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The Backs

Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, England
44 1223 322640
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Ranked #13 of 107 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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London, United Kingdom
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140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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49 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
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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Bangkok, Thailand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

You find the small lovely park once you walk passed the bridge that full with Punting staff.Time to walk and relax.

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This is one place you must visit after touring the city,preferably in the evening. Bring a bottle or two with you and some lite bites. The best times to go on the backs are in the evening,autumn or winter or as early in the morning as possible as you will have more time to take in the sites around you,and... More

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São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

It is a nice place and one of the best place to take a picture of the front of King College Chapel and University of Cambridge. Also, a nice place to park the car by a reasonable price.

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thousand oaks, California
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

After punting on the Cam, which affords a nice view of the fronts of many of the famous colleges, it's nice to have a walk along the Backs, an easy trail, which takes you to entrances to the backs of several of the colleges, including King's and Trinity.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I was very surprised to find, after hearing so many glowing comments about the lovely Backs, that you're not actually allowed - as an ordinary visitor to Cambridge - to walk on the paths next to the river. Most of those are the exclusive property of the colleges, you see. You might be allowed to pay money to walk along... More

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