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About the Traditional Punting Company

Traditional Punting Company

The Traditional Punting Company was established in 2001 by local Cantabrigians, and offers tourists the chance to witness the stunning views of Cambridge University that are otherwise inaccessible by foot. Guided punting tours along the “college backs” have increased in popularity from this time, and so has the Traditional Punting Company’s fleet of mahogany punts.

Recognising the need for a company that focuses on providing unique punting tours from experienced tour guides, the Traditional Punting Company has become a leading provider of chauffeured punting tours in Cambridge, recognised by tourists and locals alike. Licensed by both the Conservators of the River Cam and the Cambridge City Council, we continue to astound our customers with the delightful tales, facts and anecdotes of the historic city we are lucky enough to call home. Whether you are a history buff, a nature lover, or just looking for a relaxing way to spend an afternoon, punting in Cambridge is an experience not to be missed. So come and discover the beauty of Cambridge from a different perspective and be wowed for yourself.

People punting on the river cam under Garret Hostel bridge with ducks swimming in the foreground

See the Sights of the River Cam

All of our tour guides are carefully selected to join our team and have a great wealth of knowledge. The team strives to delight every customer with an award-winning tour filled with stories, anecdotes and facts about the creation of Cambridge University, it’s wonderful architecture and the scholars that have roamed its halls at one stage or another.

The River Cam is the perfect setting for punting, with its picturesque views and historic landmarks, with the most popular punting route in Cambridge being the College Backs. The tour takes you along a 1 mile stretch of the river, past some of the city’s most famous colleges. The route starts just before Magdalene and passes by St John’s, Trinity, King’s, and Queens’ Colleges, as well as the Mathematical Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs.

We operate our punt tours all year round and with the change of the seasons come different delights to behold. Whether it is the transformation of the leaves on the Virginia creeper at St John’s College in autumn, or the frosty lawns in front of Kings College Chapel in the winter, our tours will be sure to leave you in awe at the majesty of this wonderful university town whenever you decide to take a trip with us.

An ariel shot of moored punts on the corner of Jesus Green

Come Punting with the Traditional Punting Company

All of us at the Traditional Punting Company would like to take this chance to recommend our favourite tour for punting on the river cam. It is by unanimous vote that our favoured time on this beautiful river is between the months of June and August after 6pm for our evening punting tours. It is at this time the hustle and bustle on the river slows, and the majority of visitors are heading home. If you are lucky enough to have the time, it is now that you can truly enjoy the tranquil summer evening, with the calm water lapping at the front of the boat. What’s more, the light at this time of day lends itself especially well to photographing the wonderful sights along the way.

Browse our availability and prices throughout the year, and we hope to see you soon on one of our traditional tours. And if we haven’t tempted you enough already, check out our reviews to see what our previous customers have to say. 

Five chauffeured punt tours gliding along the river cam in front of St Johns College.