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Address: Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, England
Phone Number: 44 1223 322640
Description: Landscaped open areas and gardens weaving behind many colleges on the...
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.
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Pleasant walk/scenery on a bright day

The Backs are a nice place for a walk, but only with good/dry weather. You get to see the back of some of the older colleges, see people punting, and can sit on the grass and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

The Backs are a nice place for a walk, but only with good/dry weather. You get to see the back of some of the older colleges, see people punting, and can sit on the grass and relax. It is a major site for tourists to congregate which is not that great.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Walk down the Backs (of the colleges along Queens Road) on a sunny spring day and the wild flowers will cheer you.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Great guy guiding us on a punt down the River Cam and along the backs of the colleges. Really interesting to hear about the history and the quirky little stories that went with each college. Glad we did it.

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Kitchener, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Wonderful to walk around and take a picnic to. Lots of students studying and I wish I'd had time to take a book with me and relax for a few hours.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We took a punt on a cold winters day in January … blankets were provided. We loved it and am so glad that we did - I would say this is imperative to anyone visiting Cambridge.

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Berlin, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Walking up and down the bridges that lead to the colleges is beautiful. Especially in the fall when the leaves are changing.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Take a punting tour on the river Cam and learn tons of trivia and quirky facts about the Backs, which refers to the back of the university of Cambridge colleges. A most enjoyable and relaxing hour.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Worth wandering down this area behind the main colleges (including behind King's) - lovely green sweeps of lawn, good views across to the impressive buildings, including the back of King's Chapel, and strange sights of heads floating along the lawns (which are actually people punting along the river which is in a dip). Three nice bridges go across the river... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

A sunny day at the Backs is a perfect opportunity to take a picnic and soak up the atmosphere of one of the most tranquil of university scenes - well worth the effort!

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The Backs is a generic name for the area of land that lies between the backs of the colleges and the river Cam. Despite being promoted as a parkland and opportunity to view the colleges in all their glory, it is quite disjointed with most of the parkland being segregated and fenced off by the various colleges. Thus, if you... More 

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