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 time of week:

Monday to Friday

Saturday and Sunday

WEEKDAY TICKETS CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE. To purchase please do so at our kiosks directly on the day.

Visit Cambridge on a weekday to avoid the weekend 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
- Marvel at Clare College Gardens
- Admire the Wren Library
- Punt under the Bridge of Sighs

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Getting here  

2. Select weekday peak or off-peak arrival:

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 to redeem my ticket?

You can use your ticket at one of our two punting stations: Mill Lane or Quayside.

Can I use my off-peak ticket after 12 noon?

If you wish to use your off-peak ticket at our peak times after 12 noon, you can pay the difference and upgrade it directly at our stations.

Can I use my peak ticket before 12 noon at off-peak times?

Yes. Your peak tickets are valid for off-peak times.

What if the weather changes on the day?

All of our tours are going as normal unless the river conditions are dangerous and we have to stop operating. We recommend bringing an umbrella in case the weather changes. Due to 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 9 people each, split into 3 rows of 3 people each. If you're looking to have a group larger than 9 please contact our Bookings Team on 01223 359750 or at

Any other questions?

Phone: 01223 359750

Reopening on Saturday, December 5th, in line with Government advice.

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Email or Call Us: 01223 359750