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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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Something one should do, at least once

It is a lovely area for a walk and to people watch. However like much of Cambridge it can be completely overrun with tourists, some of whom come from countries in the World where... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

It is a lovely area for a walk and to people watch. However like much of Cambridge it can be completely overrun with tourists, some of whom come from countries in the World where good manners are not taught and conventions are clearly different. So be aware and chose carefully when you visit ~ eg not Public Holidays or at... More 

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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

First days of Summer and September, Dreams are made of this. Do it on a Punt and Join the ah Punting Club.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The back ie the backs of the colleges. We were able to walk through some of the college and gaze in wonder at the buildings and the gardens even though the colleges were closed.Looking into the gardens of Clare makes one feel like Alice in Wonderland - desperate but unable to get in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Hire the punt from one of the companies and explore the backs. Beautiful views, romantic atmosphere. Great experience

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The only way to see The Backs is by punt. The Backs are really, in many ways really The Fronts since they are the most splendid views of the Cambridge college buildings and built to be seen from the river. From the river as well as the five hundred years of college buildings you will see the iconic view of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Parking can be a headache, but go at the weekend and it is only about £1 an hour - or park in the Histon Road and walk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This is the Cambridge of films, paintings and novels. We were lucky with the weather, so it was an idyllic way to see the colleges and greens. Beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

A brilliant place to walk in Cambridge, stroll along the canal, enjoy the views of Kings college, Trinity college, St john's etc. sit and relax, enjoy the sun... brilliant place on a sunny day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

There is only one way to see the 'backs' of the colleges, and that is by punting along the River Cam. I would suggest buying a ticket for one of the guided boats rather than trying to punt yourself - it really is much harder than it looks!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We were wandering around at Clare College and happily discovered The Backs. Such a serene place with breathtaking view of the River Cam. Loving this place!! ❤️

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