Treasure Hunt Cambridge

Have fun and see Cambridge a different way

You’re going to Cambridge and you want to have some fun. There are so many ancient streets, it's hard to know where to start.

It’s no fun wandering aimlessly. Feeling like you’re missing the cool areas or the lesser known sites. You don’t want to spend all your time looking at your phone, not actually seeing anything. With your other half getting bored and hungry.

What about planning your own route and hoping for the best? Sounds like a lot of work trawling blog posts and reading reviews. And you’ll probably miss the hidden gems as all the blogs just list the same attractions.

Will you find a lovely route or will you just spend the afternoon strolling between coffee shops?

You know Cambridge is full of amazing buildings, quaint historical streets and thousands of years of history. It’s just a question of having fun seeing it all.

Treasure Hunt Cambridge

Pore over treasure maps and ponder cryptic clues.

Scour Cambridge's ancient streets to find the answers.

A dotted path where X marks the spot
The magnificent Kings College in the sunshine

Follow a carefully designed route around Cambridge. Pass ancient colleges, explore pretty side-streets, discover the leafy riverside and the Backs. Take the lesser known path but still see King's College and the other main sights.

Spot things other people don't notice like Newton's apple tree, standing in plain sight.

Learn some fun facts and stories like how the Catherine Wheel got its name. Nothing too heavy, you're here to have fun!

A group of friends looking for a clue from a bridge

Go at your own pace. Pop into tea shops or enjoy a picnic at the Backs, by the river. Take your time.

A dotted path where X marks the spot

Don't take our word for it: we're rated ★★★★★ on Tripadvisor with 79 reviews.

Are you organising a special occasion? 🎉

Treasure Hunt Cambridge will take you on a fab route around the city, spotting clues and following treasure maps, all at your own pace.

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Absolutely fantastic!!

So much fun, and an incredibly well though-out course. The riddles and clues were great, and we had a lovely time! Would definitely recommend to everybody.

Maria, Tripadvisor

Great way to spend a few touristy hours

We really enjoyed this social-distance friendly treasure hunt on our recent first visit to the city. With weather threatening our punting plans and museums and the like yet to open, we gave this a go as a way to get shown around the city and keep active. Would recommend thoroughly as a way to get about town and learn more about the city.

Jordan R

It works like a WhatsApp
group chat

You don’t need to download or print anything and it doesn’t need any permissions.

Plus, you get to start when you want.

1. Follow maps 🧭

Bess sends you a series of treasure maps, leading you around Cambridge.

The clues and maps are a lot of fun.
This is a great way to see the city!”

Captain Bess Now for a change of scene, let's head down by the river...

2. Search for answers 🔎

Bess sends you a series of clues and you have to search the city for answers.

Good banter from Captain Bess who sends you the clues!”

Captain Bess A family firm,
who slowly became
Forgotten and faded,
what was their name?

Black Beard Beth Jones?

Captain Bess Nay, yer askin' to be walkin' the plank!

Long Joe Silver Wills?

Captain Bess Aye! That's it!

3. Learn some facts 🎓

Along the way, Bess will tell you a few interesting facts and stories about the things you're spotting in Cambridge!”

We learnt new things and actually appreciated the beautiful scenery as we went around the city.

Captain Bess It's a fire insurance mark, to show the firemen ye've paid yer dues! If not, they'd stand by 'n' watch yer house burn, imagine that!

4. Play together 👨‍👩‍👦

Captain Bess will invite you all to join the hunt!

We had such a laugh and a great day out!

Captain Bess Ahoy there! Ye must be the one they're talking about. Lookin' to join me ship, the Rising Pearl?

Buccaneer Beth Yes!

Captain Bess Ye'll be needin' help, have ye a crew?

Lianne Pinkbeard joined the game.

Parrot Pete 🦜 joined the game.

Parrot Pete Arrrrrrr!

Lianne Pinkbeard I'm ready to set sail! ⚓️

Reserve your game

... for FREE!

A different way to see Cambridge

A treasure hunt is more like a game than a traditional tour. You have to follow treasure maps, solve cryptic clues and keep your eyes peeled to find the answers.

You’ll have some banter with our friendly pirate Captain Bess. She’ll put you in your place if you get too many answers wrong!

Take your time, go at your own pace

You can start when you like, there’s no fixed start time. You can even finish the next day if you get stuck in a nice pub!

Fancy popping into an ancient pub along the way? Enjoy! Take it at your own pace. There are plenty of pretty cafes and good pubs along the way.

Play on your own terms. It's just you and your team, like a private tour.

Well designed and great fun

It’s great to run through it at your own pace and take breaks as a when needed. Also offered up some very interesting bits of history as you are going around as well. Would recommend anyone to give this a go.

