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Punting Tour in Cambridge provided by Scudamore's Punting Company

Punting Tour in Cambridge
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Tour snapshot
Observe some of the city’s most notable sites, including King’s College Chapel and the Bridge of Sighs
Duration:
45m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
12
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Cambridge is known for its historic attractions, but typical tours can take up a lot of time, especially for those on a brief visit. Discover the city by punt, passing landmarks such as King's College and the Mathematical Bridge. Learn about their history from your guide as you sail in a traditional, flat-bottomed boat. The tour’s convenient duration and regular departure schedule is ideal for those looking to tick off this authentic experience while saving time.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 45m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Learn about the city’s history and culture from your accredited guide and relax with your own chauffeur 
  • Save time with a convenient tour duration and regular departure times
  • Experience a typically English pastime, with punting a popular leisure activity for over 100 years
What to expect
Depart from a central Cambridge location along the Cam River, at a time that suits your schedule. Board your vessel and glide along the river, admiring the quintessentially English scenery along the way. Listen as your accredited guide shares insights into the historical landmarks you pass, including King’s College Chapel, the Mathematical Bridge, and the Bridge of Sighs, and relax as you're chauffeured along your journey. Orient yourself in the historic city and enjoy the small group nature of the tour. Should the rain strike, enjoy an authentic English experience by wrapping up in a provided blanket and taking shelter under one of the punt’s umbrellas. At the end of your journey, return to the original point of departure, and continue your exploration of Cambridge with new insight into its history and culture.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 45m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Learn about the city’s history and culture from your accredited guide and relax with your own chauffeur 
  • Save time with a convenient tour duration and regular departure times
  • Experience a typically English pastime, with punting a popular leisure activity for over 100 years
What to expect
Depart from a central Cambridge location along the Cam River, at a time that suits your schedule. Board your vessel and glide along the river, admiring the quintessentially English scenery along the way. Listen as your accredited guide shares insights into the historical landmarks you pass, including King’s College Chapel, the Mathematical Bridge, and the Bridge of Sighs, and relax as you're chauffeured along your journey. Orient yourself in the historic city and enjoy the small group nature of the tour. Should the rain strike, enjoy an authentic English experience by wrapping up in a provided blanket and taking shelter under one of the punt’s umbrellas. At the end of your journey, return to the original point of departure, and continue your exploration of Cambridge with new insight into its history and culture.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 7386P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Sightseeing cruise (shared punting experience)
  • Umbrellas and woollen blankets
  • Hot water bottles (winter time only)
Duration
45m
Departure details
  • Cambridge CB2 1RS, UK Chose one of our starting points: Mill Lane Punting Station Mill Lane Cambridge CB2 1RS or
  • Quayside, Cambridge CB5 8AB, UK Quayside Punting Station Magdalene Bridge Cambridge CB5 8AB
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Subject to favorable river conditions. If canceled, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Your ticket is valid for 6 months from the date of purchase
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Wheelchair and stroller ramp available at our Mill Lane punt station CB2 1RS
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Inclusions
  • Sightseeing cruise (shared punting experience)
  • Umbrellas and woollen blankets
  • Hot water bottles (winter time only)
Departure details
  • Cambridge CB2 1RS, UK Chose one of our starting points: Mill Lane Punting Station Mill Lane Cambridge CB2 1RS or
  • Quayside, Cambridge CB5 8AB, UK Quayside Punting Station Magdalene Bridge Cambridge CB5 8AB
Duration
45m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Subject to favorable river conditions. If canceled, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Your ticket is valid for 6 months from the date of purchase
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Wheelchair and stroller ramp available at our Mill Lane punt station CB2 1RS
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Scudamore's Punting Company
    The Backs
    Mathematical Bridge
    King's College Chapel
    Bridge of Sighs
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Popular mentions

