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Guided Tours of King’s College

Guided Tours of King's College with Cantab Tours

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Cantab Tours are delighted to be able to offer Private Guided Tours of King’s College and Chapel Cambridge.

One of, if not the, most iconic sights in Cambridge, King’s College is a stunning late Gothic building dating from the 15th century and founded by Henry VI. King’s is one of the 31 constituent Colleges that make up the University of Cambridge. The building has many fascinating features with some of the highlights including:

  • The magnificent fan-vaulted ceiling, largest of it’s type in the world
  • The most complete set of 16th century stained glass
  • Beautiful oak screen with the carved initials of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn
  • Ruben’s wonderful altarpiece, The Adoration of the Magi

Cantab Tours work closely with the Society of Cambridge Tourist Guides and as such are one of the few tour companies permitted to run guided tours of King’s College.

The tours are part of their Private Tour Service, and can be booked as a standalone tour of the college or as part of a longer tour that takes in some of the many other Cambridge city-centre sights. All their tours are fully customisable and tailored to the individual interests of the group. – choose the time, meeting place and the itinerary. Tours can last up to 2 hours and accommodate up to 20 people per guide.

Cantab Tours would recommend a 1-hour tour to fully explore King’s or book a 1.5 or 2-hour tour to include some of the other iconic sights of Cambridge’s historic city-centre.

If you’d like to find out more, take a look at the Cantab Tours website for full details and information on how to book your tour.

Excellent Walking Tour - Highly Recommended
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"Mary was a terrific guide, we really lucked out - fun and generous with her knowledge, time and enthusiasm, flexible and engaging - broad depth of expertise and passion on all manner of aspects regarding Cambridge - history, literature, science..you name it... Thanks Mary!"
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5-Stars For Cantab Tours

5-Stars For Cantab Tours

Cantab Tours’ Cambridge Highlights Tour has been available to book on TripAdvisor for a month now and we are delighted that it has been given an excellent rating from EVERY customer who has left a review so far.

These fantastic reviews from happy customers help to back up the promise that Cantab Tours’ trained and knowledgeable guides really will guarantee that you’ll have an enjoyable and entertaining tour! You no longer have to just take their word for it….

All Cantab Tours’ guides are members of the Society of Cambridge Tourist Guides and hold either a Green or Blue Badge from the Institute of Tourist Guides and their local knowledge is unrivaled.

Take a look at some of the reviews below!

Cathy B
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"First time visitors to Cambridge last Saturday, we really enjoyed our walking tour with Ruth. A small group allowed more interaction and questions. So informative and fun. Full of historical facts and fun stories. Highly recommended."
Car Gamb
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"Excellent walking tour with Kate who patiently answered all our questions and was very knowledgeable. We can highly recommend Cantab tours!"
Brendan S
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"We had a lovely tour with Mary who took the time to get to know us to ensure she talked about things that would interest us. She also made fantastic recommendations for books and films that we could seek out to help give more context to our tour of Cambridge. The city of Cambridge is beautiful and Mary used her storytelling to keep us engaged and fascinated throughout. Would highly recommend, thank you!"

The Cambridge Highlights Tour runs twice a day, every day from outside Great St Mary’s Church in the city centre. You can book directly with Cantab Tours or through TripAdvisor.

Cantab Tours also offer a range of Private Tours that are fully-customisable and tailored to your group’s individual interests. They take groups of up to 20 per tour guide and tours range from between 1 to 2 hours in length starting at a time and place to suit you.

Find out more about Cantab Tours here.

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A Busy Start to Summer for Open Pass

A Busy Start to Summer For Open Pass

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The last 15 months or so have been extremely difficult for everyone in the tourism industry including for us here at Open Pass. We are, therefore, delighted that, as we start to see the light at the end of the tunnel, we have three official launches within the Open Pass family to announce:

Cantab Tours - Official Guided Tours of Cambridge

The end of May saw the launch of the new Official Guided Tour company in Cambridge – Cantab Tours. Working closely with  The Society of Cambridge Tourist Guides and the Institute of Tourist Guiding, Cantab Tours runs tours twice a day every day from outside Great St Mary’s Church in the city-centre. The 90-minute walking tours with a qualified Blue or Green Badge Guide really are the perfect way to see the iconic Cambridge sights!

