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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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The Backs is the name given to the River Cam as it passes the backs of the colleges. Good at anytime of year, it is perhaps best in springtime. The colleges running down to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Nr Cambridge, UK
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The Backs is the name given to the River Cam as it passes the backs of the colleges. Good at anytime of year, it is perhaps best in springtime. The colleges running down to the Cam are spectacular. Although some colleges charge entry it is possible to see the Backs for nothing by choosing your route carefully. If you have... More 

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St. Neots, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

No visit is complete without walking along the 'Backs' of the colleges. Beautiful and serene with punts floating past. Lovely. My only niggle is that you have to pay to go to the back of Kings College across the bridge.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The best way to see the Backs is by punting at that side of the river. Although it can get very crowded in the summer, it is absolutely stunning and after years in Cambridge it still takes my breath away. I would recommend punting on your own if you can (tours seem a bit lame to me). You can bring... More 

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Apsley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Don't forget to look up as you are walking around. It's helpful to have a guide with you, but you can do a walking trip by yourself

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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20 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Inreally don't know why this is so popular..it does give rear access to some colleges and i suppose it is quietly romantic if that's what you like. I found the nesting swans a bit scary

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

You haven't really seen Cambridge until you have taken a leisurely stroll along the backs, or spent a few minutes on the Garret Hostel bridge watching the punts and the moorhens glide along the Cam. Beautiful at any time of year, but stunning in the spring when the crocuses and daffodils are up. At this time of the year the... More 

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Coopers Beach, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

A great place for a walk at any time of year. Lots of open spaces and of course the River Cam. plenty of wide open spaces to sit, picnic or simply enjoy the peace and quiet.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Today my wife & I had an excellent & knowledgeable young lady take us down the Cam for 45 informative minutes on a beautiful, blue-skied & cloudless day. This is a must-do for visitors to Cambridge whether your 1st time or your 5th.

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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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