Being a traditional flat bottomed boat having a square cut bow, a punt is designed for the usage in shallow water. Punting is the use of punts to tour around the amazing Cambridge University. What is more exciting is much of the route is only accessible by river. If you are a tourist who loves to explore Cambridge, we can help you choose the right punt tour for you, based on price, time, season and location. We assure you to provide an experience that could be cherished as a red lettered memory for an entire lifetime.

What is punting?

Punting is the act of propelling the punt in the traditional fashion using a pole or Quant by a person, generally called a Punter, from a platform at the stern. Seating for the passengers is arranged in the middle of the boat. There are generally cozy cushions and blankets to keep you comfortable. A punt is often confused with a gondola in Venice, which is a shallow draft vessel that is structurally different, and is also propelled by an oar rather than a pole.

The History of Punting

Cambridge punting, now popular among tourists as a unique way to explore Cambridge, was originally used as a mode of transport. Earlier, it was used to transport goods around the shallow boggy sites which surrounded Cambridge. Leisure punts were first introduced in the U.K in the mid-1800’s and overall has grown in popularity since then. Sometimes used as vehicles to move goods commercially, the industrial revolution has confined it simply to a popular hobby in modern times.

The Punt boat explained

The flat-bottomed craft is not unique to Cambridge, but the city certainly marks some of the most famous punting worldwide. The boat itself is known as a punt and its drive as punting. It is a Latin term meaning “to push” because the technique used to propel the craft is to push it off the bottom of the river with a long pole (proper term: quant). Though the Venetian Gondolas which use an oar seem similar to this, it uses a different technique. Unlike Venice, the bottom of the River Cam has more gravel than mud which produces a striking voice as the pole touches the bottom of the river.

Popular cambridge punting tours

Once mastered, the technique allows a person to move a heavy load on a boat with relatively less energy expenditure and it is for this reason that merchants and farmers in ancient Cambridge used the punts to transport goods. A few sights along The River Cam proves this statement to be right including the river level doors at St John’s College and the steps on the old docks, now known as Quayside.

How to Punt?

The first thing you need to do to move a punt is turn your feet to the right hand side of the punt and keep the pole on the right hand side. When you want to go straight, pick the pole completely out of the water and slide through your hands until it hits the bottom of the river bed, if the rocketing line is where the back of your foot is. When you need to move your punt straight, walk your hands to the top of the pole, and try to keep the pole in line at the side of the punt.

When you want to steer the boat, keep the pole just under the surface of the water and you can use it like a rudder. If you want to go right, swing the pole under the water to the right hand side. If you want to go left, swing the pole to the left hand side. If you need to turn around sharper or need to turn around completely, take the pole from the water, place it away from the boat and push it away from the boat until the boat spins around. To slow down the boat or bring it to a complete stop, one of the easiest ways is to pick the pole out of the water, place it in front of you along the side of the boat and apply your weight, then the boat stops.

Advanced Punting Techniques

While traveling through higher flow, you need to adjust your maneuvers such that the punt is being directed relative to the moving water, and not to the still riverbed. In this case, if you travel at the same speed as the river, you’ll no longer have control on your boat. You gain control either by moving up or downstream relative to the flow.
Also be cautious when you observe a difference in water texture because it may be the Eddies which are caused due to the presence of fixed obstacles. Eddie’s may cause the water to flow either in a different rate or in opposite direction depending on the object present.
Though the theory is just simple physics, driving a punt is much more difficult than it might appear. So if you dream of learning to punt, book our chauffeured punts, so that a professional could teach you the lessons in an effective way.

Different options for punting

We provide you with 3 different options. You can either Drive yourself or take a shared tour or a private tour, where a chauffeur would accompany. If you are adventurous and love challenges, choose the self-drive. If you prefer to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cambridge, then depending on your budget pick a private or shared tour. Self drive punts are smaller than the tour punts, so you’re limited to 5 passengers.

Private and shared tours

This gives a chance to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cambridge in peace. Generally, private tours are more expensive. But if you are interested in sites, this might be the best option because:

  • The chauffeur would give a historic commentary.
  • The experienced chauffeur would cover the distance within time.

