Grantchester Punt Hire

We're open for bookings.

Punt Hire to Grantchester

We're looking forward to welcoming you back on the upper River Cam.

Please book your self-hire punt here before you visit.

Choose from one of the three timed slots - 1.5 hours punting, 3 hours punting or an all-day hire.

From the 4th July we’re able to offer our usual self-hire single punts once again, which have a capacity of 6 people (5 seated passengers and 1 punter). Most of our customers find these easier to handle than the larger ferry punts, so we will be making single punts available where possible.

Departure point: Scudamore's Boatyard, Granta Place, Mill Lane CB2 1RS.


How to book

- First please choose the date followed by your arrival time.

- The time slot is for your arrival time only. It will take approximately 15 minutes to set you up safely on your boat.

- After you’ve successfully departed your allocated time slot will start and the length will depend on your chosen ticket (1.5 hours, 3 hours, all-day hire). Regardless of the length of your time slot, you'll need to return the boat before the day's closing time.


What to expect from your visit

What to expect from your visit

We need your help to enable us to keep the river Cam open for punting, so we’d be grateful if you could follow the guidance below. More safety and visit information can be found here.

What we ask of you

- Only punt with members of your own household or one additional household - including each household's support bubble.

- Bring your own hand sanitiser (and other PPE if you want to of course).

- Be confidently mobile as we have had to adapt how we hold the boat to get you on and off and are unable to offer you a supporting hand or arm.

- NOT to participate if you / anyone in your household have been infected or displayed any coronavirus symptoms, or have been in contact with anyone that has the virus, within the last 14 days.

- NOT to participate if you / anyone in your household is deemed in the vulnerable categories as defined in the current UK Government advice.

When you arrive

- Please arrive 5 minutes before your time slot. Sadly, if you're more than 15 minutes late, we won’t be able to guarantee you entry. Your entry will then be at the discretion of the Duty Manager, whose decision will be based on visitor numbers and the ability to maintain safe social distancing.

- Have your booking confirmation ready to show the Scudamore’s staff member at the front entrance, preferably on your mobile device, to minimise contact with our staff.

- As part of your check-in you’ll be asked to secure a debit/credit card hire deposit (contactless) and to sign our Conditions of Hire (online signature).

During your visit

- To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing, and government guidance throughout your visit.

- Please look out for our staff and any signs around the site, taking care to follow their guidance.

- Be aware that, as a safety precaution, we are currently unable to provide any customers with personal floatation devices.

- You are encouraged to clean or sanitise your hands immediately before and after hire. Hand sanitiser will be available on site for the use of any customers who don’t have their own.

- Please do your best to return your punt on time to prevent delays to other customers ready to start their time slots.

Do I need to pre-book?

Do I need to pre-book?

Yes. We’ve introduced an advanced booking system for our self-hire punts. This system requires all customers to book a specified time slot to help us manage visitor numbers and maintain safe social distancing.

If you don't book before you arrive, you’ll be asked to do so via our website or over the phone with our bookings team before were able to let you onto our premises. Sadly, if you don't book,we will be unable to let you hire a punt.

Can I book a kayak or a canoe?

We’re allowing punt only reservations.

Our kayaks and canoes are not available as a safety precaution due to the nature of the reusable buoyancy and flotation aids.

To book please select one of the options below:

1. Select length of hire:

1.5 hours hire

3 hours hire

All day hire

Out for a quick river trip? Then the 90-minute option would be a great value.

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2. Select pricing:

90 mins

1.5 Hours - Grantchester Self-Hire Punt Offer Quantity
Kiosk £49.50 per boat Online £44.50 per boat

90 mins

Save with our concession rates.

1.5 Hours - Grantchester Self-Hire Punt Offer - Concession Quantity
Kiosk £39.00 per boat Online £35.00 per boat

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Find Out More

We're open: for private tours along the College Backs and self-hire rentals towards Grantchester.

More information on how to book can be found here:

Please email us at or call us on 01223 359 750 for any further information or help.

Email or Call Us: 01223 359750

Today’s opening times: 10:00 – 20:00, last tour departs 19:00