Lardo1975, Tripadvisor

Start playing in 60 seconds

It’s all on your phones, there’s nothing to print or collect.

Book online and you’ll get a link to start your game straight away.

You can rearrange or cancel

We’re flexible. If you change your mind or if Cambridge, play another day or cancel for free.

Fun or your money back

We think you're going love Treasure Hunt Cambridge!

If you don't have fun, we promise to give your money back. We'll ask for a quick chat on the phone to understand what went wrong.

See more than just the University

No spoilers... You'll see the famous colleges and the main sights, but the real fun is spotting details you'd normally walk past.

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We absolutely loved this!

It was well organised and great value for money! In particular it allowed us to explore areas of Cambridge that we otherwise would not have visited. We were able to complete the challenge in our own time and left plenty of time for some drinks and food along the way. We would definitely recommend to give this a go!!

Alan M, Tripadvisor

King’s College Chapel - the iconic gothic chapel and oldest surviving building within the College.

The magnificent Kings College in the sunshine

Senate House - where graduation has been held for the past 300 years.

Great St Mary’s Church - this beautiful church dates back to 1205 and the top of its tower offers fantastic panoramic views.

Market Square - stalls have been trading at this historic market square since the middle ages!

Traders setting up shop in Cambridge Market Square

The Corpus Clock - a mesmerising and intriguing sculpture of a grasshopper eating away at time.

Trinity, Catharine’s and Queens College - just three of the many prestigious colleges of the University of Cambridge you’ll discover on this tour.

The rooftops of Cambridge

Mathematical Bridge - one of the most recognisable and interesting structures on the Cam, this timber footbridge has a rich history.

The fascinating Mathematical bridge connecting Queens’ College over the River Cam

The Backs - a peaceful and picturesque stretch where several of the colleges back on to the River Cam.

A view over the River Cam, with punters in the sunshine.

The Round Church - at 900 years old, this church predates Newton and Darwin, the Colleges and the University!

The ancient Round Church, just one of the stops on Treasure Hunt Cambridge

By the end, you'll have covered Cambridge's compact city centre. You've probably spotted a pub or two you'd like to revisit!

What if it rains? 

If it's patchy rain, you can pop into a cafe or a pub along the route, it's flexible.

If it's looking really wet and you want to play a different day, that's fine. Or split it over two days.

If it's pouring and you don't fancy wading through flooded cobblestones, we’ll give your money back, even if you've started the game.

Will it be too difficult?

Don't worry! The treasure hunt has some tricky clues, but if you get stuck you can ask for a hint.

We make sure you don't get completely stuck, lost in a labyrinth of ancient colleges...

Will I have fun if I'm from Cambridge?

Yes! You already know the city, but we bet you'll notice things you've walked past a hundred times before.

We've worked hard to find the less-obvious stuff - beyond the typical blue plaques - and some interesting stories and anecdotes. You're going to have a great time!

Is it suitable for kids?

The game is designed for adults and curious kids aged 8 and up.

A family perched on a sculpture playing Treasure Hunt Liverpool

Younger ones are welcome though you may have to help by interpreting the clues and Captain Bess' pirate speak.

The whole route is pushchair friendly, avoiding steps or showing step-free alternative routes.

We’re a family of four with a 13 year old and a 11 year old. Mum was map reader, dad reminded kids about clues, and kids were hunting for clues.”

—Lexie, Tripadvisor

Well paced, enjoyable “treasure hunt” walking tour of Cambridge!

Finding an activity for 3 boys aged 11-15 can be challenging, but all three enjoyed this well-paced puzzle-based walking tour of Cambridge. The clues seemed about the right level of difficulty, and we never found ourselves stuck for more than a few minutes. The use of phones worked well, and wasn’t distracting. The eldest was quite chuffed with himself for nailing the final clue!

Neil S, Tripadvisor

Will it be too physical?

It's 2½ miles walking but there are cafes and pubs to rest along the way.

Ready for a different way to see Cambridge?

  • Follow a carefully designed route around Cambridge.
  • See the famous sights as well as the leafy Backs and some hidden details too.
  • Start whenever you like, take it at your own pace.
  • 1½–2½ hours of fun outdoors.

How does it work?
Play the demo 📱 (win a prize!)

Getting organised?
Plan your day 📋

Have questions?
Email us 💌
or text us
07380 309380

“So much fun, and an incredibly well though-out course. The riddles and clues were great, and we had a lovely time! Would definitely recommend to everybody.”

—Maria, Tripadvisor

Telephone: 01223 750 873
Text us: 07380 309380

Colleges And Courtyards starts from:
Great St Mary's Church, Senate House Hill, Cambridge, CB2 3PQ