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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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Best view in Cambridge

By going behind the colleges one can conduct a beguiling walk along the Cam and see some of the most spectacular academic scenery in the world.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Columbia, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

By going behind the colleges one can conduct a beguiling walk along the Cam and see some of the most spectacular academic scenery in the world.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I'm not sure what can be added that hasn't already been said. Walk the backs of Cambridge and it's all free. It is a beautiful way to experience Cambridge and to take in both the peace and the thrill of being in this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely, peaceful, pretty walk along the backs of Cambridge University Colleges. Access to the various colleges along the way

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Monza, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

River Cam and the surrounding vegetation are suggestive almost everywhere. For this reason I like this part of Cambridge so much. Sitting on a bench watching at ducks and swans while some people are punting: what a sense of peace! Colleges and bridges complete the scene.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the area which you could say is the backbone of Cambridge and certainly worth taking time to experience with time on your side

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cambridge is a beautiful city, the buildings are amazing, so many well known people are associated with this place and the history is very interesting, taking a trip on a punt along the backs was very peaceful, there were quite a few other punts and water craft but it was still quite and we got some fantastic views of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would thoroughly recommend walking 'The Backs'. You get free views of many of the colleges and lovely river views. If you have the time and money take a punt of course but this is a great alternative. I would suggest starting your walk from behind Trinity Hall taking Garrett Hostel Lane to The Backs then heading South to Silver... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No visit to Cambridge is complete without a walk down the Backs. This is what makes Cambridge unique: visitors have a chance to see into the delightful college gardens and to take in the splendid scenery of attractive historic buildings. In springtime the flowers alone make a marvellous display.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Saw this as part of our trip down the river on a Punt. Plenty information provided by the young lady delivering the tour

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

Nice walk with lovely views of the Cam and of King's College chapel. Your could sit and have a picknic along the rive here if you wanted.

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