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This is a guide to walking around the Colleges and Museums without a tour guide. This walk will take you to some of the most popular Colleges and Museums, most of them free of charge. We’ve done our best to guide you. Use our pictures as markers to keep you on track.

Park in the Grand Arcade CB2 3QF. Find Sports Direct. It is on the ground floor at the opposite end to John Lewis

Sports Direct is left then right as you walk out of the car park and into the Grand Arcade, on the ground floor. Exit the Grand Arcade. Sports Direct will be on your left as you leave.

Directly opposite to the left is Christ College (free admission). You are looking for the Great Gate. (Make sure you start here).

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Christ College

When you leave, Christ College, walk out of the Great Gate and turn left. Downing College CB2 1DQ (free admission) is a 5 minute walk away. Walk past John Lewis, Nando’s, All-Bar-One and Wetherspoons and in the distance you can see Pizza Hut.

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All-Bar-One

Downing College is directly opposite Pizza Hut.

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Downing College

When you leave, Downing College, walk out of the gate and turn left. Walk past Whetherspoons and Nando’s. Turn left at the junction that has John lewis opposite. This is Downing Street.

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Turning left at John Lewis

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When you walk down Downing Street there are two popular museums that are free to enter on the left-hand side. These are the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Sedgwick Museum.

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Sedgwick Museum

Turn left when you come out of the museums. You will now find yourself on Pembroke Street. When you reach the end of the road, turn left and immediately on the left is Pembroke College (free admission) CB2 1RF.

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Pembroke College

On leaving Pembroke College turn left and walk 200 yards. Across the road is Fitzwilliam Museum CB2 1RB. Free Admission.

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Fitzwilliam Museum

When you leave Fitzwilliam Museum turn left and walk to the junction. Turn left onto Silver Street where the tailors shop is called Ede & Ravenscroft.

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Silver Street

Walk for 200 yards and your first right is Queens College entrance and shop. Entry to Queens is £3.

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Entrance to Queens College

When you leave, turn right and right again back onto Silver Street. Walk 200 yards and on the right is the world famous Mathematical Bridge.

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Mathematical Bridge

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Opposite the Mathematical Bridge you can go punting and there is a public house called The Anchor. You can sit outside and watch the punters.

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Opposite The Anchor

Walk back up Silver Street to the mens tailors, Ede & Ravenscroft and turn left. You are nearly on Kings Parade and close to Kings College.

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Walking along Kings Parade

Before you get to Kings College you have St Catherines College CB2 1RL on the left, visitors are welcome but you have to report to Porters Lodge for details.

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St Catherines College

Directly opposite St Catherines is Corpus Christi College. Visitors are welcome all year round but there is a small fee.

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Corpus Christie College

Keep walking and on the right is the Corpus Clock. The clock is plated in pure gold, has no hands and is not digital, yet tells the time with absolute exactness.

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Corpus Clock

Kings college is directly opposite. This is a most beautiful part of the city. Kings college charge £8 per adult and £5 for children and concessions.

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Kings College

Keep walking down Kings Parade until you come to Gonville and Caius College. Entry is free to Gonville College. The entrance is tucked away on the left, 50 yards from the big white building and the end of Kings College.

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The entance to Gonville and Cauis

30 yards on from Gonville and Cauis College is a road called Trinity lane.

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Trinity Lane

Trinity Lane leads you down to the ‘backs’ where you can punt or enjoy the scenery.

 

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Enjoy punting and relaxing at the ‘backs’

Walk back up Trinity Lane and turn left and 500 yards away is St Johns College.

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St Johns College

Walk back towards Gonville College and take your left onto Rose Crescent

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Rose Crescent

This brings you out onto the Market Square.

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Market Square

There are two public houses nearby to the Market Square that are very pleasant. The Eagle and The Bath House, which are 50 feet away from each other.

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Take a look at the ceiling inside the Eagle for a historical surprise

Please take note

The colleges and museums can close without warning. The colleges are still being used for education, therefore closed for exams, which is normally from May to June. The museums that are free, may ask for a donation at your discretion.

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