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“A nice tour with some interesting history.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Scudamore's Punting Company

Scudamore's Punting Company
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Punting Tour in Cambridge
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Owner description: Founded in the early 1900s, we are Cambridge's oldest and friendliest punting company. We founded pleasure punting in Cambridge and have hired boats along the famous College Backs and on the scenic route towards Grantchester village for over 100 years. As the first company in Cambridge to offer chauffeured tours of the College Backs, our VisitEngland award-winning services include both our boat hire and our College Backs Tour. Discover how the city has evolved from medieval market town to world-class centre for education whilst enjoying spectacular views from the river - the ideal introduction to the city's inspiring history.
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“A nice tour with some interesting history.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2012

It was raining, it was cold, it was miserable, it was England, but we went punting anyway and loved it!

The tour guide had so much interesting information, that we did not mind the rain. They provided blankets too. Well worth a go!

Visited September 2011
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“Hard work but great fun!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2012

River punts are the best way to explore Cambridge and see the colleges. We had a self-hire punt so first few minutes were gone in getting used to the thing but once you get the knack of it, it is not difficult. It is hard-work though but the magnificent views from the river Cam are worth the effort. Even if the main entrance of the colleges is closed for any reason like exams etc, you can get the inside view of King's, Trinity etc from your punt as the river flows through their backyard.
The guides appeared to be very chatty and informative (we don't know in detail as we did a self-hire) but doing the hard work yourself is really a lot of fun. And there are lots of amateur punters around so even if you cannot get going for a while, you don't actually feel that bad or ashamed! :)

Visited June 2012
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Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Very informative and fun.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2012

We really enjoyed our punting experience with Scudmore's. The tour was very informative and our guide was quite fun, giving us the lowdown on the Cambridge colleges and happily answering questions when asked. He was also very good about reminding us to keep our arms inside when other punts were close to bumping into us, which was very handy as it was an extremely busy day and the non-professional punters were losing control of their boats quite frequently! All in all, a lot of fun and laughs.

Visited May 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Best way to see the colleges”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2012

The river punt is the best way to get a feel for the university and its colleges - the Scudamores punt hosts are quite knowledgeable about the history of the university.

We have used this company twice and have been happy with the experience. Thye have small room to park child buggies and the booking staff is very helpful.
Online bookings are cheaper.

Visited May 2012
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“Really lovely time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2012 via mobile

You never do the things closest to you, so decided to go on the punts. Although fairly expensive had a lovely time and would definitely go again in the summer. We were a group of 8 with 2 kids (2 and 4) and they both loved it too. Our guide was excellent ( can't remember his name though) he was vey knowledgeable and made it enjoyable. Found out a lot of info we didn't know. A very relaxing and enjoyable trip.

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