River Cam

River Cam: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cambridge: Guided Punting Tour

1. Cambridge: Guided Punting Tour

Discover Cambridge University on a guided punting tour along the River Cam. Hear more about student life as you see some of the historic colleges of one of the world's most reputable universities. 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: Walking, Punting, & Bus Tour with King's College

2. Cambridge: Walking, Punting, & Bus Tour with King's College

Explore the historic halls of Cambridge University on a guided walking tour led by a graduate. Visit famous colleges, including King's College and Pembroke College before embarking on a Cambridge punting tour and open top bus tour. If you are short on time, you are able to book various combinations of the above tours to suit your schedule. On this graduate-led 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. Book the King's College ticket option to ensure you see inside King's College Chapel with the highest vaulted ceiling of any chapel in the world. Discover famous landmarks such as Trinity Hall College, Trinity College, Corpus Christi College, Pembroke College, Queens’ College, King’s College, Clare College, Gonville, and Caius College, St Catherine’s College, Great St Mary’s Church, The Eagle Pub, Corpus Christi College, Senate House, Round Church and much much more.... Your punting tour starts approximately 30 minutes after your walking tour. While you sit back and relax on your chauffeured punting cruise your local student guide is on hand to teach you about the famous history of 8 colleges and 9 bridges along the River Cam. Bring refreshments on board, if you like, and enjoy a free punting lesson during your tour. Your open top bus tour is an open ticket valid for 24 hours. You are able to start your bus tour at any point in the day from any bus stop in the city after your walking and punting tours have concluded.

Cambridge: Chauffeured Punting Tour

3. 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: Guided Shared River Punting Tour

4. Cambridge: Guided Shared River Punting Tour

Embark on a guided punting tour along the River Cam. Experience the famous Cambridge University from the water and pass notable colleges, including King’s College Chapel and the Wren Library. Enjoy an introduction to Cambridge’s long and eventful history on a river punting tour. Discover how the city has evolved from a medieval market town to a world-class center for education from your guide. Cruise past 8 colleges and 9 bridges whilst enjoying spectacular views from the River Cam. Sit back and relax as your guide propels the punt along the river and shares their passion for history with you. From the Gothic splendor of King’s College Chapel to the classical elegance of the Wren Library, glide past all major college buildings. Float by the oldest riverside college of Clare College. See the wooden Mathematical Bridge and hear of famous Queens' College alumnae. Pass under the beautiful Bridge of Sighs at St John's College.

Cambridge: 2-Hour Private University Walking Tour

5. Cambridge: 2-Hour Private University Walking Tour

Your tour starts in the city center where you'll be given a brief timeline of all the interesting and peculiar things and events that make Cambridge University famous. Moving forward, cover Cambridge’s key sights such as its oldest church, and best-known laboratory, which hosted world-renowned scientists. You will taken to the best photo spots to capture landmarks including King’s College Chapel, the Mathematical Bridge, and Trinity College. Hear from your student guide as they highlight the local color and share little-known secrets such as what Henry VIII is holding above the gate of Trinity College and what special privileges the fellows of St. John’s share with the Royal Family. For a truly tailored experience, customize your tour to your preferences. From specific start and end times to special topics of interest. This tour can provide a closer focus on the University’s academic history, scientific achievements, or on outstanding women at Cambridge.

Cambridge: Self-Guided Colleges Walking Tour and Sightseeing

6. Cambridge: Self-Guided Colleges Walking Tour and Sightseeing

Uncover the secrets of Cambridge's historic center, including the heart of the University of Cambridge, along with less obvious gems with this smartphone walking tour. Listen to the experiences of a local student at the University of Cambridge and enjoy access to offline audio, maps, and geodata.  Dive into Cambridge, the second oldest university in England. See how it showcases almost a thousand years of architectural highlights. Unpack highlights like the Round Church, which dates back to 1130, and the the Wren Library which was completed in 1695. Find out about modern sights too like the Corpus Clock which was installed in 2008. Have the option to pause and resume your tour at anytime which will allow you to snap some photos of the quaint cobblestone streets and winding alleyways. Walk at your own pace over the 2-kilometer track over flat terrain. Finish your tour in the city center on the King’s Parade. Have the option to choose to take the tour at home with a virtual option and take the tour multiple time with unlimited access to the tour.

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What people are saying about River Cam

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,158 reviews

Couldn’t have asked for a better attraction in Cambridge, or a better punting tour guide. Milo (?) was lovely and made our experience ten times better. Everything felt serene and my friends and I thoroughly enjoyed this activity. 10/10 would come back & highly recommend!

Excellent tour run by graduate student. Moved along quickly as lots to see but enjoyed immensely and got a good sense of the college. Boat tour was amazing! Buy the extra ticket to see the chapel - well worth it.

Our family of 10 all thoroughly enjoyed our guided punting experience. Our guide, Ben, was superb. His knowledge and humour was second to none. We feel his future history pupils to be very fortunate.

It was lovely! Our guide knew so much and was a great story teller. Such a relaxing activity.

What made our experience was our very knowledgeable guide, Ben!