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Haunted Punting

Haunted punting might seem a bizarre concept but just because Halloween is over, it does not mean that going on a haunted trip and hearing about ghosts isn’t still a lot of fun.

Instead of the usual walking tours, why not take a ride through the River Cam and hear spooky stories about Cambridge University that will put every horror movie to shame.

This will make punting in Cambridge a lot more exciting, especially if you want a little more thrill rather than the usual stories about the architecture.

St. John’s College

The second college you will see on your haunted punting tour. This college is one where people have reported several haunted sightings and bizarre incidents.

It was built on a Medieval hospital that was forced to shut down.

You can ask your chauffeur about the ghost of Doctor James Wood, who was an impoverished student at the college. He could not even afford a light in his room while students today are spoiled with laptops, televisions, and mobile phones. Back in the day, he used to sit in the O staircase in the Second Court and use the light from other rooms to work through the night.

Some people reported that his apparition is still haunting the same place at nights and surprised a few students by following them to their rooms.

Another famous ghost is James Ashton, who was brutally murdered in 1746 in the First Court next to the library. He was discovered stabbed in his room, and everybody suspected that his friend John Brinkley killed him.

However, Brinkley escaped justice because his father had some very powerful lawyers. He fled after the murder, and Ashton’s angry spirit can sometimes be heard screaming loudly in the building.

King’s College

Arguably the most famous sight along the river, King’s College is a very popular haunting site. Naturally, Kings College has to be included in our list of haunted punting locations.

This is because the founder, King Henry VI, had gone insane after prison when he was defeated in the War of the Roses.

The chapel was used during the civil war by Oliver Cromwell to house parliamentarian cavalrymen.

Students at Cambridge have reported noises coming from inside the chapel at night. You might hear horses neighing and soldiers scraping their feet. Even the police were called many times by students and teachers because they spotted moving figures on the roof.

Another unusual haunted punting story is that of Barret’s Coffin.

A scholar named Barret was a very eccentric person and lived in the Gibbs Building while strangely keeping a coffin. People often heard him screaming loudly throughout the night but ignored him because of his quirky personality.

One day, the screaming stopped, and when scholars entered his room, they found him dead, lying in his coffin with a smile on his face.

For a long time, the Gibbs building was no longer used for accommodation because people could not sleep and always complained about the random screaming.

It was so bad to the point that the college tried exorcising the building. The exorcism did not work, and now people just continue to tolerate whatever happened in the building.

Clare College

When you are haunted punting in Cambridge, ask your chauffeur about the Black Widow of the Cam.

Her name was Elizabeth De Clare, and she was married off to the richest man in England against her wishes when she was only twelve years old.

Her husband died after the wedding, and Elizabeth had to remarry. Her second husband also passed away after getting married. Then she went on to marry a third wealthy husband, who perished from food poisoning.

Elizabeth became the richest woman in Europe and was unstoppable.

Supposedly the people of Cambridge formed a mob and tortured her until she confessed to murdering all her husbands.

The local men tied Elizabeth to a boat and floated her until Clare Bridge, where she was then killed by burning arrows. She suffered an agonizing death, and her vengeful spirit continues haunting the River Cam.

Romantic Punting in Cambridge

Cambridge is an exceptionally scenic and ancient university city.

There are many romantic activities for couples to celebrate their love and punting in Cambridge is an excellent way to enjoy each other’s company. You can surprise your partner with a tour on the River Cam and relax while you are being chauffeured around this beautiful location.

Instead of sharing a punt with other tourists, you can hire a private ride to take your significant other on the most exciting historical journey. While booking the tour, ask us to personalize the ride.  Whilst romantic punting in Cambridge our chauffeurs can make suggestions about which are the best spots to get photographs.

Why the River Cam?

The River Cam provides the most gorgeous setting for a romantic outing, and it is inspirational to share that with a special person. Ask your chauffeur to take photos of you together so that those memories can last forever.

This is one of the most relaxing tours after exploring the city together. After spending the day in Cambridge, your significant other would really appreciate getting a chance to sit back and rest their feet while taking in more breathtaking sights.

The boat can be decorated with rose petals, and cushions to give you the best experience possible. If this does not impress your date, nothing else will.

If you are celebrating an anniversary together, you can arrange to have a chilled bottle of champagne on board with flutes to sip along the ride while toasting your relationship.

During your punting in Cambridge, you do not have to worry about the weather because we will have blankets and covers on the punt. We can even supply you with a deli grazing box to share together to make the trip extra special. The views you will see along the way are nothing short of something from a Jane Austen novel, which is what makes Cambridge such a romantic city.

A romantic day out in Cambridge

There are lots of activities for couples to partake in and strengthen their bond. After the romantic tour punting in Cambridge, you can stop at a quiet spot to have a picnic in the nearby Jesus Green. If it is not too cloudy, you will see the most magnificent sunset from the water that will literally take your breath away. Dusk is the most romantic time of the day when the sun is going down, and you can stroll under the soft pastel-coloured sky while holding hands as all the buildings light up around you.

At the end of the night, you should cosy up together in a local pub, especially one that has a wood-burning fireplace to set the mood. We recommend Pickerel Inn, just off Magdalene Bridge.

After all that fresh air you experienced on your romantic punting in Cambridge. Enjoy some great food and drinks in Cambridge, and before you know it, you will be coming back to this city for more. Travelling together with loved ones is one of the most unique experiences. As you look at all the beautiful sights together, you are celebrating that there is nobody else you would rather be with to share these magical moments.

Best spots for punting in Cambridge

Best spots for punting in Cambridge is a hotly debated topic between locals and tourists alike.

Cambridge has a wealth of fascinating history that captures the soul.

Punting in Cambridge is the most popular tourist activity for a reason because you get to see all the beautiful architecture and hear the most enthralling stories.

Cambridge is also a very picturesque location if you enjoy taking photographs or even a few selfies for Instagram.

Here are the best spots for punting (in our opinion), ready for your adventure on the River Cam. So that you can truly experience everything that Cambridge is famously known around the world for.

Mathematical Bridge

This historical bridge was built during the seventeenth century and was inspired by bridges in China.

You can see that very little material was used to create this long-lasting structure.

Most people believe that the bridge was designed by Sir Isaac Newton. But it was his student, William Etheridge, who designed it in 1748.

The bridge is right beside Queen’s College, which is one of the oldest and largest colleges at Cambridge. It was founded in 1448 and spans both sides of the River Cam.

You should ask your punting chauffeur to tell you all about the bridge’s design, and how the timber sturdily holds it in place despite being a weak material.

All of the college backs punting tours pass this bridge as it is one of the hotly anticipated spots for punting photography.

The Wren Library

The Wren Library was built in 1695, as part of Trinity College in Cambridge. It was designed by famous British architect Sir Christopher Wren, constructed in 1695. The same architect also
designed the famous St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

This is one of the most beautiful views on the River Cam, especially during sunset.

Sir Isaac Newton, Prince Charles, George VI, Eddie Redmayne, and many more have studied in this library during their time at Trinity College.


Bridge of Sighs

One of the most famous spots for punting is the Bridge of Sighs.

This gorgeous bridge looks like something from Harry Potter.

It was named after the Venetian Bridge of Sighs by Queen Victoria. It was built back in 1831 by Henry Hutchinson.

The bridge crosses the River Cam linking between the New Court and Third Court colleges.

Queen Victoria once said that this was her favorite spot in the city, and that’s how this bridge became such a popular tourist attraction.

There is also a common myth that the word “Sighs” came from Cambridge University students who were very stressed during exams.

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