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Scudamore's Punting, Cambridge

Cambridge is named after its river, a clear indication of the central role this waterway has played in the history of this ancient university city. The most famous stretch of the River Cam is known as the College Backs and runs from Queens' College to Magdalene College. Set amongst spacious lawns and intimate gardens are some of Cambridge's most renowned sights, including the Mathematical Bridge, King's College Chapel, the Wren Library and the Bridge of Sighs. 

This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful stretches of river in England and there is no better way to experience it than from one of our chauffeured punts, with one of our knowledgeable guides providing a tour which combines an historical perspective with insights into university life today.

Opening hours

We are open daily throughout the year, except December 25th, from 10:00 until dusk, conditions permitting. We run regular public tours of the College Backs each day. Because of the popularity of these tours reserving places in advance is recommended.

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Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CambridgeCB2 1RS, United Kingdom

Tour details

The College Tour is approximately 45 minutes, starting and finishing at our Mill Lane station. The tours punts hold up to 12 passengers and come equipped with blankets and umbrellas. Please note that all reservation are for public tours.

Arrival information

Please check in at the Mill Lane punt station to claim a seats on the next departing tour.

To enable a prompt check-in, please bring a print-out of the reservation confirmation.

How to find us


Scudamore's Punting Company, Mill Lane Punting Station, Cambridge CB2 1RS.

Location description

Our Mill Lane punt station is in the southwestern area of the city centre, only a 5-minute walk from King's College, the Market Square and the Tourist Information Centre. 

Travelling to Cambridge

By rail: Cambridge is an hour by rail from London or Peterborough. Buses run every few minutes from Cambridge Station into the centre of Cambridge and our Mill Lane station is about a 5-minute walk from the bus stop next to John Lewis. Taxis are also available at Cambridge station.

By coach: Regular coach services run from central London and the various London airports. The Parkside coach stands are only a 5-minute walk from Cambridge city centre and 10 minutes from our Mill Lane punt station.


Valerie B | 09/08/2015

A very enjoyable trip on the river Cam. Good value for money. Interesting and informative punter.

Lorraine M | 03/07/2015

Our punter Levi? (10:05 am punt on 2/7/15) was great. Knowledgeable and fun!

Tracy G | 08/09/2014

Really enjoyed this trip and the information provided by our guide.

Yahong Q | 01/04/2014

We arrived earlier than our booked time for 12:00pm, but we were happy to know that we could go for punting next run at 10:30am. It has been a very memorable experience.

Patricia R | 12/10/2012

Really funny experience and if you book online it's a bit cheaper than buying insite. During the boat ride the tour guide will tell you about the history of the places with some funny stories!

Peter S | 11/09/2012

Very enjoyable, with a very well informed young gentleman punting! Enjoyed it more than ride in a gondola in Venice!

philomena p | 14/08/2012

unfortunately it was raining, but still enjoyable. the poor young man who took us out was very wet but this did not deter him from giving us an informative enjoyable trip

shelagh c | 09/08/2012

We enjoyed our punting experience very much - and appreciated the flexibility of being able to start from either location and that we were able to turn up and go earlier than the time we had booked.

adrian f | 10/07/2011

very knowledgeable guide and well organised.

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