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For locals and tourists alike, punting has been a quintessential part of Cambridge life since the early 1900s, and is now the top rated activity to do when visiting this historic city

The Traditional Punting Company is an enterprise by a pair of Cambridge locals, who revel in showing the best and most beautiful parts of the city from the most unique perspective – the River Cam.

Despite the increasing number of businesses set up in the area to provide punting services, we have found that we are favoured by customers, who know us for our clean and comfortable punts, our expertise in the local area, and our outstanding customer service.

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The Traditional Punting Company is a small independent punting tour operator, licensed by both the Cambridge City Council and the River Cam Conservancy. We are located near to the Quayside in the heart of Cambridge’s magnificent centre.

The Traditional Punting Company was begun by Cambridge locals who recognised the need for a punting company that focuses on providing a personal service. The company grew from a single punt, built by the owner’s father for leisure and family days out. From those lazy summer days on the River Cam grew a love for showing others what the stretch of river known as the “College Backs” has to offer. Now with a small fleet of wide beam mahogany punts, the Traditional Punting Company has become recognised by tourists and locals as a provider of exceptional punting tours in Cambridge.

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We offer a truly traditional and authentic Cambridge punting experience



View famous Cambridge colleges and sights from the best seat in town



Pre-booked departure times with text message alerts for boarding



Book online to receive up to 50% off when compared to the on the day rates

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Punting in Cambridge is the perfect outdoor activity for all to enjoy, from families to Hen Parties, or even large group events, a guided tour along the College Backs will be the highlight of your visit to Cambridge. Catering for all ages and group sizes, a traditional punting tour along the Cam will suit any occasion.

Offering optional extra’s, why not take your tour to the next level, with various picnics that delight our customers on a daily basis. From cream tea punting to deli style sharing boxes, your picnic punting package will provide a luxury experience that everyone will enjoy. We, at the Traditional Punting Company pride ourselves in tailoring our punting service to your requirements. We have sales staff available 7 days a week who are on hand to answer any questions or requests you may have about our range of Cambridge Punting Tours.

If a traditional punting tour is not what you are looking for then be sure that other punting services are available to you all year round. Special event punting covers a wide range of punting events in Cambridge from Music On The River to May-ball Fireworks. The river cam provides a stunning backdrop bringing the full visual spectacle of the College Backs but with the additional wow factor of the event that you are attending.

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Why Choose Traditional Punting Company?

When it comes to choosing a tour operator, you need to know that you are using a company that you can trust. Booking a punt tour is an exciting experience and your tour will create lasting memories. Of course, getting the most from the experience is all about selecting the right service to suit you, and this is where we can help. We are the most comprehensive small tour operator on the Cam, providing a range of options to suit your needs and offer a renowned service that our customers can trust. We don’t cut corners, or settle for less than perfect. And happily, our reputation and company reviews reflect this.

A good punt chauffeur knows all there is to know about the local area. Our tour guides are carefully selected, and have a great wealth of knowledge. Our team includes local residents, historians and scholars, and every guide is equipped with a cornucopia of interesting and, most importantly, accurate information about the history of our city. The Traditional Punting team will strive to delight every customer with anecdotes and facts about the city, the University, the wonderful architecture and the famous scholars who have roamed our streets throughout the centuries.

We are also a dog friendly operator and welcome dogs to come on board and be part of the experience. At the Traditional Punting Company we regard our customers’ happiness and enjoyment as paramount, and knowing that their furry friends bring them joy and companionship, we want to ensure they can be included on the tour.

Unlike some providers, we operate tours all year round, with the change of the seasons bringing different delights to behold. Many veteran punters prefer a tour in autumn or winter, because not only is the river quieter, but the sights of Cambridge are breath-taking under a blanket of snow or wreathed in autumn mist.

When it comes to booking your tour, our advanced online booking system will give you a stress free experience. With live availability and a dynamic pricing structure the online booking process will be smooth from start to finish. Once you have booked your tour online, just head to our queue free location for your departure time, and we’ll take care of the rest. Purchasing your tickets from us online removes all the hassle and ensures that you will find the perfect tour at excellent value for money.

From the moment you click on our website, to the moment you disembark from your punt, you should be able to relax and enjoy yourself, because that’s what a punting experience is really all about. So if you’ve been searching for the perfect place to book your punting tour, look no further!

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We offer evening punting tours in Cambridge during the summer months


Traditional Punting Company allow you to take your own refreshments on board


We offer discounted rates for morning departures, perfect for families who want to make the most of their day

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Our Reviews

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We did a punting tour with the Traditional Punting Company, that I had booked online on Monday the 17th of February. Our guide was Ben and he did a brilliant job, punting against the strong current and telling us lots of interesting stories. Very good experience! Thank you.


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Great experience, very relaxing and our tour guide Torin was brilliant! He was very knowledgable and provided all the info we needed on the tour and more. He guided the punt professionally and we all learned a great deal about Cambridge. We booked a private punt at 10.30am and it was a perfect time as not too busy! Thanks Torin.


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