When punting on the River Cam in Cambridge, you can choose between taking a chauffeured tour with a driver and self-driving the boat. Here is a brief description of different options for punting in Cambridge.

Self-drive

Self drive would be cheaper if you know punting and you are a team of more than 2. The boats are narrower and faster if driven properly, however, despite looking easy, punting is an acquired skill. So you may not be able to direct the punt easily. And extra charges would be hired for extra time taken.

Chauffeured Tours

History of Punting in Cambridge

Chauffeured punt tours are strictly of the larger 12-seater boats which are more stable, making them safer than the smaller self-drive boats. The chauffeurs would give you detailed information about every landmark and also ensure that every destination is covered on time.

We provide more packages in Chauffeured Punting

  1. Shared Punting Tour (1-3 People) : Book a flexible ticket(s) and join the other passengers on a 9 persons’ chauffeured punt.
  2. Shared Punting Tour (4-6 People) : This is also a 9 passenger’s punt, where you could book your tickets join your co-passengers
  3. Private Punting Tour : A chauffeur would take you to locations you need for 50 minutes
  4. Cambridge Hen Party Tour : Ladies can have a hen party in the Cambridge River with all the food and alcohol you bring on board.
  5. Punting for Large Groups : Catering up to 100 passengers is possible at a time. A group with more than 24 passengers can avail for a discount
  6. Evening Punting Tour : Illuminated college buildings can be seen if the punting gets started at dusk
  7. Punting on Special occasions : Celebrate your special occasions at Cambridge, the hotspot for celebrations.

Punting Prices

With varying scenarios and occasions, Tyrrell’s Punting company has a great deal of offers awaiting you.

Private punting tour charges with your chauffeur can range from £110 – £140. And shared punting tours with booking for 4-6 people along with chauffeur a can range from £65 – £90. Evening punting tours which range from £100 – £140 are also available.

The services we provide you assure an unparalleled experience with a perfect value for money and time. If you are looking for a most economical punting experience, choose our shared punting.

Punting Tours Weekdays Weekends
Shared Punting Tour £35 (Up to 2 people (own seat))

£40 (3 people (own seat))

£65 (Up to 6 people (Half boat))

Tuesday to Friday (Excluding Bank Holidays)

£50 (Up to 2 people (own seat))

£55 (3 people (own seat))

£90 (Up to 6 people (Half boat))

Weekends, Monday & Bank Holidays

Private Punting Tour £110 £140
Cambridge Hen Party Tour £100 £140
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Evening Punting Tour £100 £140
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Tips on how to save money punting

Buying online

This is almost always the cheapest option. With zero chances of haggling, most companies provide their most competitive deal online. Also, Voucher codes are often found in Google searches.

Shop around

Whether you are buying in person or over the internet, don’t buy your tickets from the first company you come to. Most often the popular ones may be charging high compared to the others. So have a comparison on the prices and the ratings of the companies before booking your tickets.

Buying in person

Punt tours are sold by salespeople called touts who are punting brokers. Only a shrewd negotiator will get the best price from them. Cheaper rates are available for a group of 4 or more.

Larger companies need to be avoided as they set higher targets. Smaller companies don’t do this, yet. It’s better to reject discount vouchers. This helps touts with a better deal to approach you.

During the peak time, the companies come to full capacity, hence negotiation on price is nil at this time. Try to avoid 14:00-16:00 to get the best rate. Evening rides are the most expensive. The cheapest times are 10:00-12:00 and 16:30-17:30.

What is the best time to go punting?

Seasons

The fact is you can punt at any time of the year in Cambridge. The only time which gives a halt to it is during a heavy rain or lightning, which occurs very rarely. Here is a brief description of the sights you happen to watch during different seasons of the year. Each season gives a different perspective to the trip.

Spring

Daffodils and cherry blossoms line the river banks. Warmer temperatures, clear skies and sunshine await you. The river would be a little busier but you can still relax and enjoy floating in the river.

Summer

This is the most popular season to go punting. On a sunny day, it is busy like hell, that there might be heavy congestion, boat crashing and people falling in. Though not relaxing, it’s exciting and fun to watch even from the bank. Gardens with a wide variety of blossomed ravishing flowers give an aesthetic appeal to the Cambridge College.

