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The Backs, Cambridge

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Bask in the tranquility of this picturesque area situated by the River Cam. Walk alongside the river or take part in the traditional Cambridge activity of punting. You can rent a punt yourself or take a guided tour. Alternatively, sit with a picnic and watch other people meander down the river. The Backs is located parallel to the back of several University of Cambridge colleges, giving it its name. Bring your camera with you and photograph the grand architecture of the buildings. The area can get very muddy, so wear robust shoes if you plan on going on a walk. With our online itinerary creator, Cambridge attractions like The Backs can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Well you cannot really do only the front of the colleges, you have to wander by the back of their gardens, and enjoy a bit of mud, and mind the COW ;-) 
    Well you cannot really do only the front of the colleges, you have to wander by the back of their gardens, and enjoy a bit of mud, and mind the COW ;-)  more »
  • This is one of the highlights of any walk around Cambridge, as it sees the backs of Kings, Trinity, Queens and Clare (and maybe more?) from the footpath that borders the college land. Good way to get....  more
    This is one of the highlights of any walk around Cambridge, as it sees the backs of Kings, Trinity, Queens and Clare (and maybe more?) from the footpath that borders the college land. Good way to get....  more »
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  • First time visit to the Backs. Amazing views across to the college's, particularly Kings College and the chapel. So much history right in front of you, and loads of photo opportunities! We were lucky enough to be invited to join some friends for a punt along the river, and what a great way to spend an evening! Well worth a visit to the area, and the parking on Queens Road is free after five, so you can catch the setting sun lighting up Kings College and the chapel.
  • Historic back side of Cambridge with pastures and a park like setting. My son goes to school there so we walked the entire place. FOLLOW ME for more thoughtful recommendations as I travel the world 🌎

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