Four easy-to-follow walking trails guide you round the vast array of 20th and 21st century sculpture sited throughout the city and in college settings. The map is divided into three separate trails which you can leave and re-join at any point. There is a wide variety of cafes, restaurants and pubs on Trails 1 and 2.
Trail 1 – South Cambridge
Trail One begins near the Railway Station and ends with a view across Midsummer Common to the River Cam. On the way you will pass by an evocative Memorial to those who have died in conflict, and discover The Fitzwilliam Museum and the Scott Polar Institute. You will also skirt the open space known as Parker’s Piece where the rules for football as we know it today were drawn up. This walk will take approximately two hours to complete.
Trail 2 – City Centre
Trail Two begins at the Cambridge Visitor Information Centre, just off the market square in the centre of historic Cambridge. You will see over 30 sculptures, situated both in public settings and in college grounds, from crocodiles, bears and bronze horses to works by renowned modern sculptors including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Antony Gormley. There is a permanent collection of 16 sculptures in Jesus College which could form a separate visit.
Trail 3 – West Cambridge
If you want a tranquil experience away from the city centre, then follow Trail Three which takes in several Cambridge college gardens. The walk starts at Churchill College which can be accessed from Madingley Road Park & Ride buses that also connect to the city centre. Ask at the Porters’ Lodge for a map of their sculptures. The trail continues via Trinity Hall Wychfield Site onto Huntingdon Road where you will find the entrance to Murray Edwards College, and ends at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences. This walk takes around two hours, with no facilities en route.
Trail 4 – Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Starting in the undulating landscaped green space between Papworth Hospital and AstraZeneca, Trail 4 will lead you to some of the newest contemporary art and sculpture in Cambridge as well as those that have been part of the Addenbrooke’s Art Project for many years. The self-guided route can be accessed at any point and will take up to two hours to walk. The route ends outside the Rosie Maternity Hospital. Cycling is possible as there are some cycle paths but walking may still be required in parts due to the one-way road system in places. Access to the site is best by cycle or public transport. There is a frequent bus service and Trumpington Park and Ride and Babraham Park and Ride are very convenient, the Guided Bus stops in ‘The Green and the Gardens’. Visitor parking is also available on the site.