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Mathematical Bridge Tours

Stroll along the riverfront or take a punting tour along Cambridge’s River Cam and you’ll be sure to see the Mathematical Bridge, one of the city’s most photographed landmarks. The humble wooden footbridge crosses the river between the old and new buildings of the Queens College, and dates back to the 18th century.  

Popular legend dictates that the bridge was the masterwork of Cambridge University alumni Isaac Newton, who built it to illustrate his theories of force and gravity, using only wood and no nuts, bolts or metal framework. In reality, the bridge was built by James Essex in 1749 to a design by William Etheridge. Officially called the ‘Wooden Bridge’, the Mathematical Bridge earned its famous nickname thanks to its impressive engineering design – using straight timber arranged in a series of tangents to create a self-supporting arc. 

The bridge that stands today was actually rebuilt in 1905, but it’s become so well known that a replica has even been built at Oxford University, Cambridge’s notorious rival. 

Practical Info

The Mathematical Bridge runs across the River Cam in central Cambridge, connecting the main buildings of the Queens College, part of the University of Cambridge.

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Private Cambridge Punting Tour, Cambridge, null
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Private Cambridge Punting Tour

This 45-minute private punting tour gives you the opportunity to see eight of the most famous Cambridge colleges from Darwin to Magdelene and nine bridges from ...  Read more

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $114.34
45-Minute Shared Punting Tour in Cambridge, Cambridge, Day Cruises
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45-Minute Shared Punting Tour in Cambridge

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On this 45-minute shared punting tour in Cambridge you will see 8 of the most famous Cambridge colleges from Darwin to Magdelene and 9 bridges from the ...  Read more

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $14.29
Chauffeured Punting Tour in Cambridge, Cambridge, Day Cruises
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Chauffeured Punting Tour in Cambridge

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Punting is one of the best ways to see the famous riverside colleges in comfort and style. Great care is taken to provide outstanding punting tours of ...  Read more

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 50 minutes (approx.)

From USD $17.15
Punting Tour in Cambridge, Cambridge, Day Cruises
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Punting Tour in Cambridge

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Enjoy a 45 minute shared punting tour of Cambridge, this is a must do when visiting the city. See the sublime architecture and pristine gardens of one of the ...  Read more

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $24.30
Rutherfords Punting Tours in Cambridge, Cambridge, Day Cruises
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Rutherfords Punting Tours in Cambridge

Shared Cambridge Punting Tour The highlight of any Cambridge experience is a Rutherford's share tour. This Visit England quality assured 50 minute river ...  Read more

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 50 minutes (approx.)

From USD $22.87

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