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Cambridge Market Square

With vendors selling locally produced food and charming arts and crafts, this square is a pleasant place to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Cambridge.

Cambridge Market Square is the beating heart of this quaint city. Here, stalls full of colorful fruit and vegetables stand beside plants, artwork and all sorts of second-hand goods. Make your way through the stands browsing the trinkets and shopping for food, with the impressive Church of St. Mary the Great in the background.

The plaza is also known as Market Hill and has been functioning since the Saxon era. It was once full of buildings, until a major fire in 1849 cleared the area. Take photos of the traditional market stalls with the church’s late Perpendicular-style spire towering over the square. The streets around the market are pedestrianized making it perfect for exploring on foot. 

Peruse the stalls to discover some of Cambridge’s most talented painters, photographers and sculptors. Fresh fish, meat and health foods are also for sale. You’ll even be able to find second-hand bikes and kiosks full of old books and jewelry. 

Be sure to check out the Gothic Revival fountain, which was built in 1855 on the spot where the Hobson’s Conduit waterway used to bring fresh water to the market. The original structure, which dated back to 1614, has been moved to south Cambridge.

If you visit Great St. Mary’s Church, which faces the plaza, make the ascent up the tower to look down at the elegant patterns of the stalls’ roofs. They are all white, with green, red and yellow lines. 

The Cambridge Market Square is located in the heart of the city. Visit during the week and you’ll find that the bazaar resembles a traditional market. Go on Sundays, however, and you’ll be treated to a wider range of products, such as antique furniture and exotic food. After exploring the market, stop by the nearby Cambridge Tourist Information Centre to find out more about the city. The market is just a short walk from King’s College.


Guide to Exploring Cambridge Market Square


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Clayton Hotel Cambridge formerly known as The Tamburlaine Hotel

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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Cambridge, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge and Cambridge Arts Theatre. St Catharine's College and Church of St Mary the Great are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cambridge Station is only a 2-minute walk.

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    ibis Cambridge Central Station

    ibis Cambridge Central Station

    2 Station Square, Cambridge, England
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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      Hilton Cambridge City Centre

      Hilton Cambridge City Centre

      Downing Street, Cambridge, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Cambridge City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences and Cambridge Corn Exchange. University of Cambridge and King's College are also within 10 minutes. Cambridge Station is 19 minutes by foot.

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        The Varsity Hotel & Spa

        24 Thompsons Lane, Cambridge, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Gonville Hotel £122
          Gonville Hotel

          Gonville Hotel

          Gonville Place, Cambridge, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Cambridge City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Our Lady and the English Martyrs, University of Cambridge, and Anglia Ruskin University. Cambridge Corn Exchange and King's College are also within 15 minutes. Cambridge Station is 15 minutes by foot.

            Hotel du Vin & Bistro Cambridge £119
            Hotel du Vin & Bistro Cambridge

            Hotel du Vin & Bistro Cambridge

            15-19 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Cambridge City Centre, this romantic hotel is steps away from Fitzwilliam Museum and University of Cambridge. King's College and Cambridge Corn Exchange are also within 10 minutes. Cambridge Station is 18 minutes by foot.

              University Arms, Autograph Collection £136
              University Arms, Autograph Collection

              University Arms, Autograph Collection

              Regent Street, Cambridge, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Cambridge City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Parker's Piece, University of Cambridge and Cambridge Corn Exchange. Anglia Ruskin University and King's College are also within 10 minutes. Cambridge Station is 15 minutes by foot.

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                Lux Living Apartments - Marino Place

                Lux Living Apartments - Marino Place

                1 Hertford Street, Cambridge, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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