Rutherfords Punting

Current Opening Times: 9am-Dusk

Shared Punting Tours in Cambridge

  • A luxury 45-minute tour 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 unparalleled architectural treats of riverside buildings
  • Hear the inspiring and amazing history behind the city you see today

When travelling with family, book our Family Punting option to get the best family group offer in Cambridge. You can use this option if you are travelling with at least one child under 12.

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

Shared punting in Cambridge

Choose our shared punting tours of Cambridge to see the world-famous College Backs. This option is the most cost-effective for those looking to travel on a shoestring budget.

Join us for our VisitEngland Rose Marque tour. You’ll travel by punt up and down 1 mile (1.6km) of outrageous 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.

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. These punting prices beat anything that you’ll find on the day.

Book some treats for your tour, order at the checkout and your drinks and nibbles will be awaiting your arrival on the day. Keep a lookout on our Instagram, Facebook or our website banner here, as we regularly release punting offer codes.

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 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 and can be used to create your own creature scavenger hunt.

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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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Raised Seats

Our shared tour information

Our shared tour punting tickets are bookable per person, depending on the number of people that you’re bringing along. You can book at a time and date that suits you best. If you’re travelling with children, book our Family Punting and save.

Tours are chauffeured and your guide will escort you through 45 minutes of Cambridge’s fascinating history. Tours start and finish at our pontoon.

On the day, head to our desk on the Quayside Boardwalk, nearest our Jesus Green Moorings. We will prepare your boat and call you to board your punting tour.

Please aim to arrive in good time. These tickets are for seats on shared punting tours, and as such we are not able to hold the tour for late arrivals as this would affect other guests’ experiences.

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

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Rutherford’s punting company has family heritage directly linked to Ernest Rutherford, a Cambridge Graduate and nuclear physicist, who has shaped our world today through his contribution to industry and education. We’re Cambridge’s luxury punting company focused entirely on giving customers the very best punting hospitality.

We would be delighted to plan your Cambridge experience around your ideas, suggestions and requests – Get in touch as we’re here to make the best Cambridge day happen for you!

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