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The Backs

Address: Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, England
Phone Number: 44 1223 322640
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Ranked #10 of 105 Attractions in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Landscaped open areas and gardens weaving behind many colleges on the River Cam, which are known...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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.

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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

We took a punt on a cold winters day in January … blankets were provided. We loved it and am so glad that we did - I would say this is imperative to anyone visiting Cambridge.

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Berlin, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Walking up and down the bridges that lead to the colleges is beautiful. Especially in the fall when the leaves are changing.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Take a punting tour on the river Cam and learn tons of trivia and quirky facts about the Backs, which refers to the back of the university of Cambridge colleges. A most enjoyable and relaxing hour.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Worth wandering down this area behind the main colleges (including behind King's) - lovely green sweeps of lawn, good views across to the impressive buildings, including the back of King's Chapel, and strange sights of heads floating along the lawns (which are actually people punting along the river which is in a dip). Three nice bridges go across the river... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

A sunny day at the Backs is a perfect opportunity to take a picnic and soak up the atmosphere of one of the most tranquil of university scenes - well worth the effort!

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The Backs is a generic name for the area of land that lies between the backs of the colleges and the river Cam. Despite being promoted as a parkland and opportunity to view the colleges in all their glory, it is quite disjointed with most of the parkland being segregated and fenced off by the various colleges. Thus, if you... More 

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

A walk on the Back's is just brilliant - fantastic views of the colleges across the River Cam. Go in spring when the daffodils are out to see it at its best - But great at any time of the year !

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We enjoyed a lovely walk which provided the classic view of Kings Colleg Chapel. Well worth the effort, but no effort if you are walkers!

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

And to get over to your punt hire after visiting one of the colleges! Great photo ops of King's, Clare and Trinity colleges

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

A great walk with super college views, sadly access to the colleges is either not possible from here or a significant charge.

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