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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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  • If you need to go from one end of Cambridge to the other, avoiding the shops, this is definitely the most relaxing, scenic and pleasant route. A must for tourists to capture key views of the colleges.  more »
  • Great views of the Colleges but it is a pity that the river side walks are private and not public. Would love to easily get to see the Bridge of Sighs  more »
  • The views along the backs never disappoints but at this time of year (early Spring) the lilac crocus are in full bloom and look beautiful. The colleges are stunning.  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