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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. Arrange your visit to The Backs and discover more family-friendly attractions in Cambridge using our Cambridge tour planner.
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  • Go punting to see the backs of the Cambridge University Colleges. Lots of stories if you have a good tour guide/book, and the buildings are just beautiful. If you are punting, bring a bottle of wine a...  more »
  • went punting on the backs, as did all the boats! lots of people hire the boats to self punt (easy to see them, they're the ones going into the walls and other boats!!) we had a student from one if the...  more »
  • Cambridge is about relaxing. So many places to sit and people watch and The Backs is the perfect place. Order a drink from either of the two pubs and I suggest a scotch egg and french fries to help it...  more »
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  • 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