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Cambridge: Guided Punting Tour

1. Cambridge: Guided Punting Tour

This punting tour covers the entire length of the River Cam, along which the colleges of Cambridge University are located. Soak up more than 800 years of history as you take in the historic sights. Relax in comfortable seats that feature traditional cushions and blankets. Enjoy interesting historic commentary from your punter, along with some amusing Cambridge punting stories. The 7 colleges featured on the tour boast some of the most illustrious and influential alumni to have graduated from Cambridge. Hear tales of student life, academic and social, from Isaac Newton to Prince Charles.

Cambridge: University Walking Tour and Punting Cruise

2. Cambridge: University Walking Tour and Punting Cruise

A Cambridge University graduate guide will take you on an enthralling journey through time as you recount the colorful story of Cambridge and its famous university. Receive a wonderful insight into student life.  On this walking tour, see where famous alumni studied including Prince Charles, Sir Isaac Newton, and Stephen Hawking. Visit famous chapels and libraries, listen to anecdotes and see where the structure of D.N.A was discovered all while taking in views of famous architecture with over 800 years of history. Discover Trinity Hall College, Trinity College, Corpus Christi College, Pembroke College, Queens’ College, King’s College, Clare College, The Senate House, Gonville, and Caius College, St Catherine’s College, Great St Mary’s Church, The Eagle Pub, Corpus Christi College, The Round Church and more. Your punting tour will begin 30 minutes after your walking tour and will include an experienced local guide who will explain the famous history of 8 colleges and 9 bridges along the River Cam. You are welcome to bring refreshments on board and will be welcomed to a free punting lesson during your tour.

Cambridge Guided Punt: 45-Minute Shared Tour

3. Cambridge Guided Punt: 45-Minute Shared Tour

This 45-minute College Backs tour offers the ideal introduction to Cambridge’s long and eventful history. Discover how the city has evolved from medieval market town to world-class center for education whilst enjoying spectacular views from the river. This tour is the best way to showcase Cambridge. Your guide will have a passion for history and a talent for sharing that with you. From the Gothic splendor of King’s College Chapel to the classical elegance of the Wren Library, your guide will ensure that you don’t miss a thing.  The guides are at your service come rain or shine, so come and experience Cambridge’s most popular tour.

Cambridge: Guided River Punting Tour

4. Cambridge: Guided River Punting Tour

Begin at our boat station opposite Magdlene College Fellows Gardens where your guide will begin telling you a little of the history of the town and how the University was founded. You will see many magnificent college buildings and the stunning bridges across the river. The guide will give you a historical description of the buildings and sights that you pass, with some amusing anecdotes about past Alumni and fabled stories along the way. You may ask questions and the guide will be happy to answer... The guide will turn the boat at Queen's college where the stretch of the River Cam known as "The Backs" comes to an end, on your return journey soak up the views and hear more stories about the town and University. Fisnish your tour 50 mins later back at our boat station where our staff will assist you disembarking.

Cambridge: Chauffeured Punting Tour

5. Cambridge: Chauffeured Punting Tour

Upon arrival at the supplier's check in at the La Mimosa Landing Stage (CB5 8AQ), you will be greeted and booked on to the next available departing tour. Tours depart regularly throughout the day and hold up to 12 passengers. The tour lasts for 45-50 minutes and you will travel along the River Cam in Cambridge. During the trip you will pass by 7 riverside colleges: Kings, Queens, St Johns, Trinity, Trinity Hall, and Clare. Sights along the way include Kings College Chapel, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Wren Library. During the tour, your chauffuer will provide an interesting and informative historical commentary and answer any questions you may have.

Cambridge: 2-Hour Private University Walking Tour

6. Cambridge: 2-Hour Private University Walking Tour

Your tour starts in the city center where you'll be given a brief timeline of all the interesting and peculiar things and events that make Cambridge University famous. Moving forward, cover Cambridge’s key sights such as its oldest church, and best-known laboratory, which hosted world-renowned scientists. You will taken to the best photo spots to capture landmarks including King’s College Chapel, the Mathematical Bridge, and Trinity College. Hear from your student guide as they highlight the local color and share little-known secrets such as what Henry VIII is holding above the gate of Trinity College and what special privileges the fellows of St. John’s share with the Royal Family. For a truly tailored experience, customize your tour to your preferences. From specific start and end times to special topics of interest. This tour can provide a closer focus on the University’s academic history, scientific achievements, or on outstanding women at Cambridge.

From Brighton: Full Day Cambridge Tour

7. From Brighton: Full Day Cambridge Tour

Depart from Brighton and set off on a student-friendly full-day tour to Cambridge. Arrive in the city center and embark on a 1-hour guided walking tour which will help you orientate yourself in the historic cobbled streets. During the tour, admire some of the finest university buildings plus many of the famous museums and churches in the city. See the River Cam and witness people punting along the river. Also take a look at other sights including the graduation building called Senate House and, on Saturdays, a bustling outdoor market. After the walking tour, enjoy between 3 and 4 hours of free time to spend as you wish. Sit down for a tasty lunch at one of the many local cafes or restaurants or simply go shopping for souvenirs and gifts. Pop into The Eagle pub where the DNA code was announced. Go inside some of the University Colleges and admire the interior architecture and famous courtyards (entrance costs may apply. Alternatively, take the opportunity to visit one of the many free museums including the spectacular Fitzwilliam Museum. For a real local experience, try your hand at punting along the River Cam. At the end of the tour, board the bus and return back to Brighton where your memorable day trip finishes.

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What people are saying about River Cam

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 887 reviews

We both enjoyed our walking tour of Cambridge on Saturday 7 May 2022. Our guide was friendly and informative and the tour was very interesting. She pointed our many things which we would have ordinarily have missed. The punt along the Cam was also a worthwhile trip with our guide providing us with lots of stories and interesting facts.

This walking tour was FABULOUS! Our guide, Sybelle, was so knowledgeable, welcoming and helpful! We toured this campus as a potential student for our daughter and the one-on-one interaction really helped her be able to ask so many more questions than if we were in a group setting. Highly recommend!!

We had a lovely time on the boat with my boyfriend. The scenery was amazing. The weather couldn’t of been any better. The punter was incredibly friendly & sociable. Thank you for an amazing experience. Won’t that we will truly NEVER forget!! ❤️

Beautiful river and Nick our guide was very chatty, pleasant and knowledgable. Very relaxed and informative afternoon

Sol who was manning the punt was very friendly and gave a very good guided tour.