Cantab Tours also offer a range of Private Tours that are fully-customisable and tailored to your group’s individual interests. They take groups of up to 20 per tour guide and tours range from between 1 to 2 hours in length starting at a time and place to suit you.

Find out more about Cantab Tours here.

Visit Derry Pass

Visit Derry launched their official sightseeing pass  – the Visit Derry Pass – at the end of June. The pass is available as either a 1-day or 2-day pass and includes entry to 10 city-centre attractions.

Take a walking tour of the walled city, visit top museums including the Museum of Free Derry and marvel at the beautiful cathedral, guildhall and churches – all included with the pass!

Derry has also been shortlisted for Europe’s Leading Emerging Tourism Destination 2021 – the place to visit this summer!

Find out more about the Derry Pass here.

Northern Highlights Pass

The Northern Highlights Pass also officially launched at the end of June.

Covering the North East of Scotland, The Northern Highlights Pass aims to encourage visitors to explore the area, providing them with discounted access and money-saving offers from leading tourist attractions such as distilleries and outdoor centres, hospitality providers and local businesses.

The pass has been backed by VisitScotland and VisitAberdeenshire and hopes to support the continued growth of tourism across North East Scotland.

Find out more about the Northern Highlights Pass here.

We wish all three the best of luck and look forward to a bright future for all involved! 

If you’d like to find out more about Open Pass and what we do, you can find out more about us here.

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Summer Sales Show Signs of Recovery

Summer Sales Show Signs of Recovery

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Although 2020 has been far from the year we were all hoping for, and tough times still lie ahead for the tourism industry in the UK and across the world, we have noticed a steady increase in sales coming through Open Pass as the summer has progressed and visitors have started to return.

From being at virtually zero in April and May, and then a trickle of sales in June, we’ve seen a significant increase in ticket and pass sales in both July and August as the restrictions across the country have been lifted. In July sales were at 8.75% of the 2019 figure and in August that had increased to 17% when compared to 2019 data. The trend looks set to continue into September as sales for the first week of the month are at 26% of last year’s total. Even though the numbers are still substantially down this steady recovery is encouraging.

Destination passes have fared particularly well with sales of York Pass recovering to 40% of the 2019 amount in August and the Shakespeare’s England Explorer Pass seeing 31% of the sales from the same period last year. Sales in Scotland have been slower to return which may in part be due to the more gradual lifting of lockdown restrictions as well as an earlier return to school north of the border.

There is a long way to go but we’re still remaining positive for the future here at Open Pass. As we enter the autumn months and new restrictions are enforced we’re ready to support our attractions and partners in any way we can.

If you’d like to find out more about the Open Pass system and how we could help your business – from booking systems to increasing your audience – you can find out more about us here.

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Ready To Welcome Visitors Back

Ready to Welcome Visitors Back

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As we enter a new month and restrictions continued to be eased following Boris Johnson’s ‘road map’ for the UK’s exit from lockdown we remain positive for the future here at Open Pass. It wasn’t quite business as usual for us in June but we did see a steady trickle of sales come in for those attractions that were able to open and we’re hopeful that numbers will continue to increase throughout the summer months and beyond. We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back across our marketplace!

Over the next week or so a significant number of our attractions will be opening their doors to visitors for the first time since March. They have all worked hard to make sure that they can keep both visitors and staff safe whilst on site with a range of measures in place from limiting numbers, and one-way-systems, to increased cleaning regimes and having hand sanitiser readily available. A number of them have already been awarded VisitEngland’s ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry standard mark meaning visitors can be confident that they are adhering to Government and public health guidance.

Although the future is looking bright for open air and outdoor attractions we are aware that for places such as heritage centres and museums the social distancing measures are making life a little more difficult and, in some cases, not financially viable to open just yet. Open Pass and our network of partners will be ready to start selling tickets again as soon as businesses are in a position to re-open and welcome visitors back.

Our destination passes started 2020 on a very positive note with sales booming. As more attractions open and more people look to take a holiday or a short break across the UK we’re confident that sales will return to pre-lockdown levels. Destination passes offer convenience and value for money both of which will be increasingly important to visitors over the coming months.

If you’d like to find out more about the Open Pass system and how we could help you to welcome visitors back – from booking systems to increasing your audience – you can find out more about us here.

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Sell Warwick Castle Tickets with Open Pass

Sell Warwick Castle Tickets with Open Pass

Open Pass trade partners have exclusive access to Warwick Castle tickets.

