from your private guide. Choose to visit famous colleges like Trinity and Queens’, admire King’s College Chapel, or just absorb the atmosphere and architecture on a stroll through the medieval streets. Entrance fees at own expense.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Cambridge University Graduate-Guided Tour With Professional Photographer

Private Cambridge University Graduate-Guided Tour With Professional Photographer

A Cambridge University Student-Guide will take you on a 90-minute enthralling journey through time as we recount to you the colourful story of Cambridge and its famous university while providing you with an insight into student life. In addition, your experienced professional photographer is on hand to take exquisite photos of your private group throughout the tour making sure you get the right angles for a selection of memorable photos.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Cambridge University Graduate-Guided College Walking Tour

Private Cambridge University Graduate-Guided College Walking Tour

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Learn about the secrets of Cambridge University on this private guided walking tour. Explore the colleges with a knowledgeable insider—a former student. By going on a student-guided tour, you’ll be able to ask questions about what life at Cambridge was like, and hear fascinating anecdotes. You won’t have to worry about navigating as your guide will lead the way and take you to multiple colleges, chapels, and libraries.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Combo: Cambridge University Graduate-Guided Punting & College Walking Tour

Combo: Cambridge University Graduate-Guided Punting & College Walking Tour

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Combine two classic Cambridge experiences into one tour—a walking tour of Cambridge University and a punting cruise along the Cam River. First, embark on a tour of the prestigious university colleges and get an insight into student life from your Cambridge University graduate guide. After admiring architectural highlights like King’s College, Trinity College, and The Senate House, hop aboard a traditional punt for a cruise. As you glide along the river banks, enjoy unbeatable views of The Backs, the picturesque parks, and colleges that line the waterfront.
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  • 3 hours
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Private: Graduate-Guided Punting & Walking Tour With Professional Photographer

Private: Graduate-Guided Punting & Walking Tour With Professional Photographer

Your 90-minute private walking tour is led by a current student or graduate of Cambridge University and you will see all the most famous colleges and landmarks along with authentic student insights. Your 50-minute private punting tour gives you the opportunity to see eight of the most famous Cambridge Colleges from Darwin College to Magdelene College and nine bridges from the Mathematical Bridge to the Bridge of Sighs all while being punted by a professionally trained local student-guide. In addition, your professional photographer is on hand to take exquisite photos of your private group as you roam the cobbled streets of Cambridge and glide along the River Cam.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$663.17
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Cambridge University Student-Guided Punting Tour

Cambridge University Student-Guided Punting Tour

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Take to the water for a quintessential Cambridge experience on this punting tour. Step aboard a traditional punt and drift downstream on the Cam River, past the famous college ‘Backs’. Glide beneath the Mathematical Bridge and Bridge of Sighs; admire views of landmarks like the King's College Chapel and Trinity Hall; and listen as your guide unveils fascinating facts about the legendary university city. You can even have a go at ‘driving’ the punt yourself!
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  • 50 minutes
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$25.86
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Private Cambridge University Graduate-Guided Punting & Walking Tour

Private Cambridge University Graduate-Guided Punting & Walking Tour

Your 90-minute private walking tour is led by a current student or graduate of Cambridge University and you will see all the most famous colleges and landmarks along with an authentic insight into student life. Your 50-minute private punting tour gives you the opportunity to see eight of the most famous Cambridge Colleges from Darwin College to Magdelene College and nine bridges from the Mathematical Bridge to the Bridge of Sighs all while being punted by a professionally trained local student-guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$431.06
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Private Cambridge University Student-Guided Punting Tour

Private Cambridge University Student-Guided Punting Tour

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This 50-minutes private punting tour gives you the opportunity to see eight of the most famous Cambridge Colleges from Darwin College to Magdelene College and nine bridges from the Mathematical Bridge to the Bridge of Sighs all while being punted by a professionally trained local student-guide.
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  • 50 minutes
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$258.63
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Cambridge University Group Tour With University Alumni Guide

Cambridge University Group Tour With University Alumni Guide

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We regularly provide private tours for organizations and assorted schools from around the world. Having shown tens of thousands of students around Cambridge, we have the diverse skill set needed to ensure that students both understand the tour and genuinely enjoy it. Our student guides have a great insight into Cambridge. They have detailed knowledge of the University's incredible history combined with personal experiences about how this ancient institution really works. While there are plenty of details to cover, we are committed to providing interesting and enjoyable tours rather than reducing the city’s fascinating history to a dry collection of dates that puts people to sleep. As this is a private tour, we can completely tailor the experience to the needs of your group. You can specify convenient meeting points and themes you'd like covered. If requested, tours can also include special features, like quizzes and competitions, to entertain younger people and keep them engaged.
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  • 2 hours
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$190.99
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Best Highlights of Cambridge Tour: Colleges, Culture, Cuisine and Classes

Best Highlights of Cambridge Tour: Colleges, Culture, Cuisine and Classes

BEST Highlights of Cambridge Tour including: Colleges, Culture, Cuisine and Classes. A four hour walking and site-seeing tour with the very best highlights included. This tour ALSO includes a Basic Communication in English Class to help speak like a local. The Tour will begin at the Botanic Gardens and end at the Farmers' Market in the City Centre. All ages welcome. Booking slots are very limited. Tour includes: - Cambridge University Botanic Garden (entry included) - Fitzwilliam Museum - Mathematical Bridge, Queens' College - Corpus Clock, St Corpus Christi College - King's College - King's College Chapel (entry included) - Basic Communication in English Class -Trinity College - Famous Cambridge Farmers' Market (City Centre). This will be your final stop to enjoy the wonderful British and international cuisines on offer. ALSO included: - Basic Communication in English Class amongst the Cambridge Colleges - Entrance to Botanical Gardens - Entrance to King's College Chapel
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$78.25
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Private Virtual Walking and Punting Tour of Cambridge

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Private Virtual Walking and Punting Tour of Cambridge

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Enjoy an immersive 105 minute video experience that captures the beauty and wonder of Cambridge. Accompanied by our expert tour guide, you will first explore the cobbled streets by foot. You then go punting on the river as you glide through the Backs and the beautiful college grounds. The landmarks visited are the very best Cambridge has to offer and you will enjoy a unique and unbroken perspective. Time is taken to appreciate the intricacies of the architecture on display with extensive panoramic and close-up shots provided. Your Cambridge tour guide provides a captivating commentary throughout, combining historical expertise with memorable stories. Your tour can be accessed at any time of your choosing from anywhere in the world with lifetime access. Also included is a free map of Cambridge with tour-route & landmarks highlighted. If you are booking a trip to Cambridge, your tour can help plan your itinerary. On arrival, it can be used as a self-guided walking tour of Cambridge.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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$9.52
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Walking Tour of the Sights and Highlights of Cambridge

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Walking Tour of the Sights and Highlights of Cambridge

We shall explore the very heart of Cambridge, where new and old look out at us from every nook and cranny – hear stories of mediaeval strife and riots, struggles and labours of many a generation of students and scholars, and triumphs of the human thought. On our way, we shall discuss how ideas and life itself have changed over centuries, and what today’s Cambridge is like – both the City and the University. I tailor each tour to the individual interests of the tourists in the group. I am fascinated with Cambridge's history and its magnificent sights, and have in-depth knowledge of its past and present. I can draw on my special expertise in the history of science, mathematics, and computing in Cambridge. My approach is thorough yet not too serious, sometimes light-hearted and always considerate.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.89
$3.97 savings
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