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Address: Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, England
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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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You can walk or punt along the backs and either way you will see such beautiful architecture that your camera will be spoilt for choice! We punted, well you have to really, when... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

You can walk or punt along the backs and either way you will see such beautiful architecture that your camera will be spoilt for choice! We punted, well you have to really, when in Rome and all...It's often busy, and can get a little congested on the river, but is well worth doing.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

its a such a serene view that one could sit alone for hours here to just sit and contemplate. Especially nice on a warm sunny day

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

If you are going to Cambridge a walk around The Backs is a must. Giving outstanding views of the colleges in a pastoral setting, there are cows in the fields in one section, a relaxing stroll around the area is lovely at any time of year.

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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Lived in Cambridge all my life and still find a wander round here as fascinating as ever. The punting boats are good fun and the walk is a pleasant, interesting one. Atmosphere is always lovely rain or shine. Worth a visit if you are in Cambridge.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

If you're visiting Cambridge, it's a great idea to punt along the backs, both for its idyllic atmosphere, and the wonderful views of many of the central and best known colleges. You can also see the backs from within each college on them, or the other bank, but the best way is via punt.

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Huddersfield, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We had a pleasant stroll along here from south to north on a very hot day. I was surprised to see a field of cattle and several beehives. Of course, you can take Cambridge 'signature' photos of the King's College Chapel from The Backs. Access to some of the bridges and colleges is restricted or requires payment. We crossed back... More 

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Southport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Went on the punts run by Trinity College, we had an excellent guide who was both skilled and able to give a detailed commentary of the various colleges , chapels and gardens. A discount is available for early customers. This was a real experience that was the highlight of our trip to Cambridge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Wonderful views of the lovely old college buildings of the university. Kings college chapel was very impressive seen from the river.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Very beautifully kept grounds all along the backs, lovely to enjoy a peaceful punting down them and learn the history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Better to go on a sunny day so that you can really appreciate the views. You can take a punt or walk along side the River Cam and get to see some wonderful scenery. A different view of a number of colleges ((St Johns and Trinity and Kings) whose grounds cover both banks of the river. Open 9am until 4pm... More 

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