Autumn

Trees shed their leaves and River Cam will be flanked by trees, leaves, and other vegetation drenched in autumn colours. This adds up to spectacular scenery.

Winter

During the winter, punting in snow is both challenging and fun. The prices will be a lot cheaper during winters and you can enjoy a great deal of peace and calmness with lesser chaos, you almost own a whole river. Punting in the fallen snow is a unique experience.

What time of day?

The time you choose for punting has an effect on your tour. Irrespective of the weather, Weekends and bank holidays are the busiest. Going midweek will give you more of a relaxed experience. To experience the river at its quietest go as early or as late as possible, with 12 pm to 4 pm being the busiest.

Morning

Sunrise is the quietest and best for photography sessions .Even though it’s cold, it’s an effective way to avoid the hot summer sun.

Middle of the day

Irrespective of the heavy traffic and congestion, most people choose 12pm to 4pm as it’s the least cold time and gives a guarantee on the weather.

Evening

This is the best time to punt. Even during summer, the river is the most secluded in the evening, which is beneficial for sightseeing. The sun sets in the trees behind the college grounds and the lit college campus is an eye catching view.

Exactly where to go punting in Cambridge

Punting in Cambridge

The punting from Cambridge to Grantchester is considered to be the most desirable route with spectacular serenity. It is quite famous for its calm and enchanted meadows, trees, villages, and pubs. Punting to Grantchester is a unique experience, with plush greenery and serene nature on either side of the river. Grantchester is situated 2 miles south of Cambridge. Plenty of scenic beauty and architectural excellences awaits you on your way. Some of them are the Bridge of Sighs, King College Chapel and Mathematical Bridge. Each of them is historical remarks over decades.
After punting past the college backs and Newnham, we move past the enchanted Grantchester meadows where you can see cattle grazing peacefully among the lush green lands, and finally reach the famous Grantchester Village. This popular retreat, lying some 4km (2.5 miles) to the south of Cambridge, with historical monuments and thatched cottages, was once the beloved home of the First World War poet, Rupert Brooke. The ‘upriver resort’ is a hub for punters who take a tea at the Orchard and relax on the meadows.

Punting in Oxford

The punting start at the Cherwell Boathouse and meander by the playing fields of the Dragon School, gliding gently through the University Parks past Lady Margaret Hall, and continuing a relaxing exploration downstream, eventually arrive at the bathing site for Oxford Dons, Parson’s Pleasure, where the punt turn round and wend its way lazily back.

Traditions of punting in Oxford and Cambridge are different: Punters in Cambridge stand on the till and the open end of the punt would be facing forward, while in Oxford they stand inside the boat and punt with the till forward.

What to take with you?

Although, the traditional punt clothing is a blazer, which isn’t particularly sporty, wearing a seasonal cloth would be more comfortable. Punting in River Cam is a relaxing trip to enjoy the aesthetics of Cambridge. Just bring a bottle of your favorite drink to enjoy on your trip. During winters, bringing a blanket to keep you cozy is recommended.

One of the most sought-after excursions by tourists and residents alike in London is “punting”. It is one of the foremost outdoor activities popular in the nation. It is one of the most common bucket list goals for many globetrotters. And out of the several punting destinations in the UK, the punting from Cambridge to Grantchester is one of the most desirable routes. It is quite famous for its calm and enchanted meadows, trees, villages, and pubs.

The Punting Chronicles

In medieval times punting was regularly used to transport goods and merchandise to be sold in the market. It was also regularly used to hunt waterfowls and fishing.

From Trading to Touring

Pleasure punting in the UK was formally introduced in 1860 and the demand increased exceptionally at the beginning of the 20th century. This flat bottomed wooden craft known as the “punt”(boat) is typically propelled by pushing against the river bed with a wooden pole which is also known as punt pole. Nowadays the punt poles are also made using aluminum.

Present-day punting

Among several other locations, Cambridge has become a well-liked punting spot. River Cam flows through the heart of Cambridge and is famed for its attractive and vintage college buildings. These are some of the most beautiful places in London. Apart from that, the riverside has several other picturesque locations and bridges which makes Cambridge punting a must-try experience.

