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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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  • August 17, 2017
    I'm a local, and on my days off in the summer I love nothing more than a stroll down the backs, or sitting on the rivers edge with a book, watching the swans and punts drift by (it's a good place to n...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This is my favourite walk especially in Spring(lots of ducklings and swans) and in Autumn with glorious colours  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    I returned here after having been here before as it is so pleasant on a warm day. It is great walking along by the river.  more »
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  • Fantastic place full of history and amazing architecture. Need to spend more the one day there
  • Absolutely beautiful stretch of road along the college backs. Take the time to explore all the bridges and the quintessential British gardens!
  • Nice green open space away from the hustle and bustle of the tourists in the centre
  • Such a wonderful place! Magical.
  • One of the most beautiful parts of the city, best to punt down it.

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With over 150 hotels, B&Bs, inns, and self-catering facilities, Cambridge offers a wealth of lodging options for every taste and budget. While visiting this heritage-rich city, you can even enjoy the university experience by staying in a college room. These centrally located B&B rooms offer an inexpensive and convenient alternative to staying in the city's hotels. You can retrace the footsteps of the university's famous graduates, grab a meal in the college hall, get lost in the campus and hidden courtyards, and end the day with a drink in the college bar.
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