One of the most quintessentially British past times has to be being propelled down Cambridge’s river Cam by an experienced professional punter. The pleasure of drifting down the river with languorous unconcern, whilst naturally being starred at by people who are also admiring the river from along the banks or who stop to watch you pass by from one of the many pretty bridges. Punting is a difficult task, with having to wield the large pole with masterful delicacy in order to use the springy riverbed to push you down the river. You will undoubtedly be attracted to other punts on the river, but sit back, relax and admire the beautiful college gardens and architecture.
Some of the grandest architecture in the country can be seen from the waters level. There is an abundance of buildings which will impress you as you take your punt down the slow river. Two of the most famous sites are the chapel at King’s College, a striking example of Gothic architecture which took over a century to build, and Christopher Wren’s Library for Trinity College, which is home to thousands of priceless books and medieval manuscripts.
When you’re done punting, ensure you take a stroll around the colleges, they are an exciting maze to explore if you manage to get in. Access to the colleges is varied depending on day, week and time of year. Also make sure you visit the many bridges which you may have missed during your punt along the river Cam. In particular find the Bridge of Sighs, it rivals in beauty and elegance some of the most famous bridges in Venice.