Historic Church Tours 2019 - Churches and Colleges of Cambridge
Non Member: £60.00
Visit some of Cambridge's most iconic historic buildings.
Our walking tour of Cambridge begins at Queens’ College with a visit to its Chapel and Hall. The college was founded in 1448 by Margaret of Anjou, wife of King Henry VI. The Old Hall is part of the original college while its Chapel was built and designed by George F. Bodley in the later part of the 19th century. Inside are elegant and vibrant features including what is considered to be perhaps Bodley’s finest reredos.
St. Andrew the Great is a grade II-listed parish church with origins stretching back to the 1200s. The church was completely rebuilt in 1843 in the late-Gothic style by Ambrose Poynter with features including a nave of five bays with side aisles and a west tower of four stages.
St. Edward’s, tucked between King's Parade and Peas Hill in the city centre, is one of the oldest churches in Cambridge. The current building dates from the 14th century, with an extensive history of religious practice on the site dating back to the beginning of the 11th century. The church played an important role in the Reformation and offered reformers including Thomas Bilney, Thomas Cranmer, and Hugh Latimer are place to meet pray and study.
After lunch we move on to Jesus College. The College was founded in 1496 and adapted a range of buildings, including a 12th-century Romanesque church, for the purposes of the college. The church was reduced to less than half its former size to allow the cloisters to be enlarged and was recast in the Gothic Perpendicular style to become the College’s Chapel.
We finish the day across the road at All Saints’ on Jesus Lane, one of the most decorative churches in our estate. Bodley, who we met earlier in the tour at Queens’ College, built and decorated the church in the 1860s alongside his work at Queens’. Inside is a treasure trove of decoration with almost every surface painted, stencilled or gilded and stained glass windows designed by some of the leading Arts & Crafts artists of the day including William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. We are sure you will agree that it is a feast for the eyes and a fitting way to end the day.
Please note that this tour will involve a lot of walking, possibly over uneven and worn surfaces. You will be on your feet for most of the day with approximately 4 miles of walking scheduled for the day. Guests must be in a fit condition to join this tour. If you have any concerns please contact us on 0800 206 1463 before booking.
Churches and Colleges of Cambridge
- What is the tour capacity? We have enough room for 30 guests on this tour, so book early to avoid disappointment!
- Where at Cambridge train station will we be meeting? We will be meeting outside the main entrance to the train station.
- I would like to stay in the local area the night before. Are there any hotels near the train station that you would recommend? Ibis Cambridge Central and Travelodge Cambridge Central are situated a short walk from the train station. For more hotels, see Visit Cambridge’s website.
- I am planning to drive to Cambridge. What parking arrangements are available near the train station and how much does it cost to park? There is a NCP-operated car park at Cambridge train station with 352 spaces. Off-peak day parking (from 09.30) is available for £7.50 (£10.50 at peak times).
- How frequently do trains arrive and depart from Cambridge train station? Direct services between Cambridge and London depart from Liverpool Street, St Pancras and Kings Cross. Cambridge is also served by direct services from other stations including Norwich and Birmingham New Street. For more information on times and fares please see National Rail Enquiries.
- What are the lunch arrangements? We plan to take lunch at The Cambridge Brew HHouse.
- Who will be the guide/lead on tour? So that we can deliver the highest quality experience in collaboration with the best local experts, we are not yet able to confirm who will be leading this tour. Once you have booked on, however, we will confirm with you who will lead this tour nearer to the start date.
- How do I notify you of dietary requirements? You can notify us of any dietary requirements when making your booking online, over the phone or when completing a paper booking form. If we have not been able to capture your dietary requirements when making your booking then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0800 206 1463.
- What is the cancellation/refund policy? If you are no longer able to make the tour after booking then please let us know as soon as possible. If you cancel your booking more than one month before the tour start date, then you will be entitled to a full refund. If you cancel within one month of your tour then unfortunately we are not able to offer a refund, however we will do our best to offer you a place on another tour.