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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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Lovely area, best viewed from Queens Road side

There isn't really a street called "the Backs", so look for Queens Road if you want to see the area without paying for admission to the Colleges, which most now expect. There are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

There isn't really a street called "the Backs", so look for Queens Road if you want to see the area without paying for admission to the Colleges, which most now expect. There are also some Colleges where you can enter the lawn and garden area from Queens Road direction without paying, although of course I wouldn't advocate that! A good... More 

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Everyone should go punting! It's got a lovely atmosphere on the river and it's such a relaxing and enjoyable experience. The tour guides tell you all the information about the colleges as you float past them on the way, and once the boat has turned around the let you relax and ask any questions if you want to! We even... More 

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Prescot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Punting on the River Cam should be on everyone's bucket list! A very knowledgeable young man explained the many interesting sites as he ably guided our punt along the College backs. The river was very busy with many punts vying for space, but this added to the sense of adventure. This was a truly wonderful experience.

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I'm slightly prejudiced, having had a close involvement with Downing, but this is just a wonderful place to be.

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Grimsby, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Hired chauffer punt for a leisurely trip down the backs on a glorious sunny day. Knowledgable punter and good value for money

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Derbyshire,England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

If walking the banks of the River Cam try and plan the route to take in The Backs-it will add to your enjoyment with lots to hold your interest.

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

A totally different way to see cambridge and a must. Beautiful as you take in most of the colleges go under several interesting bridge bit like Venice if it's a nice day. Views you cannot see from anywhere else unless you are a student at one of the colleges

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

These are the "backs" of the world famous cambridge colleges, set in manicured lawns, and the river between. Best seen from a punt.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The Backs is beautiful especially first thing on the morning. I walk to work through the area and it is peaceful and perfect for photography. The river is empty apart from a few swans and their signets. The punts sit neatly at the back of Trinity and wait to be photographed with the Bridge of Sighs in the background. If... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

It is so interesting seeing all the colleges from the riverside, together with their fabulous gardens. It is a must.

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Address: Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, England
Phone Number: 44 1223 322640
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Cambridge

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