I was staying with an Australian friend who was living in London and during my stay, she mentioned she had an Australian friend who was graduating Cambridge and did I want to tag along? Naturally wanting to explore more of England on my travels, I said yes, and I not only made new friends on this outing, but I also learnt how Cambridge University students celebrate graduation.
So how do I get to Cambridge?
1. The best way to get to Cambridge (especially if you are travelling solo and with no car!) is to go by train.
2. The best train station to go from is Kings Cross Station. A return ticket from King Cross will cost you between 20-30 pounds, depending on the time that you are going (on/off peak).
3. How long is the train journey? The train journey took me from Kings Cross to Cambridge station (with no stops or changes) in 1.5-2 hours total.
How far is Cambridge University from the station?
From Cambridge train station it is only a short 20 minute walk to the university, and along the way why not take the time to take some photographs of the area?
This is Cambridge University.
Before I reveal to you what Cambridge University Graduates do after graduation, I must show you Cambridge University! It is definitely worth the visit!
What Cambridge University graduates do to celebrate graduation…
After taking some necessary photos with the new graduate and having a small celebration in his Cambridge on-campus apartment, we went out to celebrate like Cambridge University students typically do after graduation…
Punting on the River Cam
The River Cam runs right through Cambridge University, and after graduation, graduates like to pack a picnic lunch, take out all their friends and book a boat to go Punting. Punting is also very popular with students from Oxford University.
So what is punting?
A punt is a flat-bottomed boat with a square-cut bow, designed for use in small rivers or other shallow water. In lamens terms, punting is basically rowing a long boat (gondola) down the river using a big, long stick. Punting is also a popular attraction in Cambridge for tourists, couples, hens parties and all sorts of events!
Two punting experiences
1. You can hire a guide to do the punting for you and give you a little history about the area, so you can just sit back and relax.
How much will it cost?
Hiring a guide to punt for you and give a private guided tour will cost you 110 pounds (for up to 12 people) and a shared chauffuered punt tour of Cambridge will cost about 15 pounds each.
2. You can hire out a boat yourselves as a group, and take turns punting! My friend and I were part of a large group, so we hired out three boats, took turns at punting so we could enjoy the scenery! Once you punt a little further down the river you can park your boats on the side, and find a perfect spot for a picnic lunch!
How much will it cost?
Hiring out your own boat costs 25 pounds per hour per punt, which may seem a bit costly if there were just two of you, but for me it only cost between 10-15 pounds for the hire for a few hours, split between a group of seven people on the boat.
Beautiful scenery around Cambridge
Punting in Cambridge was one of my many highlights from my time spent in England; I tried something new and different, I got to see more of England, I made new friends and I spent it with one of my good friends from Australia.
Share your thoughts
Have you ever been to Cambridge or gone punting? What was your experience?