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Punting Along The Backs

Punting Tours

The River Cam runs through the heart of Cambridge enabling you to enjoy fantastic views of the world famous Cambridge College ‘Backs’ from the comfort of a traditional Cambridge Punt.

King's College Chapel, The Wren Library at Trinity College and the Bridge of Sighs, are just some of the famous Cambridge landmarks you can expect to see during this 45-minute chauffeured punt tour.

Discounted Tickets

To help you make the most of this wonderful city, the friendly and knowledgeable team at the Cambridge Visitor Information Centre will provide exclusive offers & discount for all Early Bird customers, visiting the centre Monday - Friday before 12noon*.

There are a number of fully licensed punt operators available in the city, here are a selection to choose from...

Scudamore's Punting Company

Founded in the early 20th Century, Scudamore's are Cambridge's original punting company. They offer boat hire and Cambridge tours services to both residents and visitors alike. Enjoy a VAQAS award tour or have a go at punting with boat hire available from an hour to as long as the day's opening hours.

Book Tickets NowMagdalene Bridge Punting Company

Founded in 2008, Magdelene Bridge Punting Company are Cambridge’s alternative independent choice. They exclusively concentrate on chauffeured river tours, giving a bespoke service to residents and visitors alike. They offer tours from Jesus Green along the famous college backs, providing one of the longest tours on the river cam.

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Cambridge Chauffeur Punts

Cambridge Chauffeur Punts was founded in 1993. Since then we have built up to a fleet of 27 Punts some of which are double punts, designed for taking groups such as school parties and conference groups of up to 100 people. Customers can choose from taking a tour with a chauffeur guide or punting themselves. We operate on the upper river, towards Granchester and along the middle river which passes the famous college Backs.

Lets Go PuntingLets Go Punting

At Lets Go Punting we are a small independent company specialising in private and shared chauffeured punting tours. Our tours last approximately 50 minutes and cover the full length of the College Backs, including magnificent sights such as Kings College Chapel, The Bridge of Sighs and New Court St Johns. Sit back and relax whilst your chauffeur punts you along the River Cam providing an interesting and information tour focusing on the riverside colleges, famous alumni and Cambridge history.

Rutherfords Punting

Glide along the world-famous College Backs on a traditional punt and experience Cambridge with Rutherford's. We're the top rated punting company in Cambridge offering VisitEngland Quality Rose Marque tours. Book online and save!

Scholars Punting CambridgeCambridge Punting Company

Established in 2007, Scholars Punting Cambridge is a small collective of four local independent owners licensed by Cambridge City Council. Together we are devoted to our city's most traditional and ancient pastime, and committed to offering you the most authentic punting in Cambridge. We offer a variety of tours to suit your needs and budget, whether you need to hire several private tours to accommodate all your guests for a special occasion like a wedding or if you just fancy a single seat on a shared punt for some sightseeing, we have it covered.

The Cambridge Punt CompanyThe Cambridge Punt Company

Our chauffeurs will guide you easily along the river in one of our wide beam tour boats, seating up to 12 people. You will receive a well researched and thoughtfully delivered historical commentary of all of the colleges you pass, with anecdotes and tales of famous alumni thrown in too. Experience the world famous sights of King’s College Chapel, The Bridge of Sighs, and The Mathematical Bridge 

Traditional Punting Company Traditional Punting Company

The Traditional Punting Company was started by locals who wanted to showcase the best and most beautiful parts of Cambridge from the most unique perspective – the River Cam. We offer a wide range of tours to suit your occasion and group size, depending on whether you would like the luxury of a private boat or the flexibility of a shared tour, we will try and accommodate all. 


A punt tour along the world famous Cambridge College ‘Backs’ is one of the pleasures of a visit to Cambridge. We want your experience to be enjoyable and safe and this leaflet provides information about where to go to join a licensed tour.

You can choose from 6 locations as shown on the map on the back of this leaflet. You can buy tickets at each location, online or through the Visitor Information Centre.

Please DO NOT buy your punting tickets from people selling them on King’s Parade or the Market Square as illegal punt operators sell tours from these locations.

Please DO NOT buy tickets from people selling in the red locations

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