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The Backs

Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, England
44 1223 322640
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Ranked #13 of 107 attractions in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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... more » 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. « less
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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This is one place you must visit after touring the city,preferably in the evening. Bring a bottle or two with you and some lite bites. The best times to go on the backs are in the evening,autumn or winter or as early in the morning as possible as you will have more time to take in the sites around you,and... More

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São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil
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80 reviews 80 reviews
34 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

It is a nice place and one of the best place to take a picture of the front of King College Chapel and University of Cambridge. Also, a nice place to park the car by a reasonable price.

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thousand oaks, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

After punting on the Cam, which affords a nice view of the fronts of many of the famous colleges, it's nice to have a walk along the Backs, an easy trail, which takes you to entrances to the backs of several of the colleges, including King's and Trinity.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I was very surprised to find, after hearing so many glowing comments about the lovely Backs, that you're not actually allowed - as an ordinary visitor to Cambridge - to walk on the paths next to the river. Most of those are the exclusive property of the colleges, you see. You might be allowed to pay money to walk along... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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63 reviews 63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

One can never have enough of the beauty of the backs, only marred by the entry restrictions to colleges... But hey, you are walking in the backs, when you are walking there. Personally, i can walk here for ever...

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London, United Kingdom
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142 reviews 142 reviews
56 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Full of atmosphere and gives one a real feel of the place and it's history really worth walking around

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Hampshire
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Took a punt out ourselves from one of the many punt hire place in order to see the backs (- quite expensive but a nice way to see the area.) Very interesting and scenic part of Cambridge to visit and a nice way to while away an hour or so.

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Sydney, Australia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The Backs - walked here on the 2 hour free footprints waking tour. Very green, just outside main area of city and colleges, great view of kings college.

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Adstock, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Beautiful punting here with a picnic among the May Balls in the evening (in June of course). Make sure that the dress up and act the part (same as in a Paris Restaurant or any other great venue) - the human part of the scenery is just made up of people like you and if everyone wears anoraks and views... More

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San Diego, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

A true experience of Cambridge thru The Backs. Just stroll or hop on a punt to experience beautiful Cambridge.

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