punting in Cambridge

Punting is synonymous with Cambridge and is a great way to see the University colleges in the city too. It is also a popular romantic date, hen party or celebration choice. There are many excellent businesses offering punting in Cambridge and you have choices for where and how you wish to punt. Perhaps you would like to book a chauffeured punt so that you can sit back and relax? Perhaps you are celebrating a special occasion or getting married? You are able to punt yourself if you fancy driving and can take a picnic and really make it an event. All of these punting businesses currently have Covid measures in place- check their websites for details.

Let’s Go Punting:

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Small, independent punting company Let’s go Punting specialises in shared and chauffeured punting river tours. Sit back and soak up the view while the guides tell you about the history of the city. Shared tours take about 50 minutes and famous scenery and sights, including Kings College, are on the route. Prices for this start at around £20 for two people. Other punting experiences include hen party, romantic, family friendly, and evening punting tours.

Scudamore’s River Tours:

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Scudamores first introduced their punting early 20th century and retain their traditional style. They offer chauffeured, group and private punt hire alongside other themed experiences. These include the champagne, gin and afternoon tea punt tours. They also offer a bat safari experience! Enjoying stunning views of the colleges and other famous sights, including the beautiful Granchester. Shared tours are about 45 minutes long and prices start at £49.

Scholars Punting:

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Chauffeured and self-drive punting is available with Scholars Punting, touring past seven of the most prestigious colleges in the city. Prices start at £8 per person for shared punting tour and take about 45 minutes. Special packages include punt and dine, proposal punting, May ball fireworks punting, and more. Punts are comfortable and equipped with blankets and umbrellas to help with the great British weather.

Cambridge Punt Company:

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Cambridge Punt Company give you a fabulous punt through the sights during their 45-50 minute tour. The punts are comfortable and the guides professional and well trained, with plenty of local knowledge. For the best value, get a larger group together for a shared punt. Prices for this are as little as £40 for 6 people.  Other tours include; hen party, May Ball Fireworks, private, and evening punting tours.

Varsity Tours:

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Really get to grips with the history of Cambridge with Varsity Tours. Choose from a 50 minute guided river tour, or if you prefer a land option, a 70 minute walking tour of the city with a local historian. See the booking system for prices and availability as they are dependent on date and the type of tour you choose.  Chauffeured shared or private punting tours are available, also the proposal tour.

Cambridge River Tours:

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Lay back and relax while the experienced guides take you through the sights of Cambridge with Cambridge River Tours. Choose from a shared or private experience , the 45-60 minute tour passes 8 of the famous colleges, and 9 bridges. Prices start at £28. Pets are invited to join you on your tour and you are able to take food and drink. E tickets available.

The Traditional Punting Company:

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The Traditional Punting Company is a small, independent company, set up by a pair of Cambridge locals with the aim of showing the best and most beautiful parts of their home city- Cambridge. The punts are clean and comfortable and you can choose from shared chauffeured tours, private tours or the Picnic Punting experience. Dogs are welcome on board!


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There is plenty of choice of tours with Rutherford’s. Enjoy shared or private tours, along with oodles of other themed tours including; ghost, cream tea, dog’s day out, proposal, cheese, picnic, Pimm, and luxury tours to name just a few. You can even pick up punting gift cards! Prices start at £25 for 2 people taking a shared tour.

Punting in Cambridge:

With such a lot of choice for punting in Cambridge, there are endless ways of taking a tour of this beautiful city. We hope that you enjoy your punting experience. Let us know in the comments below.

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