4.5
1,423 reviews
Excellent
1,029
Very good
286
Average
45
Poor
23
Terrible
40

jeanmmac
Felixstowe10 contributions
An excellent tour n a busy Saturday afternoon. After checking on line there were not the time slot we wanted but due to the sunshine of the early Spring day a slot was booked in the late morning for our required time. The booking staff were accommodating to our needs and we shared a punt with another family. We had Fernando whose knowledge and commentary were just the treat we needed. Not over heavy but answered all but two of our questions. His handling of the boat was amazing avoiding many an experienced punter and giving us that much needed safety on the river. We soon lost the business and the peacefulness of the punt tour came through. It was a birthday treat for our daughter and contributed to our celebration with a special memory. Thank you Scudamores for despite the busyness we felt one special party by your staff. Slick and worth every enjoy. At just over £25 per person thought it was value for money for the occasion. It could only be bettered by us being available midweek and a quieter slot!
Written March 28, 2022
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Nathalie S
27 contributions
We were visiting Cambridge with my 90 year mother who is in a wheelchair. We chose Scuadmore as their boats seemed more comfortable for mum (proper seats) and although slightly more expensive, they had a quality mark which was important to us due to mum travelling with us. There are 8 steps down to the boats, so to get my mum down there in her wheelchair we needed help lifting her in her wheelchair down the steps. When paying for our slot, we were assured we would get help and we also requested additional cushions for mum. We got help from 3 or 4 young gentlemen and the whole team were very cautious and attentive helping mum get on the boat. We had an amazing and memorable experience. When leaving the boat, yet again we got all the help we needed and the help back up to the road, Thank you so much Scudamore team. You made our day!
Written July 27, 2022
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JnB1309
West Byfleet, UK221 contributions
Friends
We've been meaning to punt on the last few occasions we've been to Cambridge but finally got round to it this time.

We wanted to punt ourselves, rather than go on a guided tour. The 'touts' down by the river are only selling the tours, but we managed to jump online and book a slot for our own punt about 15 minutes later.

After a quick how to (one of our group has punted before) we were off. It's a good way to see all the colleges from a different perspective, and for those of us not doing the work it was nice and relaxing to sit back and enjoy the sights and the sun. It take a a little bit of getting used to (hint - move the pole left in the water to steer left, and right to turn right - takes a bit of practice but makes it a lot easier and less stressful!)
but is definitely something to try whilst in the area.

My only issue was how popular it was and so how many were out on the water (it got noisy and crowded at times, and the ones running the tours take no prisoners), but that's to be expected when you're doing something iconic like this.

