We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
All photos (197)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good30%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“the river”(156 reviews)
“lovely walk”(12 reviews)
Landscaped open areas and gardens weaving behind many colleges on the River Cam, which are known for their daffodils and crocuses in the spring, and stunning views of the colleges across the river at any time of year.
As featured in 3 Days in Cambridge
Queens' Road, Cambridge CB3 9AH, England
+44 1223 322640
Ways to Experience The Backs
from US$14,50
More Info
from US$99,10
More Info
Reviews (515)
Filter reviews
454 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews the river lovely walk kings college chapel cambridge colleges sunny day guided punt bridge of sighs punts picnic stroll clare punters students antics paths land ducks
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 454 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walked along the backs from Cambridge to the town of Grantchester enjoying the scenery all along the way! Beautiful unspoiled land and riverbanks all the way.

Thank GoPlaces797989
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

It is not the views, it is not the punting experience, it is not the guide tour about all the colleges and Cambridge History, it is all of them!

Thank damianmadrid
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Punting on the Backs if both beautiful and great fun. You need to avoid the weekends, very hot sunny days and holidays. If you don't want to do all the work yourself and prefer to sit back with a glass of champagne you can get...More

Thank Margaret J
Reviewed 17 September 2018

walking hand in hand is lovely walking along the backs admiring the fabulous views of the colleges on both sides of the road.

Thank michellemS9557UJ
Reviewed 12 September 2018

This is a lovely place to walk by the river to view the back of some of the colleges including Kings.

Thank Pam D
Reviewed 30 August 2018

greenery and trees with plenty of benches, the river runs along, we fed the ducks here. Its the place where the coaches set down and pick up

Thank Julie B
Reviewed 26 August 2018

Any visitor to Cambridge should make sure they walk along the “backs”. This walk offers great views of the colleges, including Kings College Chapel. I love locally but never tire of the views in this area, whatever the season.

Thank muggleUk_
Reviewed 22 August 2018

The real Cambridge. Nature and elegance, willows and bridges, atmosphere and academia along the banks of the river.

Thank hungryveganfamily
Reviewed 13 August 2018

Hire a punt, take a picnic from the M & S store on the square. Gardens and atmosphere wonderful. Crowded in August, but not like Trumpington Street at the front of the colleges.

Thank wfatom
Reviewed 7 August 2018

The best views of many colleges are gained from a stroll along the Backs - particularly so of the iconic view of Kings.

Thank James P
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 34 nearby hotels
Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge City Centre
174 reviews
.46 km away
Hilton Cambridge City Centre
859 reviews
.55 km away
The Varsity Hotel & Spa
2 799 reviews
.72 km away
Hotel du Vin Cambridge
1 050 reviews
.78 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 756 nearby restaurants
Jack's Gelato
127 reviews
.29 km away
Bread & Meat
695 reviews
.31 km away
999 reviews
.35 km away
The Cambridge Chop House
1 723 reviews
.26 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 334 nearby attractions
King's College Chapel
2 965 reviews
.23 km away
King's College
539 reviews
.23 km away
Queens' College
168 reviews
.23 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
2 May 2018|
Response from jazoia |
Probably too late to answer, but it’s fine all year round. you will certainly find muddy patches, but there’s always a dry path and a tarmac lane you can walk or ride on
1 August 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from MonsunowaMegha | Reviewed this property |
It might be risky as there is a lot of animals around there, starting from water birds and ending on huge cows :)
gerald w
2 July 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Kevin C | Reviewed this property |
Parking in Cambridge is a pain and expensive. At time of writing nearly £28 per day. There is parking on the Backs but this is restricted. Best thing to do is to take one of the Park and Ride services. The closest is... More