College Backs Punting Tours - Scudamore's Punting Cambridge

Shared Cambridge Punt Tours

College Backs Punting Tour

The green tape grass rooted in the soft mud
Sways leisurely in the water;
I am willing to be such a waterweed
In the gentle flow of the River Cam.

From Second Farewell to Cambridge (Xu Zhi Mo)

The 1.6 km (1 mile) section of the Cam known as the College Backs is one of the loveliest stretches of river in England. Set amidst spacious lawns and intimate gardens are some of Cambridge's finest buildings, including King's College Chapel, the Bridge of Sighs and the Wren Library.

Our award-winning shared College Backs tour offers the perfect introduction to Cambridge. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular, world-famous views, whilst your expert river tour guide brings the city’s fascinating story to life. Our guides are at your service come rain or shine, so why not pay us a visit to experience Cambridge’s most popular tour?

We run regular scheduled 45-minute shared punting tours every day, conditions permitting. These can be joined on a walk-up basis at any time with an online Peak Ticket or before 12 noon with an online Off-peak Ticket.

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1. Select type of shared tour:

Shared Cambridge Punt Tours
from £59

Family Shared Punt Tours
from £50

Visiting Cambridge? Make some time to go punting, choosing from our peak, off-peak and super-off-peak options. Avoid the crowds and benefit from cheaper rates on one of our shared tours.


- 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

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Have a question?

How long is the tour?

Our award-winning tour is 45 minutes long. Your tour will finish at the same place you started from.

Where do I need to go for my booking?

Your booking confirmation will state your departure point. It will be one of our two punting stations in the city: Mill Lane or Quayside.

Can I move or reschedule my ticket?

Yes, just follow the link in your email booking confirmation. You can easily rearrange your trip without paying an exchange fee up to 1 hour before departure. You’ll only pay the difference in ticket price, where applicable.

What if the weather changes on the day?

All of our tours run as normal unless the river conditions are dangerous and we have to stop operating. We recommend bringing an umbrella in case the weather changes. For safety reasons, we're currently not providing our standard umbrellas and blankets.

How many people can each boat hold?

To observe social distancing we've limited our punts to 10 people each, split into 4 socially-distanced, distinct rows. Three rows of 3 people and a row with a single passanger seat. If you're looking to have a group larger than 6 you can book a private punt tour.

Can I punt with members from a different household?

Yes. You can punt with your own household or one other household - including each household's respective bubble. Each household can be made up of 3 people maximum.

Any other questions?

If you have any other queries or special requests please do get in touch.
Phone: 01223 359750

Email or Call Us: 01223 359750