Overall, glad we did it, and I might do it again, but during the week and outside of holidays.
Written July 4, 2021
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Jo S
March, UK5 contributions
Friends
After the cock up of times from Chillisauce with our first two activities we were running a hour behind for our punting but called and they was able to push it back an hour. Great! We arrived at the postcode we had been given to be told we were at the wrong station, 25 minute walk to the one we should of been at. We was offered two punts at that first station when we explained what happened but it would cost us £150 per punt! So £300! After a bit of moaning from us they dropped the price but only to £110 each so still £220! So we decided to do the 25minute walk to the station we should be at. Arrived at the station to be told we was at the wrong place again and directed further down the river, after walking for another 10 mins and not finding another punting station we called and discovered we had been misinformed!!! So back we went to the previous station! Once we got there and got on our punts it was great! Our punter Mark was fabulous and full of knowledge! He even entertained wearing some of our parties feather boas while he punted and put up with some of our moans about the disarray of bookings by chilli sauce! He was a professional. Punting was very relaxing, it was a very hot day (29!) and we had walked 8 miles due to Chilli sauce poor organisation/planning so to sit and rest our feet and listen to Mark chat about our surroundings was a blessing!!
Written July 11, 2022
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Daniel187069
Manchester, UK33 contributions
It’s a shame that I’m marking this down , the trip on the river was very enjoyable, however my partner and I paid £35each which we thought was expensive but it was a one off so ok .
Whilst sat in the vicinity of where they tote for trade we listened to 2 tourist firstly offered the trip at the same price as us , us when they said no , the price kept going down to eventually £18.50 each .
Having visited from Manchester I didn’t expect to have to barter for the trip .
One of the young men selling the tickets was quite vocal in how he could pull in trade ,and basically how great he was at getting an over inflated price .
Perhaps the owners of the Scudamore Punt company would like to contact me and refund £33 to my credit card !
Written May 28, 2021
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Florence789UK
Birmingham, UK33 contributions
A professional punt and a beautiful 45 mins. The reason for the three stars is for the moving inflated prices. There were 4 of us and we asked for a price from one of the members of staff on the bridge. He started by saying if we wanted a private trip it would be £275. If we wanted to share a boat with 4 others then it would be £175. When he could see we were shocked at the price (as we’d been about 18 months ago and paid nowhere near this) he then offered £25 each ‘as it was raining’. We said we couldn’t believe the inflated price since last time and he said it was ‘because of covid!’
We asked how has this has affected the punt but he couldn’t answer. We were then offered a price of £20 each. We agreed to this as the couple with us had never been before. We proceeded to have a lovely trip.
This review is simply to warn tourists of charges and avoid getting ripped off.
Enjoy!
Written August 29, 2021
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Ron Y
2 contributions
Family
Very poor experience. Staff was inattentive and unfriendly. We were told to have a private tour before purchasing the tickets. After a long waiting time, we were asked to have a public tour which we didn't aware of what was printed on the tickets. We really felt to be misleaded and requested for a refund. Finally, we got the private tour from another company at the same price. Not recommend this company.
Written August 16, 2022
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TheClanster
Cambridgeshire, UK153 contributions
Ive avoided Scudamores for many years due to their mismanagement of our wedding punting (left half the guests in one location and half in the other, didn’t decorate the punts or provide the champagne that was all agreed an provided!)
The only reason we used them on this occasion was due to the location and our hotel and my visitors.
It was a guided punt, 40-45 minutes, towards the end of the day and not inexpensive.
The guide was far more opinionated that was appropriate and clearly didn’t want to be there. Extracting info on the buildings and bridges was painful. Our visitors first time in Cambridge and this was the welcome?!
This has confirmed that I will never use them again….they are the biggest and clearly still most arrogant punting company in Cambridge. Spend a little time and research to find a smaller but more sincere and authentic company. Ive used many others over the years and they have all been exceptional, Scudamores clearly have not progressed since our wedding debarcle.
Written June 13, 2022
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1freebird2
Los Angeles, CA13 contributions
Staff was inattentive, we waited forever to be seated in a boat (while other who came after us were seated) when questioned why - just received a dismissive shrug. Our guide several times bumped into other boats and was verbally confronting other drivers. Staff was careless and rude. Avoid.
Written July 26, 2022
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Noureen123
54 contributions
Couples
I went to Cambridge last weekend and i thoroughly enjoyed my visit. I went punting with Scudamore's punting Company. There were two of us and we paid £25 each for punting, there was four more other people with us sharing.
The tour was for 45 minutes and our punt Dom was very knowledgeable and spoke about the history of the many buildings and bridges. There was opportunity to ask questions and take pictures/ videos of the different sites. Punting is a great way to see the beautiful city of Cambridge. This was my first time punting along the River Cam and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would highly recommend it. 😊😊
Written September 23, 2020
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Matt H
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Tricky at first, but got the hang of it.
Relaxed and helpful staff. Boats in great condition. Could’ve done with a bit more of an explanation beforehand on
whynotusemyrealname
whynotusemyrealname
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Expensive and unfriendly
Expensive and unfriendly self hire. They don’t help kids select the right size life jacket and they didn’t offer an
Sandra S
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Book online for better rates
For a better price Book your activity online and in advance, look out for peak and off peak different rates. If yo
Tommystartrek
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Organised and friendly.
I had pre booked and turned up with my boarding pass. The staff were polite and friendly and we were shown to our b
MHam_13
MHam_13
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Self Hire Punting
We did a self hire and had a great time! The instructions given to us were great and helped us have a great 90 min
GlitterFoxy
GlitterFoxy
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Fabulous Day 🌞
What a lovely Day - our lovely Guide Bethany was Amazing 😊Wonderful first experience of a trip on the river Cam !
thewho14
thewho14
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Glad we did it
There are a lot of touts around the area looking to send you to the boats but we didnt find any pressure tactics. A
GaryM331
GaryM331
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Enjoyable experience
I’m glad we did this as a family . The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and the sights were fantastic. A g
matt1878kay
matt1878kay
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Punting tour
Don't let the price put you off... Speak to one of the reps first... Lovely leisurely trip down the river with a ve
Passenger812363
Passenger812363
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Great fun
Well run organised staff. Very clean. Would recommend. Just watch out for the kids jumping off bridges.
Jb1470
Jb1470
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Great as always
Great trip down the Cam. Worth the cost and no matter how many times you do it, you will see something or hear a bi
Kate W
Kate W
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Thank you Julian
Great to do on a city break and Julian was wonderful. Knowledgeable and lots of stories to tell. Ask for him!!!!
hhart2018
hhart2018
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Okay ish
Just a note to people that there is 2 different sites for this activity. Make sure you get the right one as there i
abbo1992
abbo1992
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Excellent day and Safe
The day was wonderful, the staff were polite and the covid measures were perfect. We had one of the larger boats so
garymF4930LW
garymF4930LW
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Awful Punts
Out for a nice relaxing birthday activity. The Cam empty as just post lockdown and we took off late on account of t
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