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The Backs

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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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A (almost) Peaceful Stroll

Walking along the backs is a really lovely wander, with picturesque scenery and at one point you can even go and sit at the edge of the river opposite Trinity Hall (just watch out... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Cambridge, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Walking along the backs is a really lovely wander, with picturesque scenery and at one point you can even go and sit at the edge of the river opposite Trinity Hall (just watch out for the ducks and their droppings!). The only drawback is that at certain points the traffic on Queen's road can be rather oppressive and you may... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The punting is something that people seem to do when visiting Cambridge, so I thought I give it a go. The punting was £15 each person on the punt and the one we were on, was very informative, in terms of the guide explaining what the university buildings were on the side of the river and the history behind it.... More 

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Thank Deepak R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Punting down "The Backs" is certainly one of the more picturesque experiences to have when in Cambridge. This section of the river Cam is as rich in educational world history and culture as the Nile is to world civilisation. The history of these colleges of Cambridge University which "back" onto the river is so colourful that you want to make... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This really is a must-do if visiting Cambridge. The oarsman on our punt was very informative and the views of the Universities and grounds were beautiful. The tour along the River Cam took approximately 45 minutes, travelling both up and down the River. The river did get a little crowded at some points, mainly due to inexperienced punters 'having a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Shared a 'chauffeured' punt with eight others. Very relaxing ride along the backs with informative guide. Worth the expense - highly recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To walk alongside river Cam, what is commonly called the Backs, is really nice. Something to enjoy when having visited Kings College Chapel, Trinity College, etc.

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Thank GothenburgProfessor
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed punting and walking on the back streets and exploring Cambridge by foot The backs are ok to visit but standing in bridges us the best

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one area of Cambridge I now very well, but normally I see it at night, I just happen to be a night porter at Clare College. I would say to the day time living people, that spring is the best time to visit with the early flowers appearing beside the college paths and in the grass. Please be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

"The Backs" refers to the backside of the various colleges along the river Cam. You go "punting" in which a young person poles the flat bottomed boat along the river while you enjoy the passing scenery. Trip lasts about 45 mins. You may go with a group of others, up to 12 per boat. Or rent one just for yourself... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

There is nothing more beautiful than wandering along the backs on a warm summer evening. Having lived in Cambridge for four years, I regularly walked, cycled, and ran along the backs. Here you will view the magic of Cambridge.

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