Cambridge Sculpture Trails was devised by art enthusiasts who were keen to share their joy in finding sculptures in contrasting places, from peaceful college grounds to busy city streets. Many of the sculptures are sited in attractive garden settings which can be savoured whatever the season, while sculptures in streets may be missed unless you know where to look.
The project was launched in 2009, with the aid of a lottery grant. It is an unincorporated association run entirely by volunteers who claim no expenses. We are very grateful for the support we have received, such as grants from Cambridge City Council and generous donations from companies and private individuals.
When the project began, we did not anticipate the vast increase in population, work opportunities and building development that the city is now experiencing. This rapid growth highlights a need to identify and laud the cultural heritage of Cambridge as a place of learning, research and innovation. The stories behind each sculpture do just that by marking historic events and famous people and places.
Let the trails guide you around this historic city, walking as fast or as slowly as you wish and discovering art works by major international figures and increasingly established and up-and-coming sculptors. The element of fun can be an individual experience or shared with friends and family.
We aim to keep up-to-date through our website and app by adding new sculptures as they arrive in central Cambridge through contact with colleges, Commission Project, Futurecity and also Cambridge CIty Council. Free paper guides that map the sculptures are available at various locations including Cambridge Visitor Information Centre, Michaelhouse Café and The Fitzwilliam Museum.
We give contact details for College Porters’ Lodges to enable trail users to check for access, which can be restricted, especially at exam times. Access for disabled visitors to college grounds is usually possible. The Visitor Information Centre publishes “A Disabled Guide to Cambridge”. Telephone 01223 791500.
We thank our supporters for the website: Cambridge City Council and anonymous donors.