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Address: Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, England
Phone Number: 44 1223 322640
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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 perfect view to the colleges and to the River. If you got the chance take a punting tour it's very good and you enjoy more the city

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Aveiro, Portugal
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Aveiro, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The perfect view to the colleges and to the River. If you got the chance take a punting tour it's very good and you enjoy more the city

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is imperative that you go down the backs when there are fewer boats. The earlier in the day, and on week days, is far better than crowded, annoying weekends.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best seen by punt (there are tours by students) but they are all good. The backs of the college gardens running down to the river make Cambridge more picturesque than Oxford (and I´m an Oxonion).

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Ramsbottom, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed a stroll around the backs on our trip to Cambridge rather than the tourist option of a tour guide in a punt . Lovely paths etc .

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Sandy, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Sipping champagne and nibbling at canapés whilst drifting along the river. Have always hired our own punt where everyone gets a chance to have a go. Great fun. Great Fathers's Day activity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely leisurely escorted trip down the river on a Scudamore punt. The best way to see most of the colleges.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a nice walk along the river. Sadly, in the years since we'd last been there, so much building had occurred, but that's progress. The river itself is still kept beautifully.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

It is possible to walk a circuit starting from King's Parade turning left at Silver St, crossing the Cam and then bearing to the right along a footpath that follows the college backs. Keep going until you join the road to com back to the right about 1 mile on and recross the cam, turning into Trinity St. Recommended circular... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Nice place, nice area, great river to see. I do recommend to see it. First rent a boat and have some training with punting - amazing experience :-)

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Whether you live in the UK or you are a tourist, this has to be one of the most attractive places to walk. You can't fail to be impressed with the backs of the Cambridge colleges, some of which date back to before 1350!

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