Warwick Castle – known as Britain’s Ultimate Castle – is one of the most popular attractions in Warwickshire attracting thousands of visitors each year. The castle grounds and gardens re-opened to the public earlier this month and the castle will be open from the 4th July. A number of measures are in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff including essential pre-booking and temperature checks, and Warwick Castle has been awarded VisitEngland’s ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry standard mark. This means visitors and partners can be confident that they are adhering to Government and public health guidance.

Our partnership with Warwick Castle means that Open Pass is the only platform that hotels can use to re-sell their tickets and being able to do so allows hotels to enhance their offering to their guests either as part of a stay package or as an extra once guests have arrived. Not only does selling the tickets allow hotels to provide added value to their guests’ stay but it also earns them a commission at the same time! A real bonus in the current uncertain climate for hotels and accommodation providers.

If you’re interested in selling Warwick Castle tickets or would like to find out more about partnering with Open Pass you can call us on 01865 364537 or email [email protected].

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Open Pass Goes Social

Open Pass Goes Social

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Open Pass now has a presence on social media! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Follow us to keep up-to-date with everything Open Pass and with the British tourism industry as a whole. Search for @OpenPassUK or click on the icons above to view our profiles.

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Shakespeare’s Schoolroom Tickets Available Through Open Pass

Shakespeare's Schoolroom Tickets Available Through Open Pass

We’re delighted to announce that Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall in Stratford-upon-Avon have teamed up with Open Pass and their tickets are now available to purchase through our network of trade partners.

The popular attraction is proudly ‘where it all began’ for William Shakespeare as the place he was educated from 1571 – 1578 and brings the stories of his childhood years to life. The building has been described as “one of the most atmospheric, magical and important buildings in the whole of Britain,” and is celebrating its 600th anniversary this year.

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall have been part of the Open Pass family for a number of years now as one of the valued attractions included with the Shakespeare’s England Explorer Pass and we look forward to working more closely with them over the coming months and years.

If you would like to find out more about working with us as a trade partner or selling tickets for Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall please give us a call on 01865 364537 or email [email protected] and our friendly team will talk you through the options.

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Flying Start to 2020 as Pass Sales Roar!

Flying Start to 2020 as Pass Sales Soar!

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It’s been a great start to the year for our destination passes with sales for January at an all time high! The passes have been selling well across the board with the numbers of sales of the Shakespeare’s England Explorer Pass steadily increasing month-on-month, and both the York City Pass and York & Beyond Explorer Pass selling in good numbers. The Edinburgh City Pass has had a phenomenal start to 2020 with its best monthly sales to date.

All our pass partners have worked hard to get their products out in front of a wider audience utilising our connections with big names like TripAdvisor as well as fine-tuning their marketing activities – and the hard work appears to be paying off!

This is very encouraging for Open Pass and the new destination passes that will be launching with us over the coming months.

If you would like to find out more about working with us as a pass organiser or if you are interested in becoming a trade partner and pass re-seller please give us a call on 01865 364537 or email [email protected] and our friendly team will talk you through the options.

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The Explorer Pass is Growing

The Explorer Pass is Growing

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We’re delighted to announce that the Explorer Pass now includes 18 attractions. Shakespeare Distillery have joined the Explorer Pass and their distillery tour has become the 18th attraction included with the pass, and is now available to pass holders for free. This new addition makes the Explorer Pass even better value as well as broadening the range of attractions included.

The Shakespeare Distillery is an independent artisan spirit producer based in Stratford-upon-Avon. Established in 2015, everything they produce is in small handcrafted batches, ensuring the best tasting spirits around!

At Shakespeare Distillery they are inspired by the Tudor period – the era in which Shakespeare lived. Thanks to Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries, the Tudor period became a time of great discovery, experimentation and innovation within the world of spirit production as people soon discovered that it could be a very nice recreational drink too – not just a medicine! They aim to recapture this period of innovation by fusing traditional and, in some cases, forgotten ingredients with modern techniques to create exciting new spirits.

They offer a range of ways to get involved and learn about their craft from Gin School to Cocktail Masterclasses as well as their distillery tours. The tours run on Wednesdays through to Sundays and are a fun way to learn about how gin is made and, of course, try some too in a tutored tasting session!

We very pleased to have Shakespeare Distillery onboard with the Explorer Pass and are looking forward to working with them. You can find out more about the distillery tours here and the Explorer Pass here.