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Address: Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, England
Phone Number: 44 1223 322640
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Landscaped open areas and gardens weaving behind many colleges on the River...

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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Beautiful & scenic

A walk down the backs or a run is such a great experience - greenery and the beautiful colleges. Lovely!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Hafi R

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A walk down the backs or a run is such a great experience - greenery and the beautiful colleges. Lovely!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were just visiting Cambridge for the day and just had a walk down the backs sat and watched the punts going by.

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Thank Margaret B
Bicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Even on a chilly January day this is a pleasant scenic walk. One tip for tourists walking around Cambridge is to be very aware of the many cyclists using the footpaths. As a tourist you may wish to look at something to your left or right. Don't step to the side without looking behind you!

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1 Thank Stuart M
Lafayette, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Shared a sunny day on a guided punt down the Cam. this is about the only way to see the beautiful Backs as colleges are closed to the public.

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Thank 27worldtraveler
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Amazing views of the colleges and a great place to take family for a view of King's College Chapel and neighbouring colleges away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

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Thank Rachel A
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

I see a lot of reviews are from people who have taken a punt down the river. However, another option is simply to walk along the path worth great views of the colleges. The view of Kings College Chapel across the fields, is a treat on its own.

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Thank Tenorman41
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

If your in Cambridge YOU need to take a punt, advice.. in summer hire a punt and do it yourself, in winter hire it and snuggle up under a blanket and just listen to the guides history lesson. Either way a bottle of bubbly is always recommended, as long as your not driving. The backs are truly stunning at all... More 

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2 Thank Robert Y
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

This area is very relaxing. It's all green, covered in grass, with many tress around the river which also makes it quite romantic. The little bridges add also a bit of romance :) From here, you can have great views of some of the colleges, including King's College and its landmark chapel. A must do!

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

There are numerous paths which traverse the Backs. A perfect way to see the backs of some of the Cambridge colleges. One downside is that there is a coach drop-off point on Queen's Road.

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Aveiro, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

The perfect view to the colleges and to the River. If you got the chance take a punting tour it's very good and you enjoy more the city

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