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Discover the Heart of Cambridge with Our Expert Punting Tours

Welcome to Cambridge Punting, where history meets modern charm, offering a punting experience that’s as vibrant and dynamic as Cambridge itself. Our company, rooted in the heart of this historic city, is driven by a team of locals who bring an authentic, insider perspective to every tour. With over 15 years of expertise in chauffeured tours, we have honed our craft to provide an experience that is both engaging and enlightening, tailored to those with a zest for adventure and a curiosity for the rich tapestry of Cambridge’s past and present.

Our tours, departing from the picturesque Jesus Green, are an invitation to explore the unique beauty of Cambridge from the River Cam. In each 50-minute journey, you’ll discover the architectural grandeur of seven prestigious Colleges and the serene elegance of nine bridges, all while gliding smoothly along the tranquil waters. Known colloquially as the ‘Backs’ tour, this path offers a consistent yet ever-fascinating glimpse into the city’s heart, regardless of the punting style you choose.

Understanding the diverse preferences of our guests, we offer flexible scheduling and pricing. To enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere, we suggest considering our evening tours, which are not only quieter but also more budget-friendly. Each of our 12-seater punts is steered by a trained chauffeur, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience. However, their role extends far beyond navigation; they are knowledgeable guides, sharing captivating stories and insights about the University and the city as you meander along the Cam.

At Cambridge Punting, we’re not just about sightseeing; we’re about creating memorable experiences. Our tours are designed to captivate and educate, blending the allure of Cambridge’s historical landmarks with the natural beauty of its waterways. Whether you have a passion for history, a love for the outdoors, or simply seek an unconventional way to explore Cambridge, our tours are crafted to provide an unforgettable experience tailored to diverse tastes and preferences.

Embark on a journey with Cambridge Punting, and immerse yourself in an experience that combines the best of Cambridge’s historical charm with the excitement of discovering something new. Join us for a punting adventure that goes beyond the ordinary, offering a fresh and exhilarating perspective on one of England’s most iconic cities.

Customer Reviews

Tyrrell's Punting
4.8
Based on 71 reviews
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Stephanie DagesseStephanie Dagesse
13:44 30 Sep 22
We took a tour on a Monday afternoon in autumn and had Patrick as our guide. He was great!! He was a wealth of knowledge, telling tons of anecdotes and interesting facts. He answered all our questions and made us laugh. We cruised easily through the river without bumping into anyone or anything. He was an expert punter! I would highly recommend this company, but also would recommend Patrick specifically! 👍
Lara GLara G
10:54 07 Aug 22
The price is a bit steep, even after a little negotiating but in spite of this we had a lovely time. We went on a shared punt of 4 rows of seats, we used one row - 2 adults and 2 children (10 & under) which was comfortable for us. The guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour worthwhile, I think you would lose a lot without this. We could sit back, relax, enjoy the scenery and architecture along with the history. 45 minutes was perfect timing... Just about when the youngest had had enough.
G. QayyumG. Qayyum
19:32 17 Jul 22
Scenery is stunning but boat experience and service was poor. Put aside the charming and well cultured Cambridge students, the boat was extremely hard to manoeuvre and staff on other boats were making fun and unwilling to help. We needed special assistance to get on and off but didn’t get it. Diabolical!. Add to that the crazy price of £270 for a guided boat or £50 for 90 mins of self pilot and it’s not worthwhile. Try canoeing or paddle boating elsewhere. You’ve been forewarned!
Patrick Van calckPatrick Van calck
19:03 31 May 22
A big price but they give you a massive reduction (part of the act to lure tourists, I'm sure). Very beautiful boat trip along Cambridge waterside. Friendly punter who knew his stuff and gave plenty of explanation. With the 'reduction' it's worthwhile though.
Anoj ThabrewAnoj Thabrew
08:14 20 Apr 21
It was a wonderful experience to go on punting in Cambridge. Our rider Eton was very good at explaining and describing places. It was 45 minutes boat ride.Worth for the price
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