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The Backs

Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, England
44 1223 322640
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Ranked #11 of 109 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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

If you are going to Cambridge, you must visit The Backs. There, you should punt your way through the river Cam and visit the backs of Queens' College, King's College, Clare College, Trinity Hall and Trinity College, perhaps the most beautiful landscapes in Cambridge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Returned to the Backs during a visit to the area. A wonderful place to visit where you can stroll along the river, just sit and relax in beautiful surroundings, or if you are feeling energetic you could hire a punt and punt along the river. This is great fun although there is a definite technique, not only for propelling the... More

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Cambridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

A walk along the Backs is a must for any visitor. You can see many of the colleges by walking along the path along Queens Road. The alternative view is from a punt from one of the many punt operators. Kings College looks wonderful in the sun and the snow.

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Bourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

A walk along The Backs provides you with the iconic view and photo opportunity of Cambridge's Kings College Chapel. The bridges over the Cam allow you a prime view the novices trying out punting in a festival-like atmosphere. A stroll along The Backs is a 'must-do' on a visit to Cambridge.

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Norfolk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Travelling many times to Cambridge over the years on business but not actually taking time to be a 'tourist' was a mistake (probably as we live so close), the place is lovely. Plenty of places to pop in for a bite, drink or loo. Little market, good shopping by the looks. Excellent architecture, the place buzzes (although it was fresher's)... More

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Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Very scenic views of the 'backs' of some of the iconic colleges in Cambridge..including the magnificent 'Kings' college. The river Cam runs through the grounds, with various bridges over, and plenty of 'punting'. Nice manicured gardens too. Worth a look.

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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We sat down here to eat our picnic and were lucky enough to be spectators at a wedding! Punters passing by... Such a serene place even on a busy Sunday.

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Cambridge, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The backs offer a fabulous view of the colleges with a completely different viewpoint from the front street views. Set in a lovely leafy environment with access to a bridges and gardens. It's nice to take the time to wander along the pathways, enjoy the ducks in the river and even sit and watch the world go by.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Not to be missed is punting along the backs, the best way to see them. Punt tours are available but punting is not too hard, so have a go yourself.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It was exciting to walk along at the back of some of the colleges. Different views, and fun to see another side of the beautiful buildings. And, to see some of the gardens!

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