Hiring punters

The conventional way of rowing a punt is by standing at the top of the wooden deck which is also known as the “till” and pushing against the riverbed. It’s a bit of hard labor and you need to get used to it since maneuvering in unknown territories can be a tad bit challenging. You can either hire a professional punter who is highly skilled and familiar with the passages or you can punt yourself through the river. Hiring a punter also allows you to know about the various fables and legends related to the land.

The safety aspect

Punting is an extremely safe activity. The boats are strong, stable, and perfectly built. And the punters who navigate the boat are adept in what they do and are trained professionals. It is relatively safe even if you are punting yourself because the water is relatively shallow. As an added safety measure life jackets are also provided for those who require them, especially children.

The Scenic Countryside

Punting to Grantchester is unique, as plush greenery and nature flank on either side of the river. Grantchester is a tranquil and serene location situated 2 miles south of Cambridge.

Celebrated sights and landmarks

Some of the most iconic structures seen along the way from Cambridge to Grantchester among several others-

Bridge of sighs

which was said to be loved by Queen Victoria more than any other spot in the city

King College Chapel

This is the oldest building in Cambridge which took over half a century to build.

Mathematical Bridge

This is a historic wooden bridge built entirely by straight timber without any bolt, nails, or screw.

The Grantchester Village

After punting past the college backs and Newnham, we reach the enchanted Grantchester meadows where you can see cattle grazing peacefully among the lush green lands. And then finally to the famed Grantchester village.

Tourist attractions in Grantchester village

Grantchester is a quaint and peaceful countryside. It’s a typical English village with thatched cottages and historic monuments. There are two churches of St Mary and St Andrew from the 12th century. A couple of famous pubs are also opened to tourists to enjoy a pub lunch such as the “Red lion” and “the Green Man”.

If you are a tea lover then definitely a visit to “The Orchard (Tea room)” is highly recommended. You can sit outside the tea room as lots of outdoor seating are available and enjoy the brew.

Best seasons for punting

Be it Summer spring Autumn or winter, punting can be enjoyed all year round. Every season has its significance and there are lots of vibrant colors blooming in nature. Some of the best unforgettable moments can be experienced and clicked.

People also asked

How long does it take?

It takes approximately three hours to complete punting from Cambridge to Grantchester.

How much to spend on punting?

Tyrrell’s Punting offers you different types of deals for different scenarios according to the occasion and number of people.

Private punting tour charges with your chauffeur can range from £110 – £140. And shared punting tours with booking for 4-6 people along with chauffeur a can range from £65 – £90. We also provide evening punting tours which range from £100 – £140.

We are more than happy to help you with any queries so it’s best to drop in a mail or call using the support number.
Our services provide you with an unparalleled experience with an absolute value for money and support.

Punting in Cambridge is the best way to explore the sights and learn all the history and accomplishments that this incredible city proudly holds. The River Cam passes through the heart of Cambridge University’s campus, offering the most unique views of the famous colleges. Most chauffeured Cambridge punting tours start from Magdalene College Gardens and go all the way through St. John’s College, Trinity Hall, Trinity College, Clare College, and finally Kings’ and Queens’ College. Though chauffeured tours are currently on hold due to the nation slowly recovering from lockdown, the weather for the rest of June is set to be marvellous and full of beautiful sunshine because summer is here. There has never been a better time to connect with the best and brightest British roots by renting your own punt for the day. Imagine giving your friends or family members a good laugh as you entertain them with your radical navigation and balancing skills. You do not need to be an expert punter to rent one of these traditional English boats. Here is why it is worth going on a Cambridge punt all by yourself without queuing up with all the other tourists. 

Learn Incredible History

The University of Cambridge was founded in 1209 and is the second-oldest university in the world. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. The birth of this incredible school came about when scholars at Oxford fell out with the local government and townspeople after a woman’s death in the city. They were not on good terms with the king, and the event created an uproar, causing them to migrate to surrounding cities, such as Cambridge. When those scholars moved to Cambridge, the new institution was founded and is known for many Cambridge punting tours for a reason. Sir Isaac Newton, Cambridge’s best-known inventor, and a remarkable scientist and mathematician walked the halls of this university. He invented the reflecting telescope in 1688 and was a fellow of Trinity College, which you can visit on your very own punt. 

