If you don’t feel like sharing, why not hire your very own six-seater or twelve-seater punt? Exclusive private tours are ideal for family groups, prospective students, or even hen parties.
Duration: 50 minutes
- Tours leave every hour from 11 am until 5 pm
- On weekends book before 12 or after 3 to avoid delays
- Arrive 30 minutes early
- Dress accordingly for the weather
A CRUISE THROUGH THE CENTURIES
Undoubtedly the best way to see the most famous Cambridge colleges in a short space of time, our punting tours typically last around 50 minutes and take you through eight colleges and underneath nine bridges. From the breathtaking sight of King’s College Chapel to the mysterious Mathematical Bridge, the stunning views provide the perfect backdrop to an intriguing and often hilarious history of Cambridge. With stories spanning centuries, including tyrannical rulers, student pranksters, and intellectual greats, all history lessons should be like this one.
A TRADITIONAL CAMBRIDGE PASTIME
Did you know that the original punts were used for transporting cargo around the fens? Ideally suited to shallow water, the punt is a flat and square-shaped boat that is pushed along with a pole. In the early 20th century, punting quickly took off as a leisure activity, and has since become an iconic part of Cambridge tradition. Nowadays punting is the most popular way among students and visitors alike to enjoy the peaceful scenery of the college backs. Don’t miss your chance to join the tradition on a shared Cambridge punting tour!
Some swear they were born on a punt. Others say their father and his father before him were punters. What is certain is that all our punting tour guides are local students who are passionate and knowledgeable about Cambridge and its heritage. Feel free to ask as many questions as you like, and while you’re at it, why not have a go at punting yourself during the tour? Our guides are there to give you a real taste of Cambridge life – from a local’s perspective.