Clare College
Clare College

Opening Times

The Gardens are currently closed due to the ongoing refurbishment of Old Court and the development of the Riverside Cafe. We hope to reopen the Gardens to the public in the summer of 2025. 

The Gardens Team

The Gardens are managed by Head Gardener, Kate Hargreaves, and her team. Please contact Kate at if you have any questions about the gardens. 

The Backs Landscape Strategy

The Backs is an iconic landscape recognized around the world as a landscape of outstanding beauty. The six Colleges on the Backs commissioned Robert Myers Associates to prepare a masterplan for the Backs setting out a broad framework for its future evolution over the next 50 years. The Report was completed in November 2007 and following consultation with the Cambridge City Council and English Heritage is in the process of being adopted. The Backs were listed as a Grade I Historic Park in 1995.


Where to find us

The Gardens are located across the College sites, covering Trinity Lane, the Backs, Memorial Court, and Castle Court. 


Photography Credits:

Howard Rice Photography

Clive Boursnell Photography

Kate Hargreaves

Hubertus Jahn

Steve Elstub