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Cambridge and Oxford Historic Colleges of Britain Day Trip

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Category: Day Trips, Tours
Duration: 10 hours
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Stop At: University of Oxford, University Offices 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD England

Our fantastic full-day trip to Cambridge and Oxford begins in Oxford, also known as The City of Dreaming Spires. Find out why as you enjoy a walking tour of the city with your expert tour guide, who will bring the history of this beautiful city to life.

Along the way, you will see architecture from every period in English history, from early Saxon right the way through to Gothic Revival. This eclectic mix of buildings is unique to Oxford, as it is the only place in the country where you'll find structures from every period in English history.

Oxford is, of course, also home to the University of Oxford, the oldest University in the English-speaking world with origins dating back to the 11th century.

In Christ Church college, you will be visiting one of the University's most prestigious colleges. Founded by Henry VIII in 1532, Christ Church also functions as the UK's smallest cathedral.

Its beautiful architecture has seen it featured in movies such as Harry Potter and The Golden Compass, while it has also inspired replicas around the world. The famous dining hall, for example, has been reproduced in Cornell University & the University of Chicago.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Christ Church, St. Aldates, Oxford OX1 1DP England

Christ Church is a constituent college of the University of Oxford in England. Christ Church is a joint foundation of the college and the cathedral of the Oxford diocese, which serves as the college chapel and whose dean is ex officio the college head.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: King's College Chapel, King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST England

King's College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. Formally The King's College of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas in Cambridge, the college lies beside the River Cam and faces out onto King's Parade in the centre of the city.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Bodleian Library Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG England

The Bodleian Library is the main research library of the University of Oxford, and is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. With over 12 million items, it is the second-largest library in Britain after the British Library.

Stop At: University of Cambridge, The Old Schools Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TS England

Our next stop is the city of Cambridge, the location of the University of Oxford's ancient and historic rival, the University of Cambridge.

Founded in 1209, it is the second oldest university in the English-speaking world. Learn about the history and origins of the university, which was founded, ironically, by a group of rebel Oxford Scholars.

Situated next to the River Cam lies King's College, a stunningly beautiful example of medieval Gothic architecture. Founded by Henry VI in 1441, its fan vault ceiling is the largest in the world. Walk in the footsteps of famous alumni that include Alan Turing - the brilliant WW2 codebreaker - Oliver Cromwell and Charles Darwin.

Construction on the college chapel began in 1446 and took almost 70 years to complete. Today, it is home to a world-famous choir that broadcasts to millions of listeners all over the globe every year on Christmas Eve.

A city renowned for its unique, ornate buildings and culture, Cambridge is a historic city full of character. You'll see the best that Cambridge has to offer on a walking tour of the city with your expert guide.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: The River Cam, Cambridge England

The River Cam (/ˈkæm/) is the main river flowing through Cambridge in eastern England. After leaving Cambridge, it flows north and east into the Great Ouse to the south of Ely at Pope's Corner. The Great Ouse connects the Cam to the North Sea at King's Lynn: The total distance from Cambridge to the sea is about 40 mi (64 km) and is navigable for punts, small boats, and rowing craft.

Pass By: Evan Evans Tours, Road Victoria 258 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1BS England

Evan Evans Tours is the oldest and largest sightseeing company in London and has been accompanying visitors on city tours and out-of-town excursions since 1930.
Evan Evans Tours is owned by The Travel Corporation of 25 highly successful travel and tourism companies including Trafalgar Tours, Insight Vacations, Contiki Holidays and Red Carnation Hotels. The Travel Corporation is committed to maintaining the highest standards of quality and guest service and this follows for each individual brand.


Pass By: Bridge of Sighs, St John's College, Cambridge England

The Bridge of Sighs in Cambridge, England is a covered bridge at St John's College, Cambridge University. It was built in 1831 and crosses the River Cam between the college's Third Court and New Court. The architect was Henry Hutchinson.

Inclusions
Walking tour of Oxford
Walking tour of Cambridge
Professional English speaking guide
Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people)
Entrance to Christ Church
Entrance to King's College
Entry/Admission - Christ Church
Entry/Admission - King's College Chapel
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Entry/Admission - University of Oxford
Entry/Admission - University of Cambridge

Location

Meeting point
Victoria Coach Station, Belgravia, London SW1W 9NF, UK

Reviews

Jan 2018

Loved this tour! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Enjoyed the entire experience!

Nov 2017

This day trip is great if you are interested in the educational legacy of Britain. We were very pleased with a very amusing, knowledgeable guide, who made the trip even more fun. Both cities are beautiful, with amazing buildings and things to see. A lot of history. Definitely worth the visit.

Oct 2017

This was a fantastic tour. Our guide and bus driver were great. You visit Cambridge first and you are taken to the key sites and given plenty of information. You also have some time to wander around yourself a bit longer would have been better but not really possible if you are trying to visit both places in one day. You can view the rivers but no time for a boat trip. Oxford is the second place and it is just as amazing. We got to go in the great hall which isn't open every day so that was fantastic. Students were on holiday so crowds were low. Really loved this and would highly recommend this a day trip from London.

Sep 2017

This is an excellent tour for an impactful day trip out of London - a bit of a drive but even the drive was wonderful! Our guide was very well informed and knowledgeable in all aspects of each city's history. We loved seeing so many sights that we've only seen on TV in alot of British shows we get on PBS!

Sep 2017

Norma was a very good insightful tour guide. Glad I took this tour.

Aug 2017

Friendly guide. A great way to cover both university towns in one day.

Jul 2017

Our Tour last Sat 29/07 was excellent. Our Driver, Tom and Guide Leslie did everything to help. Only recommendation I would make - An earlier start as would give longer in each city. In saying so, I must add we were delayed getting out of London because of Cycle Race and closed roads. We had about 2 hours in each city which didn't allow any time to explore after our guided tour of selected highlights. Suffice to say, I look forward to a return visit. Thank You.

Sep 2019

Evans and Evans tour took us to both Cambridge and Oxford as a long day trip. It does take 2 hours on the bus to get from London to Cambridge and then another 2 hours from Cambridge to Oxford and then 2 hours home again. YOu can do the math and realise that time in each town only gives you a flavour of the amazing history of these places. All the main sites were covered and good tips about where to get souvenirs were given. If you have time I would pick one university town to do a more thorough visit, but as the highlights were so amazing eg Christchurch College Oxford, I thought the trip well worth it

Oct 2017

Really Good

Jul 2019

Tour journey is very rush at Oxford and the tour guide is not knowledgeable by reading the information from his material.

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