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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.
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Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I spent some hours in the park with my husband, amazing landscape with a lot of greenery and very interesting architecture. We loved it!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mariahcox80
Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a very pleasant tour to do. The views are iconic and timeless. A good way to escape the crowds in the city centre and while away the time.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SquareBearSS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A tranquil and beautiful scene - just like a picture postcard. We decided to stroll along the backs rather than get a punt, but the view is equally as stunning.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MsKMs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is perfect for a peaceful walk in the early morning, providing amazing views of the surrounding landscape. The area is a nice quiet space away from the hustle of the city centre but always watch out for cyclists.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank AmyGilbert16
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Backs are one of several things that make Cambridge much more picturesque than Oxford. I've been along the backs countless times, and it never, ever fails to charm.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sebulus-Palmer
Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

You can cover the backs by walking or punting. And you can have someone punt for you or do self punting. But i would definitely suggest going through the Backs by punting as you get a different and more peaceful view of the colleges.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 5, 2018

Good view of kings cathedral, nice walk You cant access bridge of sighs you need to. See this by accessing st johns

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank orca111
Reviewed October 16, 2018

Walked along the backs from Cambridge to the town of Grantchester enjoying the scenery all along the way! Beautiful unspoiled land and riverbanks all the way.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

It is not the views, it is not the punting experience, it is not the guide tour about all the colleges and Cambridge History, it is all of them!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank damianmadrid
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Punting on the Backs if both beautiful and great fun. You need to avoid the weekends, very hot sunny days and holidays. If you don't want to do all the work yourself and prefer to sit back with a glass of champagne you can get...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Margaret J
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owenlavington
May 2, 2018|
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Response from jazoia |
Probably too late to answer, but it’s fine all year round. you will certainly find muddy patches, but there’s always a dry path and a tarmac lane you can walk or ride on
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Jomopo
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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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