Enjoy the Weather

England is getting sunnier by the day because summer is here. The temperatures are set to hit up to 30 degrees Celsius, which is perfect for wearing a pair of shorts to go on a Cambridge punting tour. If you are renting your own punt, bring a picnic basket with tons of snacks and cold drinks for the day. Your loved ones will thank you for those tremendously. 

Beat the Queues

The best part about punting in Cambridge right now is that there are no queues. Instead of booking in advance or standing in line under the scorching sun, you can beat the summer crowds and start Cambridge punting immediately without planning to spend an entire day waiting for your turn.

Punting in Cambridge is one of the most quintessential English past times, and one ride is never enough. There is so much beauty and scenery around this city, and the shallow marshy waters make every corner you turn feel like an enchanting journey. Guided tours usually have a chauffeur to navigate along these waters, but nothing is more exciting than renting your own punt for the day. Now is the best time to see if you are up to the challenge because the weather is fantastic too. Anyone can rent their own private punt without worrying about waiting in queues or sitting close to lots of other people, which makes it the perfect activity as we slowly come out of lockdown. Grab a pole and get ready to go punting in Cambridge like a pro.

Standing on The Punt

This seems very scary at first because the boat can be wobbly, especially since the water is never still. The best thing to do is walk to the end of your punt and stand on deck. You may stumble a little or wobble before your Cambridge punting tour even begins, but there is no need to cling to the edge for dear life because you will adapt to balancing quick enough. It is best to take a wide stance with bent knees, keeping your foot a little closer to your preferred side of punting.

Getting Comfortable on The Punt

Gently rock the punt using your feet to get a strong feeling of its movements and structure. This may seem silly, but it will help your body find the right balance when you are on the deck. Then you will not panic when you feel wobbly at times during some turns.

How to Handle Your Pole?

Firstly, you will have to choose a side to make the punt move. For your first solo Cambridge punting tour, try to use a long pole to propel yourself along the River Cam. You can keep the pole on either side of your rented punt but will probably prefer the right side if you are right-handed and vice versa. When you are done choosing which side to use, then you need to lift the pole out of the water and raise it hand over hand, before placing the bottom of the pole against the outside of the boat and near your foot. Then let the pole drop into the water into the riverbed and past your hands.

The fun part comes when you must bend your knees and move your hands along the top of the pole while holding onto the end of it. To steer, let the pole end trail behind your punt. If you drag your pole to the left or right through the water, it will turn the direction of your punt as well. It is best to use the pole as a boat rudder, by turning it underwater in whichever direction you would like to go. Finally, to turn the boat, you will need to spin it by dropping the pole from your left or right side and pushing it away from your Cambridge punt.

England has been on lockdown due to Covid-19 since March, and the government is now looking forward to lifting some movement restrictions. People will slowly be allowed to leave their homes and venture out to catch the sunny rays that are shining across the country as summer approaches. The best way to bask in all that glorious sunshine is by going on a Cambridge punting tour with a friend or two. Usually, punting in Cambridge is a favourite among international tourists who fly from around the world to visit the famous colleges. However, it is also the most quintessential English pastime that many residents can take advantage of, especially since tourist flights are currently still halted. This will also make social distancing more comfortable because there are no crowds. You can grab a Cambridge punt all to yourself and go for a row or lie back and enjoy the ride without sharing the boat with too many other people. Here are the reasons why every resident should take an afternoon break to go punting in Cambridge as lockdown rules slowly lift in the upcoming weeks. 

Enjoy the Summer Breeze

As the country continues to have incredibly warm and sunny days, it is never a better time to catch some rays to make up for all that lost time during isolation. Grab a comfy t-shirt over a cute pair of shorts and head out for a Cambridge punt down River Cam. Getting enough sunlight is essential to maintain vitamin D levels. Vitamin D helps maintain strong and healthy bones. Trust us when we say that a Cambridge punting tour is way more fun than taking supplements, such as sardines, cod liver oil, or beef liver, to get your natural fix of natural D while taking selfies with sun-kissed drooping trees in the background. 

