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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. With our online itinerary creator, Cambridge attractions like The Backs can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Perhaps it was the spring sunshine but this was a wonderful place to be. We visited Cambridge for the weekend and followed a self-guided walk around the city which took in some of the highlights. The ...  more »
  • 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 t...  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • Happy memories of punting on the Backs down the back of King's college back when I was young. Can't wait to go back...
  • 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
  • Beautiful scenery in the heart of the town

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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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