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The River Cam, Cambridge

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Relax along the The River Cam while watching punts (a long, narrow flat-bottomed boat) and other rowing vessels go by. This main river flowing through Cambridge in eastern England is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Take in the punting from afar or opt for a guided trip, so that you can admire the architecture, spot the Mathematical Bridge, or learn some history of the various colleges. Note that although it may seem expensive to take a punt out, the ideal shallow, gravelly conditions make it worthwhile. Spring and summer are the best times to visit, but be prepared for crowds. Use our Cambridge sightseeing planning app to visit The River Cam on your trip to Cambridge, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I would have liked to have had the time to take a punt as it was a beautiful day. Perhaps I will go back and do it.  more »
  • Beautiful boat trip with Family and friends. From the boat you can enjoy beautiful views of the main colleges and chapels and bridges.  more »
  • neuwton showed how to make a curved bridge with straight lines... see you and not what you think... beautiful place... There are traversed by boat around the river... If you have time do not miss it
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With over 150 hotels, B&Bs, inns, and self-catering facilities, Cambridge offers a wealth of lodging options for every taste and budget. While visiting this heritage-rich city, you can even enjoy the university experience by staying in a college room. These centrally located B&B rooms offer an inexpensive and convenient alternative to staying in the city's hotels. You can retrace the footsteps of the university's famous graduates, grab a meal in the college hall, get lost in the campus and hidden courtyards, and end the day with a drink in the college bar.
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