How to find us

Where does punting in Cambridge depart from in Cambridge?

Being tucked away on the corner of Jesus Green, it might not be obvious for our customers where are landing stage is, especially for non-Cambridge natives. Here at the Traditional Punting Company, we’ve put together a little guide to help you locate us faster and easier.

Where exactly is our Punting Cambridge landing stage?

Our punting Cambridge landing stage is located on the corner of Jesus Green, behind the terrace of a restaurant called La Mimosa. La Mimosa is positioned at the end of Thompsons Lane and Park Parade.

If you are coming from the city centre via Bridge Street, keep an eye out for a turning on the right-hand side, next to Côte Brasserie, that is Thompsons Lane.

If you are heading towards Quayside and coming from the northwest of Cambridge, then cross the Magdalene Bridge and down the boardwalk beside Las Iguanas.

In case you are arriving from the Chesterton Road area, cross the footbridge opposite the Arundel House Hotel, and head straight down the path to the corner of Jesus Green (you’ll see the punts moored up alongside the riverbank).

Once you have found our landing stage, we are situated under the orange umbrella, to the right of the landing stage steps. Since we the, Traditional Punting Company, is an independently run business, we share the landing stage with five other independent punting companies, so don’t panic if you can’t find us initially, there are plenty of people ready to help point you in the right direction. However all of our staff wear our logo, and there is a sign at the river to.

Our address is: Landing Stage, Thompsons Ln, Cambridge CB5 8AQ – or alternately type in Traditional Punting Company into google maps and follow us directly to our location that way.

Once you have found the orange umbrella and have been greeted by one of our lovely cashiers, they will ask you to wait by our meeting point sign next to Jesus Green tennis courts. From there you will be escorted to your punt.

We also have a youtube video, guiding you to our location – you can watch this below.

Coming from outside of Cambridge by Car

With Cambridge being a very popular city, it can sometimes be hard to find a parking space. Luckily during off-peak times, it does mean that there are plenty of car parks at your disposal.

The closest car park to us is Castle Hill, just a 9-minute walk north of our landing stage. Please be aware that this car park is a single story, so its spaces are likely to fill up quickly during busy periods.

We have three main multi-storey car parks in the city centre, Grand Arcade, The Grafton and Queen Anne.

The Grand Arcade is Cambridge’s main parking facility, it is also the one nearest to all the colleges, riverside and Cambridge’s bustling city centre.

The Grafton Centre has two car parks, Grafton East and Grafton West. Grafton West is in the best location to get to Jesus Green.

Queen Anne car park is the car park that is the furthest away from our landing stag. However it is still only a 25 minute walk from us and an even closer walk to the city centre.

Whilst driving into the city centre, there are various boards along the roadside. These detail how many spaces are left in each multi-storey car park. Alternatively, if you go onto Cambridgeshire County Councils’ parking website it will tell you in live time how many parking spaces are left.

Arriving to Cambridge by Train

If you are arriving to Cambridge station, take any bus heading into the city centre. From the main city bus terminal on Drummer Street our landing stage is a 10 minute walk away. Or you can walk, which takes around 30 minutes. Alternatively there is a taxi rank to the right of the station.

If you are arriving to Cambridge North station, there is a bus and taxi rank in the forecourt.

Choosing the Park and Ride

During peak times, Cambridge’s Park and Ride is the easiest option. Cambridge has five park and ride sites throughout the city; Trumpington, Madingley Road, Milton, Newmarket Road and Babraham.

Madingley Road has a bus stop on Bridge Street. So is an ideal bus to get if you want to miss the city crowds

Punting in Cambridge

If you decide to come on a guided punt tour of the College Backs, then you most probably have read that you can purchase your tickets both online or on the day at our sales desk. Booking in advance online firstly guarantees your departure date and time – so no queues or disappointment on the day, and secondly you receive a discount up to 50% compared to ticket prices on the day at our river location. You can even book online up to 30 minutes before a departure time – subject to availability. Please note that the earlier you book online in advance of your planned departure date, the more available departure times will sh0w. Booking online either the day before or on the actual day itself, will inevitably show sold out departure times, due to the popularity of this Cambridge activity.

When booking a Cambridge Punting tour online you will receive an email confirmation which includes information about our location, your booking details and everything else you’ll need to know for the day. You’ll even receive a reminder text message 5 minutes before your schedule departure time to prompt you to our departure point ready to embark on a traditional, historical tour of Cambridge’s most iconic sights. A sightseeing experience not to be missed. If you still have some un-answered questions about punting in Cambridge check out our ultimate guide to punting – your go to article about punting.

Posted on July 19th, 2022, by the Traditional Punting Company Editor