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The Backs

Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, England
+44 1223 322640
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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good31%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“the river” (152 reviews)
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Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Having on previous occasions toured the city on foot and walked most of the Backs, this time we were taken by private punt the full length on water. A most unique way to see the ancient buildings (as well as the modern), the nooks and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You'll see some art and several gardens you can't see from the front as well as views of the river Cam.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can never get away from the crowds in Cambridge but despite the fact that coaches unload and park along the Backs, it's much quieter and gives a different view of the lawns and backs of colleges.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The backs are beautiful on foot but along a fairy busy road or in a punt. Truly a different way of seeing the colleges. You also get to see lots of the other attractions listed separately such as the bridge of sighs and the mathematical...More

Thank Michel
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The backs are a name or all the gardens and backs of the colleges that back on to he River Cam and in my opinion are best seen from a punt on the river. English architecture at its best.

Thank rayrest
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Reviewed May 15, 2018

We enjoyed walking round the Backs, watching the punts etc. Pretty area, with attractive bridges. We were disappointed not to be able to find anywhere to buy an ice cream though.

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Reviewed May 11, 2018

We were unfortunately unable to go bunting because it was too cold for us, but the Backs are a lovely nature walk and allows you to walk on the quiet stretch of water. A nice way to unwind from a stressful day.

Thank Amanda A
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Reviewed April 29, 2018

You can walk along the Backs, or you can drive by but wither way this is a view from bygone age. Just seeing the back of King's College would be enough, but the Oakland surrounding it is sublime.

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Reviewed April 16, 2018

The Backs, known as such as several of the early Cambridge Colleges back onto the river, is a pleasant place to spend time. Especially in the summer, it's nice to spend time there, perhaps with a picnic with friends. Otherwise, the most popular way to...More

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Reviewed April 15, 2018

As well as admiring the Colleges from the town, they take on a different aspect when viewed whilst on a punt drifting down the River Cam. We paid £10 for the Alumni trip and Josh our punting guide was excellent

1  Thank Sylvia W
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Jomopo
August 1, 2016|
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Response from MonsunowaMegha | Reviewed this property |
It might be risky as there is a lot of animals around there, starting from water birds and ending on huge cows :)
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gerald w
July 2, 2016|
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Response from Kevin C | Reviewed this property |
Parking in Cambridge is a pain and expensive. At time of writing nearly £28 per day. There is parking on the Backs but this is restricted. Best thing to do is to take one of the Park and Ride services. The closest is... More
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