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The Backs, Cambridge
(4.7/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
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
  • good food and atmosphere along the river, really enjoyed the staff and would go again if I am back in Cambridge 
  • It is the back of various collage that overlook the River Cam. I went through a stretch walk and frankly not seemed nothing spectacular. It can be romantic couple to go with the boat on the river but if you go solo no has increased interest
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  • A much loved local attraction. sadly being hit by the nasty tree dieseases of recent years, sadly meaning the removal of some trees. Best time to visit is Spring when the Backs are really at their bes...  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