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.

Paradise local nature reserve
Local Nature Reserve

Paradise local nature reserve

Close to the River Cam and near the older part of Cambridge, Paradise has a range of habitats including woodland, marshes and the river itself.

Parker’s Piece
Park

Parker’s Piece

Open green space for football and cricket

Romsey Recreation Ground

Romsey Recreation Ground

Romsey Recreation Ground is a Victorian park located in the Romsey area of Cambridge.

Sheep’s Green
Park

Sheep’s Green

Sheep's Green is situated to the west of Coe Fen and runs along the west bank of the river Cam. It is an ideal place to walk along the river and get away from the busy city streets.

St Matthew’s Piece
Park

St Matthew’s Piece

This park has spring rockers, swings and a climber for younger children. For older children there’s a modular climber, nest swing and a basketball half-court.

Stourbridge Common
Park

Stourbridge Common

Stourbridge Common is a scenic, riverfront greenspace with a paved walking pathway. The all-ages play area has spring rockers, a modular climber, runway and rotating unit.

The Backs
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Key Sites to Visit
Park

The Backs

The Backs is a picturesque area to the east of Queen's Road in the city of Cambridge, England, where several colleges of the University of Cambridge back on to the River Cam, their grounds covering both banks of the river.

Thorpe Way play area
Park

Thorpe Way play area

Climber, swings and trim trail for younger children. For older children there are toners, rotating units, swings, a surf rider, runway and full ball court, fitness zone and climbing boulders.

Wandlebury Country Park
Local Nature Reserve

Wandlebury Country Park

Wandlebury Country Park and Nature Reserve, in the suburbs, encompasses more than 40 hectares / 100 acres. This historic parkland features numerous nature trails, wild flower meadows, large trees and shrubs, seating areas, large expanses of grass and scenic views

West Pit local nature reserve
Local Nature Reserve

West Pit local nature reserve

Hosting a variety of wild flowers in the warmer months, the West Pit varies slightly from Lime Kiln and East Pit reserve in that it is greener with more mature trees.

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