Parks & Open Spaces

Parks & Open Spaces

Cambridge truly is a green city – the natural fen landscape flows right into the centre along the river Cam, cows grazing within sight of Kings College Chapel. You can picnic under the trees along The Backs and admire the stunning displays of flowering bulbs in Spring, or while away the hours in beautifully kept College grounds and Fellows gardens.

The public parks and commons provide a paradise for children with play equipment, football pitches and tennis courts.

Riverside parks, grassy commons, cool meadows and flower-filled gardens shape the city as much as its history and heritage.

Parks are plentiful. Jesus Green, close to Jesus College, is a green space in the city centre. The River Cam brushes its northern edge and an avenue of London plane trees provides a leafy canopy over footpaths.

Parker’s Piece is an open space used by locals to lounge around and play football and cricket on the grass; it is famous as the place where, in 1848, students agreed a set of simple guidelines for football which were to influence the development of the Football Association rules.

Midsummer Common is an ancient area of grassland bordered by the River Cam, where you can see the boathouses of the Colleges of the University and watch the rowers on the water.

Coldham’s Common
Park

Coldham’s Common

A very large block of common land near the heart of Cambridge, split in two by the Cambridge-Ipswich railway line. The largest section of the common has a diverse range of habitats which support active and passive recreation.

Coleridge Recreation Ground
Park

Coleridge Recreation Ground

Paddling pool, splashboard, childrens playground, football field, tennis court, and table tennis

Coton Countryside Reserve
Park

Coton Countryside Reserve

Open green space and walking routes.

Donkey Common
Park

Donkey Common

There's a skate ramp, exercise equipment, and table tennis tables.

Fulbourn Fen
Local Nature Reserve

Fulbourn Fen

Fulbourn Fen is a 27.3 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest east of Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire. It is privately owned and managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Histon Road Recreation
Park

Histon Road Recreation

Play area, football goals, modular climber.

Jesus Green
Park

Jesus Green

Swimming pool, toilet block with disabled facilities, refreshment kiosk, tennis courts, play area, table tennis

Lammas Land
Park

Lammas Land

Paddling pool and large play area.

Laundress Green
Park

Laundress Green

Open green space

Light Blue Holdings
City Tours
Leisure Activities
Punting
Tourism

Light Blue Holdings

A truly unique opportunity to enjoy some acoustic music whilst gliding along the River Cam on a chauffeured boat.

Limekiln Close and East Pit local nature reserve
Park

Limekiln Close and East Pit local nature reserve

Close to the busy residential areas of Cherry Hinton, this reserve forms an important habitat for many species. Previously used as quarries, the areas have a more dramatic landscape then most of the surrounding area as it contains white chalk cliffs.

Logan’s Meadow local nature reserve
Local Nature Reserve

Logan’s Meadow local nature reserve

Surrounded by busy streets and the Cam, Logan's Meadows is a perfect spot for a stroll or quiet break overlooking the river. It is a haven for wildlife.

Midsummer Common
Park

Midsummer Common

Midsummer Common is an ancient grassland nestled in the heart of Cambridge. Home to annual midsummer fair, bonfire night, and strawberry fair.

Milton Country Park
Park

Milton Country Park

Milton Country Park is a park situated just North of Cambridge city. Visitor centre and Café

New Square Park
Park

New Square Park

Open green space

Nine Wells local nature reserve
Local Nature Reserve

Nine Wells local nature reserve

The name Nine Wells refers to the number of chalk springs that act as the source for the waterway, Hobson's Conduit. The reserve is a mix of woodland, scrub and water.

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Did you know?

Cambridge can boast of William Wordsworth, Samuel Pepys, Virginia Woolf, Stephen Fry and Prince Charles as alumni of the university.