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River Cam Tours

Flowing through the heart of Cambridge, the River Cam is not only the city’s lifeline, but one of its most captivating natural landmarks. The most visited section of the river runs between Bishops Mill and Jesus Lock, lined by the grand buildings of Cambridge University and aptly nicknamed ‘The Backs’ as it’s framed by the ‘backs’ of eight colleges. Following the river along this stretch affords impressive views of King’s College, the Wren Library at Trinity College and landmarks like the Bridge of Sighs and the Mathematical Bridge.

For visitors to Cambridge, the quintessential local activity is punting along the River Cam – a chauffeured cruise in a flat-bottomed boat or ‘punt’, propelled along by a 5-meter-long pole. A romantic, slow-paced punting tour is ideal for sightseeing as you’ll float downstream with plenty of time to snap photos and admire the riverside landmarks. 

The River Cam is also a popular recreational ground, with university rowing teams using it to practice for the prestigious Oxford-Cambridge boat race (held along the River Thames in London each spring). Walkways run along parts of the river and many pubs and restaurants offer riverside views, while the grassy banks make an idyllic picnic spot during the summer months. 

Practical Info

The River Cam runs for around 14 miles (23km) from Ashwell in Hertfordshire and through central Cambridge until it meets the River Ouse.

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Cambridge Tour from London Including a Walking Tour, London, null
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Cambridge Tour from London Including a Walking Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Discover centuries of rich English history in Cambridge on this 1-day tour from London. Follow a guide on a 1-hour tour through Cambridge’s medieval streets, ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $64.90
Chauffeured Punting Tour in Cambridge, Cambridge, Walking Tours
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Chauffeured Punting Tour in Cambridge

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 36 Reviews

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 $17.31
Punting Tour in Cambridge, Cambridge, Day Cruises
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Punting Tour in Cambridge

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

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 $24.52
Private 2-Hour Cambridge Walking Tour, Cambridge, Day Cruises
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Private 2-Hour Cambridge Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

This private 2-hour walking tour is tailored to what you want to see, ensuring you make the most of your time in Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.16
Rutherfords Punting Tours in Cambridge, Cambridge, Private Sightseeing Tours
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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 $23.07
City Sightseeing Cambridge Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Cambridge, Cultural Tours
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City Sightseeing Cambridge Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

You can hop-on and off as many times as you like aboard your Cambridge open-top double-decker City Sightseeing bus. There are 16 stops and the entire route ...  Read more

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $23.07
Cambridge at Christmas Regular Tour in Spanish, Cambridge, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Cambridge at Christmas Regular Tour in Spanish

Christmas trees, carols, dinners with family and friends, Christmas cards ...  Is there anything else we don't already know about Christmas? The answer to this ...  Read more

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $17.31
Punting at Cambridge Tour in Spanish, Cambridge, Christmas
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Punting at Cambridge Tour in Spanish

One of the essential places to visit in Cambridge is undoubtedly The Backs , a picturesque area, east of Queen's Road, where there are several colleges of ...  Read more

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $216.32
Private Cambridge Punting Tour, Cambridge, Cultural Tours
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Private Cambridge Punting Tour

Sit back, relax and enjoy the views from the comfort of your own punt. Your private chauffeured punt tour for up to 6 people with last for approximately 50 ...  Read more

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

From USD $142.77
Cambridge and Oxford Historic Colleges of Britain Day Trip, London, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Cambridge and Oxford Historic Colleges of Britain Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 78 Reviews

Begin the day traveling across the Chiltern Hills to Oxford, the "City of Dreaming Spires", whose hushed courtyards and elegant, dignified timeworn ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.01

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