Enjoy the Gorgeous Scenery

Even though Cambridge is a city, it does not feel like it most of the time, thanks to its vast and picturesque green spaces. It makes it easier to get away from the bustle of the inner city, to catch a breath in a scenic place that helps your mind escape. Grab a camera and go for a quick Cambridge punt. And then sprawl across an open field for a picnic and afternoon nap before exploring the colleges on foot. It sounds like a great way to celebrate coming out of isolation, right?

Enjoy the Soulful History

Are you a history buff who tears up watching movies like Braveheart? This city is full of so much history that makes so many brits proud. You can easily have a drink in the same pub where DNA was discovered or find a similar apple tree that helped discover gravity. When you wander down the streets of Cambridge, you embark on the footsteps of eight hundred years of historical achievements. The city has been around since the Bronze Age, and the first game of football with association rules was played here! Book a Cambridge punting tour and pick your chauffeur’s brains to find out whether The Mathematical Bridge really was built by Sir Isaac Newton or not.

Punting in Cambridge is one of the most exciting activities in the city that is enjoyed by several tourists from around the world and the locals. There are two parts of the city where you can usually rent a Cambridge punt. One of the options is to rent one from The Granta, which is a stretch of river that leads to Grantchester. The most popular choice is to go on a guided Cambridge punting tour or self-punt along the College Backs. This is part of the River Cam right between Newnham Mill Pond and Jesus Green Lock. Here is more information to help you choose where to go for your next ride.

The College Backs

This is the most touristy part of the river because it features the famous university that everybody visits from around the world. The Cambridge University College Backs are a chain of iconic historical buildings that cover a kilometre stretch of water. These buildings have so much history that makes punting in Cambridge so exciting for tourists and locals. You might come across buildings that have been standing since the dawn of time, and your chauffeur can introduce all the colleges to you on a guided tour and offer some interesting titbits to make the trip more memorable and fun.

Imagine relaxing on a wooden Cambridge punt that mimics a gondola as it takes you down the River Cam so you can sense where so many of the world’s most significant accomplishments originated from. On this stretch during your Cambridge punting tour, you can see Queens’ College, which was founded by three queens and King’s College, which was founded in 1441 by Henry VI. Students such as Alan Turing, who cracked the Enigma code, attended King’s College. If that does not impress you enough, nothing else will.

The Granta

This side of Cambridge runs upstream from the weir on Silver Street. After approximately two miles, you can arrive at the Village of Grantchester, which is quainter than it sounds. It is a very scenic place to take a break from your Cambridge punt to grab some deliciously warm tea or visit any of the local pubs for a cold pint. Then the river forks in two up ahead, so you can use this part as a turning point. What makes this side one of the best for punting in Cambridge is that there are very few buildings and you are surrounded by a vast stretch of wooded area and meadows. You can sit back and admire the beautiful natural trees that glow across the river, and then stop for a picnic lunch with loved ones to stretch those legs around the lushest green fields.

Everybody in the United Kingdom is currently still under lockdown due to COVID-19. This means that no matter how gorgeous the hot weather is outside, there are still restrictions on people’s movements and social distancing rules that should not be broken until the government says so. After that, nothing would sound better than a Cambridge punt to breathe in all the scenery and fresh air to make up for all those weeks you spent at home to save lives. Here are a few tips to organize the best Cambridge punting ride when society returns to socializing outside again.

Book A Private Tour for Your Group
Let’s face it, even after coronavirus restrictions are officially lifted by the government later this year, it will still take a while for us all to start feeling close to each other again. In this case, you might not want an overcrowded tour with strangers, especially if you already have a group of your own friends and family to accompany you. It is best to book a private tour for your party, which would only cost the same as a Sunday roast at the pub. This will be significantly cheaper per person to go back in time along the Cambridge Backs on your very own Cambridge punt and chauffeur. Then you can all sit back and enjoy all the sights from one of the most historically rich and famous stretches of water in the world.

