Rutherfords Punting

Current Opening Times: 9am-Dusk

Shared Punting Tours In Cambridge

  • A luxury 45-minute shared punting tour of the River Cam on our chauffeured punts
  • Leave from and return to our Pontoon next to the Jesus Green Moorings
  • Glide under nine beautiful historic bridges, including the Bridge of Sighs
  • Travel through the College Backs, past 8 riverside Colleges
  • See the famous sights, including the unparalleled architectural treats of riverside buildings
  • Hear the inspiring history behind the city you see today and learn interesting facts
  • Family group offers available

Experience punting the way it was supposed to be with Rutherford’s. Our stunning wooden punts offer quiet luxury as you glide down the River Cam and everything this glorious city has to offer.

A family with children in a punting boat with King's College Chapel, an impressive stone building, in the background.

Book A Shared Punting Tour With Rutherford’s

Choose our shared punting tours of Cambridge to see the world-famous College Backs in comfort and style. Shared tours are the most cost-effective for those looking to travel on a budget, as they’re more cost-effective compared to our private punting tours.

Just because it’s a cost-effective option doesn’t mean shared punting in Cambridge isn’t a unique experience you’ll treasure forever. On our VisitEngland Rose Marque tour, you’ll travel by punt up and down 1 mile (1.6km) of magnificent beauty on one of our classic Cambridge wooden boats.

Our guides will entertain you with Cambridge’s fascinating history as you see the sublime University of Cambridge buildings, elite bridges and private gardens that are only visible from the river. Cambridge punting doesn’t get any better than sitting in a comfortable boat as your guide shares their knowledge.

During your chauffeured punting tour, you’ll see the city’s most beautiful sights including Queens’ Mathematical Bridge, King’s Chapel and the famous St John’s Bridge of Sighs. Your expert tour guide will take you along the river on a classic shared punt, dressed with cushions for your comfort.

If you’re looking to experience this unique side of Cambridge for less, our shared tour is the best option for those on a budget. For the best savings, book online before you head to the river. Our dynamic pricing structure is updated online first, so it beats the costs you’ll get on the day at our ticket office. Booking in advance also means you’re more likely to secure your seat, meaning you can sit back and relax as you wait for your trip, knowing you got the best rates. You can find out more about our costs on our pricing page



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45-Minute Tour
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Chauffeured Experience
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9 Bridges & 7 Colleges
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Extras Available
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Customise Your Shared Punting Experience

Our shared punting tours can be customised to suit your needs, so you can make the experience your own. That’s why shared punting is perfect for the whole family. If the entire group is happy, you can even bring your dog on a dog day out, but we often encourage pet owners to consider a private tour for their comfort and to avoid waiting.

For hungry travellers, there are many delicious snacks available to enjoy. Book some treats for your tour, order at the checkout, and your drinks and nibbles will be awaiting your arrival on the day. You can then relax and enjoy the trip with your treats as you glide down the banks of the River.

Our shared punting tours are the most cost-effective option we offer, and there’s always a way to save. Keep a lookout on our Instagram, Facebook or our website banner, as we regularly release punting offer codes to help you get the best possible deal.

When travelling with family, visit our Family Punting page for information on our budget-friendly tickets. Select your family size to get the best deals when booking our Shared Punting Tickets.

All children under 12, or indeed anyone celebrating their inner child, can grab one of our beautiful Children’s College Backs Map from our Bookings Desk as you join the tour. The booklet is a creative masterpiece, with an accurate map that can be used to create your own creature scavenger hunt.

With Rutherford’s, you can create your own journey down the river and enjoy punting Cambridge at the best possible price. Book today to secure your place on the next shared tour of Cambridge.

See you on the river!

We loved this tour! Charlie was our guide and he was awesome. It was raining but they had blankets and umbrellas! It was so cozy and fun! We loved it! This company was the best by far!!!


The Rutherford’s team never fail to make the punting experience magical. Rutherfords are first-class for their knowledge of the city’s rich history, their cheerful and witty humour and their hospitality.


An enchanting journey into the fascinating history of Cambridge and its alumni! John’s knowledge was foundational in our immersive experience. Excellent!


Shared Punting Tours of Cambridge

Your Punting Experience

45 minutes

Chauffeured Experience

Raised Seats

Extras Available

8 Colleges & 9 Bridges

Punting Events

A family with children punting in Cambridge, passing beneath the famous Bridge of Sighs - gothic revival splendor. The children are leaning out of the boat and smiling.

Mother’s Day Punting 2024

Best Cambridge Mother’s Day Activity. If your Mother deserves the world, and some serious appreciation for everything she does for you, then our Mother’s Day Punting Tour is just perfect.

Cambridge Distillery Gin Trio on a punt - sampling the best on our gin punting tour.

Gin June Punting

Friday Nights on the River Cam. Kick your weekend off in style on our limited edition Friday night Gin June Punting Events.

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Valentine’s Day Punting

Punting Tours for Lovers. Make things extra special this year with our Cambridge Valentine’s Day punting experience for two with a long stemmed red rose.

Trinity & St John's May Balls Cambridge Punting Experiences

Fireworks Punting 2024

May Ball Fireworks Punting. For a jaw-droppingly beautiful and oh-so Cambridge experience, book a May Ball Fireworks Punting Tour with your own chauffeur to glide along the Backs on one of these magical evenings in June.

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Saffron Grange Wine Punting

Sparkling Summer Punting. Start your weekend off in style as you sample three celebrated Saffron Grange vintages on a wine tasting punting tour gliding through the glorious Cambridge College Backs. 

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Ghost Tour Punting

Halloween Punting Tour Trick or Treat! Intrepid travellers beware – this city is seriously spooky. On Halloween, you’ll love this foray punting into the dark side of our city on our legendary shared ghost tours.

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