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The Backs

Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, England
44 1223 322640
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Ranked #10 of 107 attractions in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Beautiful views, well worth seeing but best appreciated from a punt although we walked over most of the bridges, had a wonderful day

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I went to Oxford and this visit really made me think I chose the wrong place.That walk along the backs , over the little bridges and through some of the colleges (Trinity and Kings especially) is magical - as good as Bruges and them European canal type places easily

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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39 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Before we went to Cambridge, I had decided this was a must to see, won't be making that mistake again. It's just paths wandering along with no indication where they go. Some say members of collages are only allowed one way. I think perhaps the only way to see this is on a punt. Not for me

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Wales
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

My wife is a Cambridge uni girl, and so the Backs is a must stroll when we visit Cambridge to see her brother. Always a nice walk with great views of the colleges. The Kings College view is the highlight of the walk for me. Better on a dry and sunny day but hey you can't have that all the... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

This is one of the reasons why I left sunny California. The beauty and the history are just overwhelming. I often find myself going out of my way to may an excuse to visit the backs.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

If you are going to Cambridge you just have to walk along the Backs. Some of the most iconic views of the colleges are from here and the walk through Clare is wonderful.

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shrewsbury, england
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

A quieter stretch of Cambridge with lovely views of the river and college buildings. Probably a better feel for the city than the busy areas around King's College.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

The backs of colleges... It was a nice walk and worthwhile if you're heading somewhere else. I didn't find it nearly as exciting as others.

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

If you want a good view of the grand architecture of the colleges for free, this is by far the best way to do it. Take along a camera with a good zoom lens and walk along the Backs for a leisurely way to take in the view. It's even more spectacular with fall colors. It can be hard to... More

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Overijse, Belgium
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

The backs connects some of the most famous colleges on the back side and provides some nice views on the river Cam (and the many punters, i.e. student employment program)

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