Beat the Crowds by Coming Early
When all international borders are open again, Cambridge welcomes millions of tourists from around the world who visit to explore all the renowned colleges. If you are planning to go on a shared Cambridge punting tour, you might want to arrive early morning to secure a spot and beat the queues. Mornings are perfect for punting in Cambridge. Aside from a lack of crowds, there are also fewer boats fighting for space on the River Cam. You can enjoy that crisp morning air while absorbing a great sense of splendour and history as you view the bridges and colleges with private views. The sunlight reflecting across the water and colleges is stunning, and that is why it would be a crime to forget your camera at home.

Bring Something to Eat or Drink
A Cambridge punt can take up to an hour to catch all the magnificent sites, and you are bound to get hungry or thirsty along the ride. Since you get to sit back and relax comfortably on a punt, why not bring some snacks to make the trip extra special? On a private Cambridge punting tour, you can pop open some champagne to celebrate spending time with loved ones. For a fancier adventure, why not pack some fresh strawberries and cream to down with the bubbly?

The weather in England has been full of sunshine and warmth for the past few days, but the
whole world is unfortunately still on lockdown due to the widespread of COVID-19. The British
government has requested that people follow strict distancing measures by staying at home to
contain the disease. However, people can venture out for a daily exercise to remain sane during
the lockdown, and a Cambridge punt is the best way to enjoy the trees blossoming under the
warm sunset that beams its rays across all the buildings.
Cambridge punting is a favourite pastime because it is a relaxing boat ride down the River Cam,
where you can breathe in the beautiful scenery on a sunny day. Since most tourists are not
around due to the coronavirus lockdown, locals can try a Cambridge punt without the hectic
crowds. Punting in Cambridge is one of the best ways to hear all the historical tales about the
famous college backs. The architecture speaks for itself and gives you a different feeling while
rowing past sitting in a punt.

A punting tour is an activity that brings people together with a capacity of approximately 12
people per ride. However, due to COVID-19, it is essential to maintain strict social distancing
rules. Unlike regular year-round tours, you can try private tours with loved ones, if you are not
more than six people to ensure safety. Members of your household who display coronavirus
symptoms should stay at home and avoid punting in Cambridge. Any booked tours can be
rescheduled to a later date so that people may recover from all symptoms before punting.
Everybody should always remember to wash their hands and use sanitizers before and after
boarding a punt.

It is recommended to limit non-essential contact with your chauffeur while punting in
Cambridge. If you need assistance, the chauffeur can offer their shoulder or elbow while getting
on and off the boat. Everybody should attempt to sit with significant gaps in between each
other, and still be close enough to the centre of the punt to avoid tipping over. Private tours will
have plenty of space to spread apart while keeping arms and legs safely inside the punt. To
prevent breaking social distancing rules, every member of your group should be living together.
People are still advised against gathering in large groups or visiting friends and family who are
not part of the same household.

These are troubling times for everyone in the world, and passenger safety is of utmost
importance. Businesses and tourists have been affected by the necessary lockdown measures
and need to remain healthy and resilient during this challenging period. Although punting in
Cambridge is one of the safest activities in the country, being mindful of a few simple social
distancing rules is critical to flattening the curve.

If you have been wanting to take a boat ride in scenic England, nothing beats a punting in Cambridge tour. Cambridge has plenty of history and cultural traditions, and it is one of the most famous cities in the world because of its University. However, what you might not know before booking a Cambridge punt is that the conversations and utterings between people are also famous, even if that is on a smaller scale. Your tour might be a crazy adventure because people say the funniest things. Here are some examples that will make you go, “Wow, that is such a Cambridge thing to say.” 

“Dad! You cannot feed the geese Pimm’s!”

This was overheard on a Cambridge punt by tourists who could not stop laughing while a child begged their dad to avoid feeding the geese some alcohol. Pimm’s is a gin-based spirit that is made with orange and warm spices. Even though this is a delicious drink to have onboard a Cambridge punting tour during winter, it is certainly not meant to be shared with any geese. 

“Punting in Cambridge Is the Poor Man’s Gondola Ride.”

