A punt tour along the world famous college ‘backs’ is one of the pleasures of a visit to Cambridge.
There are six authorised punt stations in Cambridge, at (from north to south along the river) La Mimosa on the corner of Jesus Green, Quayside, Trinity College (inside the college grounds), the Mill Pond on Silver Street, Mill Lane, and the Granta Mill Pond near Sheeps Green.
Our punting in Cambridge leaflet [PDF, 1.5MB] shows the authorised punt stations on a map.
You can buy tickets at each location, online or from our tourist information centre at the Guildhall. Please do not buy your punting tickets from people selling them on King's Parade or Market Square, as illegal punt operators sell tours from these locations.
Code of practice
The companies trading from the authorised punt stations have all signed up to our voluntary code of practice for the visitor industry [PDF, 60kB], which limits touting to areas adjacent to their business.
The code also limits the number of touts, requires touts to be identifiable and includes guidelines on when and how potential customers can be approached.
Licensing, enforcement and action
Punt stations in Cambridge must be licensed by the Conservators of the River Cam.
Regulations introduced by the Conservators in April 2012 state that only businesses operating from one of the six authorised punt stations will be issued with a commercial licence.
Notices will be served on unlicensed punts. When a notice is served, the punt owner has 7 days to respond, after which an abandonment notice is placed on the punt requiring its removal within 14 days. If the punt is not removed by the owner, the Conservators will remove it.
A number of notices have already been served; the majority on punts working from Garret Hostel Lane, which is not a licensed punt station. As a result, punt touts working for businesses trading from Garret Hostel Lane have reduced in number.