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about scholars punting

where did we come from? what makes us tick?

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About Scholars Punting Cambridge

Scholars Punting Cambridge present high-quality river tours by assuring that our staff are well-trained and polite to passengers. A major part of our mission statement is that punting is for fun, not just for work, and as a result we have a great group of enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides keen to take you on a trip down the Cam to experience the rich and varied histories and traditions of Cambridge. We have great boats and fantastic staff.

A couple punting with Scholars Punting Cambridge

Punting tour in Cambridge is Great for Couples

A short history of Scholars Punting Cambridge

Our founder, Ashley, discovered his love for punting all the way back in 2001 when he was hiring punts with his friends. In 2007 he realised this was his calling! Since those humble beginnings, we have become adept at navigating all manner of waterways, from fens to rivers and canals to bogs. However, our favourite service will always be the historic punting tours of the Cambridge college backs.

Here at Scholars Punting Cambridge, our goal is to provide the best, most informative and entertaining experience of the Cam.

Types of tour we offer

We offer a wide variety of Cambridge punting deals, ranging from our shared punting tours and Punt and Dine (or even Punt and WINE!) options to private punting tours, which include corporate events and school groups.

We have tours dedicated for special occasions, for example:

romantic tour, anniversary tour, school group punting trip, corporate tourmarriage proposal punting tour, hen party puntingMother’s day puntingFather’s day punting tour.

We can also cater for extra special Pop-Up Wedding Punting!

You can check out our whole range by clicking on the ‘tours’ tab at the top of this page.

When we are open for punting

Punting in Cambridge offers magnificent views, many of which are exclusive to river users, and as the year progresses. The mood naturally alters with the changing light, from the jubilant colours of spring and summer to the solemn majesty of the historic buildings in the winter sun. As such, we love punting in Cambridge all year round. So why not join us in the summer for some champagne on ice as you cruise down the river, or come get cosy in the winter with nice soft blankets and hot water bottles!

Our usual opening times are 10am-5pm, but we are happy to take out-of-hours tours, all you have to do is drop us an email.

Our Boats

As we want to provide the best tours, we insist on using nothing but the highest quality traditional Cambridge punts. All our boats are hand-built with meticulous care and attention to detail, using nothing but the highest quality materials from our sister company, the Cambridge Punt Builders, whose dedicated staff and well-equipped workshop mean we can ensure our punts are perfectly maintained.

Where do our tours depart from?

We launch our boats from our landing stage at 35 Beaufort Place, Thompson’s Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8AG.

If you’re worried about finding us or even getting into the boats, you can have a look at our accessibility statement which provides information on transport links as well as physical requirements for disabled passengers.


Our exciting tours

Picnic Punting Tours

A wonderful time

Group tours

A wonderful time

Schools and Nursery

Punting in Cambridge is an excity treat for both pupils and staff. The history is fun and educational

Hen Party

A wonderful time

Corporate Punting on the River Cam

Punting is a great way to impress your clients with an unusual meeting venue, equally it can be a nice way to entertain staff after work

Shared Tours

often the most cost effective. The boat is currently divided into rows of three seats with a social distancing screen. Its best to book in advance because you can save around 35%.

Romantic Evening Punt Tour

The Romantic Punt Tour can be for a first date, or a long married couple. Its an ideal way to share a romantic expirience with your loved one

Private Punting Tour in Cambridge

With our private tours we offer you the luxury of a whole boat to yourself. Romance, business, birthday or wedding. Whatever the occasion, let Scholars Punting Cambridge make the occasion special

Proposal Tour

Punting in Cambridge is a very romantic way to propose to your loved one, have a read and see how we make it extra special

Mother’s Day

A punt trip on the Cam is a great activity to spend with you dear old mum

Scholars Punting Co.

We pride ourselves on a warm, friendly service, offering chauffeured punting tours to meet individual needs and requirements. We offer excellent Cambridge punting deals on shared or private tours of the famous 'Backs' - the historic University of Cambridge colleges that align the river

All our punts are equipped with raised seating, warm blankets and umbrellas, so rest assured you'll be comfortable come rain or shine. We also offer tours in a number of languages, so please let us know your preference and we'll make every effort to ensure your tour is extra special.

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