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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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TripAdvisor
  • Watch the punters on the river, view college gardens, and the backside of the colleges. Not strenuous at all  more »
  • The Backs is fantastic seen from a punt, although you can walk the cris cross of bridges. Very old piece of England.  more »
  • The backs are actually the back gardens of the universities and can be best seen from the river Cam.  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