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The Backs

Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, England
+44 1223 322640
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Lovely area for a romantic stroll.

The views of the neatly manicured university grounds and the famous architecture and chapels are... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jonathan L
London, United Kingdom
A real old Cambridge look

It takes back into past history of this beautiful historical city which has got a lot of culture... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cambridge, United Kingdom
via mobile
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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good30%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, England
Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, England
+44 1223 322640
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The views of the neatly manicured university grounds and the famous architecture and chapels are fabulous from the "backs", and if you can avoid the crowds like we did (we travelled in January) then this can equally be a peaceful and romantic place for a...More

Thank Jonathan L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It takes back into past history of this beautiful historical city which has got a lot of culture behind it. Seeing the backs through the river is a must.

1  Thank bahf
Reviewed 10 December 2017

If you park along The Backs and walk over one of the bridges or go through one of the Colleges. Magical and usually free. The view of Kings College is spectacular.

Thank Graham B
Reviewed 13 November 2017

Visit the backs, rather than come up from the Railway Station to the Marketplace. This will give you not only an excellent walk through a more serene and beautiful nature-like setting, but allow you to see "the Backs" of the colleges along the River Cam....More

2  Thank pasowine
Reviewed 9 November 2017

This walk gives visitors a chance to look at the many colleges along the way, however, it isn't possible to enter the grounds, so the historical buildings can only be viewed from afar.

Thank 2wirralwanderers
Reviewed 8 November 2017

OK - booked via Groupon - 25-40% cheaper than walk up price. 4 of us went on an hours punt (with 4 other people) - Young guy went along the river from the weir to the 'other end/weir' under the usual bridges and past the...More

Thank JPR_101
Reviewed 5 November 2017

The wind was chilly and the leaves were falling on our walk round this historic feature of Cambridge. There were plenty of queuing for a punt ride and loads of people on the bridges taking pictures of them. All very picturesque ...

Thank machinmad
Reviewed 15 October 2017

A horrible wet day but I was determined to take a punt trip along the Backs. A very informative commentary by the student punter made it a very interesting trip. So much history there just for the taking.

1  Thank ChrisandMick60
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Rather than starting your visit from the urban railway station side of Cambridge, the Backs gives a different and more rural view, running along the River Cam with bridges across to the different colleges. It is easy to stroll in this almost-rural area in the...More

Thank Ian C
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Did this years ago , nice trip along the backs ,of the colleges , you can see kings college chapel from the river from a punt. Which you hire from magdalene bridge ,these now come with a operator, and they take you to the mill...More

Thank irene s
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1 August 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 :)
gerald w
2 July 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
Lucie D
28 September 2015|
Response from CambridgeCat | Reviewed this property |
We hope every visitor to our City wil;l see and enjoy the backs, regardless of age!