A punting tour along the River Cam is a unique experience, and is popularly considered to be one of the most rewarding ways to spend your time in Cambridge. There are many attractions to see along the river, including Magdalene College and Magdalene Bridge.
Located on the right side of the river, Magdalene College sits in an idyllic spot, and the college’s grand facade can be seen in all its glory from the comfort of a punt. Surrounded by well-kept gardens, this is a gem nestled on the banks of the River Cam.
This architectural beauty with its magnificent brickwork dates back to 1476, when it was erected by John de Wisbech. Originally, the college was established as a Benedictine hostel for student monks, known as Monks’ Hostel. Its peaceful location was deliberately picked so that the monks would not feel the urge or temptation of life in the city. Fortunately for us, it means that we get to view this amazing college up close on our tours.
In the 1470s, the college was renamed Buckingham College, due to patronage by Henry, 2nd Duke of Buckingham. His patronage began in 1472, and lasted until he was executed for treason in 1483.