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The Backs

Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, England
44 1223 322640
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Ranked #12 of 106 Attractions in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Landscaped open areas and gardens weaving behind many colleges on the River Cam, which are known for their daffodils and crocuses in the spring, and... more » Owner description: Landscaped open areas and gardens weaving behind many colleges on the River Cam, which are known for their daffodils and crocuses in the spring, and stunning views of the colleges across the river at any time of year. « less
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Cambridge, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The backs offer a fabulous view of the colleges with a completely different viewpoint from the front street views. Set in a lovely leafy environment with access to a bridges and gardens. It's nice to take the time to wander along the pathways, enjoy the ducks in the river and even sit and watch the world go by.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Not to be missed is punting along the backs, the best way to see them. Punt tours are available but punting is not too hard, so have a go yourself.

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Hopkins
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It was exciting to walk along at the back of some of the colleges. Different views, and fun to see another side of the beautiful buildings. And, to see some of the gardens!

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Innerleithen, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Just back from a week in Cambridge where one of the highlights of our trip had to be punting on the Backs, with Trinity College punts. It was so serene and peacefull. It probably helped that it was during the morning mid week as the river was fairly quiet.It looked more like the M25 on the Saturday afternoon through. So... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

very clean lots of things to see some very nice collages to see ,a lot off shop to go in too,if the weather is good a very good day out

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Have a little picnic out on the Backs, and enjoy one of the finest views of Kings college at the same time! Brilliant!

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is definitely a must. It is so much fun and so informative. We had a great guide - a handsome young lad with a slight french accent. We enjoyed it tremendously

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Going along the river on a punt to see The Backs is such a nice experience. Its worth getting a guided punt tour if you want some great information about the Backs, luckily we had a friend who knows quite a bit so we punted ourselves. It's a beautiful, historical and peaceful place to visit that I would recommend to... More

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

To really enjoy this area free from tourist be here as the sun comes up in summer. Certainly it means getting up early but it is well worth it. Better still visit early one morning after snow or a hard frost .. it is another world .. heaven

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Solihull
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This is a pleasant walk at the back of the colleges but unfortunately you can't get very far because almost all the area behind the colleges and close to the river is owned by the colleges. Worth a stroll for the great views of Kings but pay the £5 to visit St Johns and you cat sit on the riverbank... More

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