To some, a Cambridge punt may not seem as luxurious as going on holiday to Italy. Although gondola rides are still affordable for many tourists, they were a method of transportation for only the elites and upper-class living in historical Venice. However, it is the journey to Venice from England that also adds on to the overall cost, which is why many wealthy people can take the plunge faster than others. There are no significant differences between both experiences. A gondola ride has the reputation of being a one-of-a-kind romantic experience, but Cambridge punting is catching on too. You can hire a private punt for you and your partner, and ride into the sunset with champagne and strawberries on board. Like a punt, a gondola is also a flat-bottomed wooden boat driven by “Gondoliers” instead of “Chauffeurs.” There is no requirement for a gondolier to sing like they do in the movies. Chauffeurs who transport tourists in Cambridge do not have a uniform and are often students studying at the university. Gondoliers wear striped t-shirts with red, white, or black colours. Punts have a natural wood colour, but gondolas are all painted in black due to a law that goes back to the 16th century. 

“Don’t Worry. Your Moustache Is More Charles De Gaulle Than Adolf Hitler.” 

These were comforting words that were overheard outside Christ’s College. Christ’s College is part of Cambridge University, and you can see it during your punting in Cambridge tour. The college was founded by William Bingham back in 1437 as “God’s House.” Charles Darwin and John Milton were some of the most famous alumni of this college. Sacha Baron Cohen, who plays Borat, studied at Christ’s College too. The college is an essential landmark at the university, which is why one must always keep their moustache in good shape on a Cambridge punting tour. 

“There Is So Much Latin In This City, You Wouldn’t Even Think You Are in England Anymore.” 

The city of Cambridge has a lot of fascinating history, and that is why many tourists flock here to explore the University and all its glory. However, some people might struggle to go back to history. Latin was initially used by ancient Romans, and a significant portion of the English vocabulary has been derived from Latinate and Romance sources. Nearly 70% of English words are inspired by Latin. For example, “Cantabrigia” is the old Latin name for “Cambridge.” Every part of Cambridge consists of historical wonders. Even if you dislike Latin, there is so much to learn about this city because it has a very special place in England’s heart.

Valentine’s day is the most romantic time of the year, and a Cambridge punt is perfect for a
well-deserved date night to celebrate true love with your special someone. You can take your
loved one on a relaxing historical tour so that you can fall in love with Cambridge together on a
peaceful trip while holding hands and cuddling on the river. Here is why Cambridge is such a
special place to celebrate romance in the air with your significant other.

Feel the Romance on The River Cam
Punting in Cambridge is one of the best surprises you can gift that wonderful person in your life
this upcoming valentine’s day. A Cambridge punt on the River Cam will transport you through
the heart of the city and will grow your hearts for each other too. It will reward you with
breath-taking views of the famous bridges and colleges that line the river. This traditional
English pastime is ideal for couples who want to book a private tour to spend quality time
together amidst all the scenery. To make your Cambridge punt extra special, your chauffeur can
provide cushions and blankets to keep you warm as you huddle close during the ride. Your boat
can also be decorated with roses and any other perks you might want to make your trip as
romantic as possible just for the two of you. Since this is a private tour, you can make a playlist
with all your favourite love songs to listen to during the ride while popping open that bottle of
champagne on the water during sunset.

Explore History Together
If you share a passion for culture and learning together, a Cambridge punting trip will fulfil your
desire for history with some mind-blowing tales. You will also get up close and personal with
some of the most iconic buildings and sights, such as the grounds of Trinity College, The
Mathematical Bridge, Kings College Chapel, The Bridge of Sighs, Clare Bridge, New Court St
Johns, The Wren Library, and so much more. These are the locations where academic geniuses
made England a world leader thanks to alumni members, such as the legendary Stephen
Hawking, Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Edward VII, George VI, Sylvia Plath, and Alan Turing.
If you and your partner enjoy the famous Netflix show “The Crown,” you will be pleased to
know that Olivia Colman, who plays her majesty the Queen in season three, is also an alumnus
of the university.

For the Adventurers
This valentine’s day, you can also go on an exciting ghost tour while punting in Cambridge if you
prefer something offbeat and thrilling. This is a fun way to experience Cambridge’s darker side
with a spooky trip that will keep you and your loved one on the edge of your seats the entire
time. There is a lot of history in Cambridge, and a lot of epic stories of scary hauntings at the
colleges. If that does not scare you enough, Freddie Highmore, who played Norman Bates from
Bates Motel, is also a Cambridge University graduate.