College Backs Punt Hire Cambridge - Scudamore's Punting Cambridge

College Backs Punt Hire

Punt Hire on the College Backs

To seek a dream?

Just to pole a boat upstream

To where the green grass is more verdant   

From Farewell Again, Cambridge (Xu Xhimo)

If you're looking to have your very own Cambridge adventure on the river then hiring one of our rental punts is just the thing! Take out a self-hire punt and head along the College Backs for a sense of grandeur. For sights that once inspired the poets Lord Tennyson and Xu Zhimo and many more.


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1. Select length of hire:

90 minute hire
from £42.50

3 hour hire
from £76.50

Do you want to experience the best sights of Cambridge and have a go at punting? The 90 minutes College Backs punt rental is a great way to navigate Cambridge's heritage.


- See the Mathematical Bridge
- Pass by the world famous King's College Chapel
- Admire the Wren Library
- Punt under the Bridge of Sighs
- Go under the “Cam Bridge” at Magdalene College

Know before you buy  

Getting here  

Select pricing - per 6 person punt:

Punt age requirements:

- To hire a punt you need to be aged 16 years or older
- There is no minimum age to sit in a punt
- One adult aged 18 years or older is required if the punt will seat people aged under 16 years old
- You are renting a whole punt. A punt can seat up to 6 people. 5 people seated and 1 person from your group punting.

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Have a question?

Do I need to pre-book?

We would recommend booking in advance, this way you won't miss your chance to go punting and book yourself a guaranteed entry. On the day kiosk prices vary from pre-booked online prices. If you're looking to book more than 3 boats please contact our Bookings Team on 01223 359750 or at

What if I just turn up?

If you haven't booked before you arrive we strongly advise you to do so on the day through our website. This guarantees you a time slot and a cheaper rate. For those who are unable to pre-book, we may have walk-up availability at the kiosk at our standard rates.

Can I change my booking time?

Yes. The time and date of your booking can be changed up to 1 hour in advance. Just follow the unique link in your e-booking confirmation where you can select a new date and time.

How many people can go in a punt?

All of our self-hire punts are limited to 6 people (5 passengers + 1 punter). Babies and toddlers count towards the total number of passengers.

What should I wear?

We suggest that you wear something you don’t mind getting a little wet. Remember to dress appropriately for the weather. If there's a chance of rain, don't forget to bring a raincoat or umbrella. You need to make sure you have the correct footwear, that is non-slip, stable, can’t fall off easily and offers protection to your toes and heel. Please do not punt in bare feet or wear sandals, flip-flops, slip-on, leather-soled or high-heeled shoes

Do you offer life jackets?

Personal buoyancy aids for swimmers or life jackets for non-swimmers are available on request before your hire.

Are dogs allowed?

Yes, we are decidedly dog-friendly, so feel free to bring along your four-legged friends! In our experience, dogs love a day out on (and sometimes in) the river every bit as much as their owners.

Can I book a kayak or a canoe?

Our kayaks and canoes are not available along the College Backs. They are available to book towards Grantchester from our Boatyard punt station.

What is a concession?

We offer preferential rates for groups such as students, seniors and much more. You can see the full list here

Any other questions?

Phone: 01223 359750

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Email or Call Us: 01223 359750