The obvious starting point is King’s Parade; climb the tower of the University church (Also known as Great St Mary’s) for a rare high-level view. On one side is the classical Senate House, where university students receive their degrees, next to Gonville and Caius College (pronounced keys –and everyone drops the Gonville part). In the other direction, Market Hill hosts a bustling market.
King’s College Chapel, known throughout Britain for its Chapel Choir, has an annual Christmas Eve carol service that attracts crowds who start waiting outside at dawn. It’s well worth catching a choral evensong. The chapel was built between 1446 and 1515 under kings Henry VI (1421-71), Henry VII (1457-1509) and Henry VIII (1491-1547). It is perhaps the greatest example of uniquely English late Gothic Perpendicular style, typified by its magnificent stained glass and the wedding-cake fan vaulting that made it the largest single span vaulted roof of its time.
Trinity is the largest college in Cambridge founded in 1546 by Henry VIII, and its great court is the largest of the courtyards at both Cambridge and Oxford universities.
The best of the next includes: Queens’, with its half –timbered Cloister Court and matchstick-like Mathematical Bridge; Emmanuel’s garden; Jesus with cloister-like seclusion and an impressive chapel; and Clare, an elegant Renaissance creation with stone bridge.