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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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  • It is good to walk around the backs of Cambridge at any time. But it is more fun to go on a punt on a bright sunny day than a wet spring one. The buildings also shine much better on a sunny day, altho...  more »
  • Over the River on punts (rod by flat-bottomed boat) is classic. Is that that goes many punt during the tourist season, according to the friends of Cambridge University students, but still a long waiting to Board.
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  • Very nice walk even in winter when the public doesn't have access to boats reserved for organized tours. We walk among the geese geese resting on the grass and you can see the back of the colleges.
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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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