Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Cambridgeshire  /  Cambridge  /  Wildlife Areas  /  The Backs
The Backs, Cambridge
(4.7/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
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. Arrange your visit to The Backs and discover more family-friendly attractions in Cambridge using our Cambridge tour planner.
Create a full Cambridge itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Cambridge

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Cambridge by other users

15 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM THAILAND April, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 18 days in United Kingdom & Paris BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, kids, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, kids, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Cambridge BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 1 day in Cambridge BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, culture, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in England BY A USER FROM INDONESIA June, kids, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 33 days in Europe BY A USER FROM CHINA January, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, teens, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM HONG KONG December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I visited yesterday and was surprised by the beauty of all the colourful boats lined up. Great area for photography as the animals will come up close to you. 
  • Just two days living in Cambridge I went on one of these. The guide tells stories and the time flies you!
    View original
  • We approached the Backs from St Johns college and as the sun shone it was a lovely surprise on my first trip to Cambridge. Watch the punters punting, admire the gardens, envy the students, imagine the...  more »
Google
  • The best reason for visiting Cambridge over Oxford. If you can get a punt and head down the river, the views are phenomenal. The first thing any self-respective tourist should try to do! But beware of the punt touts - often better to hire your own.
  • Greatest sight for King's College Chapel! #MustSee