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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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  • Our first ever visit to Cambridge and we won’t ever return!! The most disappointing city we’ve experienced in 40+ years of wandering round cities in the UK and abroad. All the colleges were closed to....  more »
  • A nice place to stroll and to enjoy a drink before going on a punt - even when it rained. Umbrellas kept the worst off and we still enjoyed the tour.  more »
  • Lovely place to come for walks, good views of the universities and the river Cam itself. You can explore lots of historical areas from this area. Very little amounts of litter and not too busy either.
  • Lovely, calm place for an evening stroll. I went with my family and thoroughly enjoyed the peacefulness here. You do get quite a lot of tourists during the day, with most coaches stopping here, but come the evening it is a beautiful, scenic place for walks. The view of the colleges is unique, nowhere else globally is quite like it, and overall a wonderful place to spend an evening.

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