Going punting in Cambridge

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Punting Cambridge 

When you visit Cambridge, the things you are liking to hear are: Cambridge University, The Bridge of Sighs, Kings College Chapel (and choir), rowing, bikes, the Market Square, beautiful architecture, The Mathematical Bridge, the Botanic Gardens and also… Punting!!!… So, if punting is one of the top activities to experience whilst visiting this historic city, then what are the things you should know about punting in Cambridge before you come… Well, the top questions that come to most peoples minds are: How much does punting cost? How do I go about purchasing a ticket to go punting? And where do I go, to go punting in Cambridge? Below we try to answer these common questions, so your time punting in Cambridge is effortless and easy, just the way it should be whilst you are guided down the River Cam. 

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Punting Prices

Punting is a great activity to par take in, either going on a chauffeured punt tour or doing self-hire. You get to experience this traditional Cambridge pastime in the most picturesque part of the City, the ‘College Backs’. If a chauffeured tour is what you are looking for, then it is always best to book online before you come to get the best possible rate. You will be able to choose from a shared or pirate tour, depending on what you desire. If you are in a small group and you do not mind sharing the punt with others then a shared chauffeured tour would work best for you, it is also the cheapest tour on offer. The price for these tickets range from £8 to £20 per person depending on what day and time you would like to depart. If alternatively you would like the luxury of not sharing your experience and instead have the entire punt to yourself, then the private tour option is the one for you. The price for a private chauffeured tour does vary depending on whether you are a group of up to 2, 6, 12 or so on, as well as the date and time of the departure. Prices range from £79 to £169 per punt. The two options that have just been highlighted are for chauffeured tours, meaning you have a guide on the back of the punt doing all the work for you, whilst you relax listening to the historical tour being provided of the ‘College Backs’. Nevertheless, if you would like to give punting a go yourself, then you should look at self-hire. There are not many companies in Cambridge that offer this option, so again it is best to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The price for a self-hire ranges from £25 per hour up to £55 for 90 minutes. 

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Purchasing a punting ticket

Some people like to be organised and find the best rate for their punting tour beforehand. If this is you, then the best way to book your ticket is online. Once you have booked your punting experience, you will receive an email with all the information you need about the tour and the booking itself. This email also acts as your ticket on the day (so make sure you can show this email confirmation on your phone or in a printed version at the check-in desk). Being prepared might not be you, if this is the case then you might prefer to turn up on the day and hope that there is a tour available for you to join. You can purchase your tickets with a sales representative at the Quayside location, however please bear in mind purchasing your tickets on the day is a lot more expensive then what you see online. Punting also gets extremely busy in the summer, so if you chance your luck on the day, there might not be any space available. 

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Where to go Punting in Cambridge

Punting in Cambridge is done along a stretch of the River Cam called the ‘College Backs’. It is the middle section of the river and meanders through Cambridge University Campus. There are four points where people can depart from when going punting. The first is Quayside/Jesus Green, which is an area located at one end of the river opposite Magdalene College. The next one is near Garret Hostel Bridge, which is positioned in middle of this stretch of river, and is situated on Trinity College grounds. There is another departure point at the Mill Pond area, which is at the other end of the river, near to Silver Street Bridge. The last setting is at the Granta Pub, right at the top of the river near Newnham Road. You can also go punting from Cambridge to Grantchester. This is a longer trip than the ‘College Backs’ and takes most people roughly four hours to do the return journey. You can go on this scenic trip from the Mill Pond area.

Punting in Cambridge is loved by all, tourist and locals alike. We hope that these answers give you some idea of what do to if you are planning on going punting in the University town of Cambridge. If you are wanting to book your punting tickets online then click here.

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Posted on May 30th, 2019, by the Traditional Punting Company