You see them in almost every big city, the brightly coloured double-deckers with mostly on the upper deck a large group of tourists with cameras in their hands. Rarely have I ever made such a bus ride or did it occur to me to buy a ticket for an audio tour through a city. But when my daughter saw these red buses driving around Cambridge, she had to go on a trip with me. And although we’ve already seen a lot of our new living environment by foot and by bicycle, it’s also very nice to see the same city from a different perspective.
The ticket is valid for 24 hours, which means that you can hop on and hop off at the bus as many times whenever you want. For example, you can get off at stop 5, Bridge Street and 15 Silver Street to go punting on the River Cam. Or you can take a break at stop 16, Queens Road to discover the Museum of Cambridge. In total, the bus will pass 19 sights that Cambridge is known for.
Because we already have seen a lot of Cambridge and we wanted to keep some of the sights open for a later visit, we decided to stay on the bus during the ride where we enjoyed the beautiful view over the historical city.
With nice weather, the open-air upper deck is a wonderful place to take a seat, keep in mind that the sun can be very bright and you’re barely sheltered. Sunscreen and a cap or hat is therefore strongly recommended. The audio tour, which is available in multiple languages, can be listened by the supplied headphones that you can plug-in into the seat in front of you.
After driving around Cambridge for 80 minutes, our tour came to an end at our first and final stop: the train station. Maybe a tourist attraction like this scares you off a bit, as I thought as well in advance, but afterwards it’s actually quite fun. It gives you a clear view of a city and you’re able to visit several sights in one day.
The City Sightseeing Cambridge also offers combi tickets where you can both use the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour and the Punting on the River Cam in an advantageous way. Perfect when you’re in Cambridge for a short period and want to get the most out of your visit.
If you would like to have more information about the sights, (combi) tickets and departure times, please check the website of City Sightseeing here. – Enjoy your ride!
Suitable for ages
Young Children (2-8), Older Children (9-12), Adults
Suitable for wheel- & push chairs – audio tour with 9 languages – headphones
Address & Contact
For more information about the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour, click here
T: +44 (0) 1789 299 123
Map of Cambridge with stops: click here
Mon till Sun 10:10am till 17:10pm From £16,50