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The Backs

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Address: Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, England
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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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Go punting and see Backs of many of Cambridge University Colleges

Backs are the most beautiful things to do, then visiting Cambridge. You can see The Backs (gardens of Colleges of Cambridge University) by walking, But the best way to explore it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Backs are the most beautiful things to do, then visiting Cambridge. You can see The Backs (gardens of Colleges of Cambridge University) by walking, But the best way to explore it - by going on punting tour. A nice guy will take you by bout down the river Came and will tell the stories about Uni and Collages.

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I made this walk in the summer, early morning, probably the best time. Starting on the corner of Madingley Road/ Queen's Road to Silver Street it is 1,3 km, a little less than a mile. When you want to walk more, you can follow the river and walk to the Botanic Gardens 1,65 km. The Backs are what it says:... More 

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Mount Airy, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

good food and atmosphere along the river, really enjoyed the staff and would go again if I am back in Cambridge

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

A much loved local attraction. sadly being hit by the nasty tree dieseases of recent years, sadly meaning the removal of some trees. Best time to visit is Spring when the Backs are really at their best, showing the glory of Kings College chapel beyond the river bank, and carpets of snowdrops and multi-colour crocus, a real joy to see,... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

Not easy to get down the backs while walking - you have to be prepared to keep going onto the main road at back as some of access private. But the absolute best views of the colleges so persist or book a punting tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

I have lived in Cambridge most of my life and frequently I would swim, canoe, Punt and walk along the university backs. My best times have been around this area and that is why everyone who can should experience this wonderful place. Summertime is the best time to come but with a warm coat and a warm hat, the winter... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

I visited yesterday and was surprised by the beauty of all the colourful boats lined up. Great area for photography as the animals will come up close to you.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

We approached the Backs from St Johns college and as the sun shone it was a lovely surprise on my first trip to Cambridge. Watch the punters punting, admire the gardens, envy the students, imagine the poets who were probably inspired there!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

Loved the trip along the backs. Really enjoyed all of Cambridge so many lovely places to see. Will love to go back.

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Telford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

We chose to walk along The Backs, rather than go on a punt. We could see more of the college grounds from our level, than people on punts. We ended our walk at The Granta pub, well worth a visit!

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