The Arts Quarter
Mapping out Cambridge's Arts Quarter
Cambridge has a vibrant Art Scene with many fantastic galleries in the historic centre. We decided to map out the Arts Quarter to highlight the excellent talent in Cambridge.
The Arts Quarter in Cambridge includes Bene’t and Green Street, Kings Parade, Rose Crescent and Trinity Street. A bit further away, to the North, you can find Kettle’s Yard. It’s a very interesting museum, which should be on your list to visit. Their museum shop sells an exquisite selection of art and unique gifts.
A date for your diary is Cambridge Open Studios in July. During this month local artists, craftspeople and designer-makers open their studios to showcase their work.
Cambridge’s Arts Quarter is a lovely area to explore. It takes you to some of the most scenic parts of Cambridge, cobbled streets, art galleries, quirky shops, restaurants and points of interest. We hope you enjoy this area just as much as we do
Bene’t Street is a short, historic street just off Kings Parade. So often missed by locals and visitors to Cambridge. This quaint street is lined with quirky shops and eateries. It’s famous for two of Cambridge’s main attractions, the Corpus Clock and the Eagle Pub.
Every year, many tourists flock to Kings Parade to visit the Cambridge Colleges, with Kings College being the main attraction. Take some time to walk down Kings Parade on the other side. There are some lovely shops and restaurants, mainly independent.
Heading north from Kings Parade is Trinity Street, which is named after Trinity College. You can find Gonville & Caius on the corner and at the end of Trinity Street, St. John’s College. It’s a stunning walk at all times, but mind the cyclists!
This delightful market opposite Trinity College was elected the Best Small Art & Craft Market in 2018. Held every Saturday. All Saints Market is featuring artists and craftists selling their leather-work, jewellery, wood-crafts, pens, stamps, essential oils, pottery, cards and prints, sculpture, fabric art and stained glass.
Another street often missed by visitors to Cambridge. Green Street has always been one of our favourites, and through the efforts of Gonville & Caius, it has become a street full of indie shops. Small bespoke and quirky shops and home to the Cambridge Gin company.
This beautiful street connecting Market and Trinity Street houses a fine collection of fashion shops. Look up, and you’ll spot the pretty rose crescents on the shop signs. Gardenia, also commonly known as Gardi, is the most famous kebab shop in Cambridge.
Head north of the city centre towards Castle Hill for Kettles Yard. This very unusual museum stocks a fantastic collection of art, cards, children books, jewellery, home and giftware. If you don’t have time to visit, check out their online store.
Cambridge’s Arts Quarter is a lovely area to explore. It takes you to some of the most scenic parts of Cambridge, cobbled streets, art galleries, quirky shops, restaurants and points of interest. Here is a round-up of Cambridge’s galleries.
our tip – stay longer
there is so much to do and see, that staying only one day doesn’t seem long enough