Cambridge Science Tour: Explore the Legacy of Eminent Scientists at Cambridge University
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Discover the impressive history of science at Cambridge University. Explore the stories and scientific discoveries of eminent scientists such as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Alan Turing, and Stephen Hawking on this engaging walking tour.
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Gonville and Caius College - We begin our tour with Stephen Hawking. Outside the college where he was employed, we discuss his life and time here in Cambridge.
  • Corpus Clock - Learn about the mechanics of the hypnotic Corpus Clock and the strange creature which eats it.
  • The Eagle - Discover the story of Rosalind Franklin and the controversy around the discovery of the structure of DNA at the site where Crick & Watson announced they had found the ‘secret of life’.
  • West Hub - Hear about the lab group which has almost thirty Nobel Prize winners to its name at the site where some of the greatest scientific discoveries of the last one hundred and fifty years have occurred. Including James Clerk Maxwell, Ernest Rutherford and Dorothy Hodgkin.
  • Peterhouse - Discover the famous alumni and scientists of Peterhouse - the oldest college in Cambridge.
  • Mathematical Bridge - Learn about and see an incredible feat of engineering at the Mathematical Bridge.
  • Darwin College - Learn about the life of Charles Darwin and his time here in Cambridge at the college where his son and grandchildren once lived.
  • King’s College - Overlooking King’s from the Backs, discover the incredible and tragic story of the code-breaker and father of computer science Alan Turing.
  • The Backs - We stroll along the idyllic Backs towards the other side of the river and the centre of town.
  • St. John’s College - At one of the most famous colleges in Cambridge, hear about the famous scientists and alumni of St John’s including Paul Dirac.
  • Trinity College - The college with the most Nobel Prize winners and the college of Isaac Newton, we finish our tour with the breathtaking history of science at Trinity College - right next to Newton’s ‘apple tree’.
What's Included
  • Cambridge University Student Guide
What's Not Included
  • Entry / Admission to Colleges
  • Entry to research facilities / departments
Additional Information

Experience the rich scientific heritage of Cambridge University through our walking tour. Some of the world’s greatest scientists including Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Alan Turing, and Stephen Hawking have called Cambridge home. This tour illuminates their journeys, academic achievements, and experiences within this historic city. Witness the location where the atom was first split, and the pub where the breakthrough of DNA’s structure was proclaimed. Also, visit numerous university colleges where these eminent scientists resided and furthered their research. Our tour guides are all affiliated with Cambridge University. We limit our tour groups to 12 individuals to ensure a personalised experience. Further details about private tours can be obtained through our website or by contact via email.

Great St Mary's
Senate House Hill
Our guide will meet you outside Great St Mary's Church. Look out for the white umbrella!
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Feb 12, 2024
Excellent! Very informative, perfect pace, just right. - Rowena was a fantastic guide to Cambridge's history, its myriad scientific advances and was very personable. The Tour length was just right, the pace perfect, giving a great insight into a lovely place. We felt we knew the area so much better afterwards, and were very pleased to have been part of this smaller, bespoke Tour. A superb Tour, Rowena! Good luck with your studies, and kudos for arranging Tours in support of your studies.
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Jan 2, 2024
Brilliant and unique tour of Cambridge - Absolutely loved the tour - it was the highlight of our stay in Cambridge. We did another tour in Oxford and that was not even a patch on what we experienced with Rowena. She was extremely helpful and took us through the 'science' history of the city and made us fall in love with Cambridge. If there is only one thing that you want to do in Cambridge - I suggest you do this tour.
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Jan 1, 2024
Great Tour! - We enjoyed our tour. Rowena did a great job with the tour and answered all of our questions. She provided helpful ideas on other things to do during our trip to Cambridge. We highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in science.
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Dec 31, 2023
Knowledgeable, thoughtful, and insightful! - Knowledgeable, thoughtful, and insightful! The Town & Gown tours are really worth the time and their small fee. Our tour guide was also a PhD student at Cambridge University with a background in history and experience in traveling and living in Europe and the USA. So, it's a great opportunity to really understand how the Oxbridge system works. We did the Cambridge University science tour and couldn't be happier. We believe that any tour you take with Town & Gown will be just as fabulous. Search no more: this is the way to go!
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Dec 23, 2023
Unique and fantastic! - We had a fantastic tour with Rowena! She really made Science at Cambridge come alive, with all her stories behind the big names in Science and their colleges. She has impressive knowledge and is so enthusiastic about sharing it. One of the best walking tours I have done, would highly recommend it. Thanks Rowena:)
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Nov 26, 2023
Recommended! - I really enjoyed the science tour. Rowena was an excellent and friendly guide, who provided an informative insight into Cambridge’s science history. From the Corpus clock to the Mathematical Bridge, including figures like Isaac Newton and Alan Turing, this was a great overview of the city so well known for its science legacy.
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Nov 25, 2023
Amazing Science Tour - I went on the Science tour and it was amazing. Lots of interesting stories with a great guide. Could not recommend it more. Thank you to the lovely tour guide!
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Nov 8, 2023
Must do for science and history enthusiasts when visiting Cambridge - What a wonderful way to take in all the sights of Cambridge steeped in the history of science! Rowena is a knowledgeable and friendly guide, and a great storyteller with deep knowledge of the history of Cambridge's colleges as well as the many famous scientists (and more) and their world-changing work at the university. It was a particular delight to learn about all these from a fellow academic. The definite highlight of my visit to Cambridge, and I would strongly recommend this to anyone interested in history, science, and the history of science!
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Oct 8, 2023
Really worthwhile Tour - Rowena was fun and very knowledgeable She was able to cover all the regular sit a and history but her knowledge of the Science achievements was amazing. would definitely recommend her
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Oct 4, 2023
history of science, competent shown and explaint - The tour was very informative. A competent student of history of science led us to the most important places of well known scientist of Cambridge University. Funny fact and insides included, we got to know the structure of working of this university. Such a summery of the most important places we couldn't have managed on our own. So thank you and thumb up for this specialized tour, which differs perfectly from other offers. Maren and Lothar from Germany
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