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Cambridge: Guided Punting Tour

1. Cambridge: Guided Punting Tour

This punting tour covers the entire length of the River Cam, along which the colleges of Cambridge University are located. Soak up more than 800 years of history as you take in the historic sights. Relax in comfortable seats that feature traditional cushions and blankets. Enjoy interesting historic commentary from your punter, along with some amusing Cambridge punting stories. The 7 colleges featured on the tour boast some of the most illustrious and influential alumni to have graduated from Cambridge. Hear tales of student life, academic and social, from Isaac Newton to Prince Charles.

Cambridge: University Walking Tour and Punting Cruise

2. Cambridge: University Walking Tour and Punting Cruise

A Cambridge University graduate guide will take you on an enthralling journey through time as you recount the colorful story of Cambridge and its famous university. Receive a wonderful insight into student life.  On this walking tour, see where famous alumni studied including Prince Charles, Sir Isaac Newton, and Stephen Hawking. Visit famous chapels and libraries, listen to anecdotes and see where the structure of D.N.A was discovered all while taking in views of famous architecture with over 800 years of history. Discover Trinity Hall College, Trinity College, Corpus Christi College, Pembroke College, Queens’ College, King’s College, Clare College, The Senate House, Gonville, and Caius College, St Catherine’s College, Great St Mary’s Church, The Eagle Pub, Corpus Christi College, The Round Church and more. Your punting tour will begin 30 minutes after your walking tour and will include an experienced local guide who will explain the famous history of 8 colleges and 9 bridges along the River Cam. You are welcome to bring refreshments on board and will be welcomed to a free punting lesson during your tour.

Cambridge: Walking Tour led by Alumni with Kings College

3. Cambridge: Walking Tour led by Alumni with Kings College

Discover some of the most famous colleges in Cambridge. Learn more about student life at one of the world's most prestigious universities from a University of Cambridge graduate guide. Visit famous chapels and libraries and listen to fascinating anecdotes. See where Prince Charles, Sir Isaac Newton, and Stephen Hawking studied. Stroll from King's College on King's Parade and pass landmarks such as Trinity Hall College, Trinity College, and Corpus Christi College. Look inside Pembroke College and marvel at the vaulted ceiling of King's College Chapel. Admire The Senate House, Great St Mary’s Church, and The Eagle pub where Watson and Crick announced they had discovered the secret of life.

Cambridge Guided Punt: 45-Minute Shared Tour

4. Cambridge Guided Punt: 45-Minute Shared Tour

This 45-minute College Backs tour offers the ideal introduction to Cambridge’s long and eventful history. Discover how the city has evolved from medieval market town to world-class center for education whilst enjoying spectacular views from the river. This tour is the best way to showcase Cambridge. Your guide will have a passion for history and a talent for sharing that with you. From the Gothic splendor of King’s College Chapel to the classical elegance of the Wren Library, your guide will ensure that you don’t miss a thing.  The guides are at your service come rain or shine, so come and experience Cambridge’s most popular tour.

Cambridge: Student-Guided 50-Minute Punting Tour

5. Cambridge: Student-Guided 50-Minute Punting Tour

See 8 of the most famous Cambridge colleges from Darwin to Magdelene and 9 bridges from the Mathematical Bridge to the Bridge of Sighs. You also have the option to book this tour as a private tour and the option to book the tour with a professional photographer who will be along to capture photo memories of your experience.  Your knowledgeable local guides are professional, educated and promise to be a lot of fun while giving a detailed explanation of historical facts and exciting stories. While being punted along the river Cam, you will have time to ask questions and take photos of the most famous architecture in Cambridge. During your tour, simply ask your guide for a free punting lesson and they will be happy to help. Feel free to bring drinks and refreshments on-board, then enjoy the tour.

Cambridge: Guided River Punting Tour

6. Cambridge: Guided River Punting Tour

Begin at our boat station opposite Magdlene College Fellows Gardens where your guide will begin telling you a little of the history of the town and how the University was founded. You will see many magnificent college buildings and the stunning bridges across the river. The guide will give you a historical description of the buildings and sights that you pass, with some amusing anecdotes about past Alumni and fabled stories along the way. You may ask questions and the guide will be happy to answer... The guide will turn the boat at Queen's college where the stretch of the River Cam known as "The Backs" comes to an end, on your return journey soak up the views and hear more stories about the town and University. Fisnish your tour 50 mins later back at our boat station where our staff will assist you disembarking.

Cambridge: Chauffeured Punting Tour

7. Cambridge: Chauffeured Punting Tour

Upon arrival at the supplier's check in at the La Mimosa Landing Stage (CB5 8AQ), you will be greeted and booked on to the next available departing tour. Tours depart regularly throughout the day and hold up to 12 passengers. The tour lasts for 45-50 minutes and you will travel along the River Cam in Cambridge. During the trip you will pass by 7 riverside colleges: Kings, Queens, St Johns, Trinity, Trinity Hall, and Clare. Sights along the way include Kings College Chapel, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Wren Library. During the tour, your chauffuer will provide an interesting and informative historical commentary and answer any questions you may have.

Cambridge: Shared University Punt Tour

8. Cambridge: Shared University Punt Tour

This 50-minute chauffeured punt tour covers the “college backs” with seven of the most prestigious colleges of Cambridge University. While you are guided through this beautiful stretch of river, you will be regaled with history of the stunning architecture and scenery that surrounds you. Soak up hundreds of years of history as you enjoy Cambridge's traditional pastime on a shared punt tour. This punt tour is a great way to see Cambridge's sights for less as you share the punt boat with other customers.

Punting in Cambridge Shared Tour

9. Punting in Cambridge Shared Tour

Enjoy the best Cambridge punting tour on the River Cam and glide along the famous, private and sublime College Backs. Discover the secrets and inspiring history of the city from our award-winning guides. Punted by your own chauffeur, travel under eight bridges, including the famous Bridge of Sighs. Glide past the Wren Library, and the Mathematical Bridge. See the pristine gardens and soak up the views of the stunning King's College Chapel. Relax as your guides tell you interesting facts and stories that focus on Cambridge. You'll hear more on its renowned university, and the riverside colleges as well as the spectacular buildings that you pass as you glide through the College Backs. Book a place on our shared tour. Punts seat up to 12 people, with seats sold in rows of up to 3 people. Boats are dressed with plush cushions, snug blankets are equipped with little tables. Should you need, umbrellas are available for a spot of shade or rain.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 241 reviews

We both enjoyed our walking tour of Cambridge on Saturday 7 May 2022. Our guide was friendly and informative and the tour was very interesting. She pointed our many things which we would have ordinarily have missed. The punt along the Cam was also a worthwhile trip with our guide providing us with lots of stories and interesting facts.

We had a lovely time on the boat with my boyfriend. The scenery was amazing. The weather couldn’t of been any better. The punter was incredibly friendly & sociable. Thank you for an amazing experience. Won’t that we will truly NEVER forget!! ❤️

I wish my English was as good as Francesco's! And I am English. He was knowledgeable, patient and very articulate, although made plenty of time to answer questions.

Beautiful river and Nick our guide was very chatty, pleasant and knowledgable. Very relaxed and informative afternoon

Sol who was manning the punt was very friendly and gave a very good guided tour.