What you need to know when punting in Cambridge
For many guest staying in our serviced apartments in Spring and Summer one of the most popular activities on everyones list has to be punting along the river Cam.
Punting in Cambridge has a long and storied history, dating back centuries. It is a traditional and iconic way to see the city’s historic architecture and picturesque scenery, and has become one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.
It is a leisurely activity that involves propelling a flat-bottomed boat, called a punt, with a long pole down the River Cam. The history of punting in Cambridge can be traced back centuries and has evolved into one of the city’s most loved and enduring traditions.
The origins of punting can be traced back to the 19th century when it was primarily used as a way to transport goods along the River Cam. However, over time it evolved into a leisure activity and became a popular pastime for students and locals alike. In the early days, punting was done by standing on the back of the boat and propelling it forward with a long pole. This was a physically demanding activity, and it required a lot of skill and practice.
Today, punting in Cambridge attracts over 1 million visitors each year, making it one of the city’s top tourist attractions. Visitors come from all over the world to experience the unique charm of punting and to explore the beautiful waterways and historic architecture of the city. This is a wonderful way to relax when stepping away from visiting the historic sites and museums of Cambridge.
Cambridge is home to some of the world’s most prestigious universities, and its buildings and bridges are steeped in history and culture. Punting allows visitors to see the city from a unique perspective on the water and to appreciate its beauty and heritage in a way that walking tours cannot provide.
Another reason for punting’s popularity is its accessibility. Punting requires no prior experience or special skills and is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. It is also a great way to relax and unwind and to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. It can be great fun if punting with friends or family and giving everyone a go steering with the pole, it can make for many laughs and memorable photos.
The popularity of punting has also had a positive impact on the local economy. The industry supports hundreds of jobs, from boat operators to tour guides and souvenir sellers. It also brings in millions of pounds in revenue each year, making it a vital part of the city’s tourism industry.
If you are planning to go punting in Cambridge, there are many local punting suppliers that you can choose from. The cost of punting can vary depending on the time of day and the season, but on average, you can expect to pay around £20-£30 per person for a shared punting tour. Private tours are also available, and they typically cost around £100-£150 per hour for a group of up to six people. When hiring a punt you can bring the costs down with a self guided cruise along the Cam.
One of the most popular punting routes in Cambridge is the ‘Backs’ tour, which takes you past some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including the Bridge of Sighs, King’s College Chapel, and the Mathematical Bridge. This tour lasts for around 45 minutes, and it is a great way to see the city’s stunning architecture and learn about its fascinating history.
Another popular punting route is the Grantchester tour, which takes you out of the city and into the beautiful countryside surrounding Cambridge. This tour lasts for around two hours and takes you past picturesque meadows and ancient woodlands. It is a great way to escape the city and to experience the natural beauty of the area. More information on what you can expect to see on a punting tour of Cambridge.
When choosing a punting supplier, it is important to look for one that is reputable and experienced. You should also check that they have all the necessary safety equipment, such as life jackets if required for children and safety ropes, and that they follow all the necessary safety guidelines. Most punting suppliers in Cambridge are licensed and regulated, but it is always a good idea to do your research before booking a tour.
We know that Cambridge can be an incredible city to visit for work or pleasure and if you are staying with Signet Apartments and choose to go punting, you can always speak with one of our team for a local activities recommendations during your stay.