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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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  • 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 »
  • This is my favourite walk especially in Spring(lots of ducklings and swans) and in Autumn with glorious colours  more »
  • 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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  • 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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