Parker's Piece

Location: Crowne Plaza, Cambridge

24 hours, year round


One of Cambridge's most-visited and glorious beauty spots, Parker's Piece spans 25 acres of open grassland in the centre of the city. It was named after Edward Parker, a local resident who leased the space from the city's Trinity College. Parker's Piece has gone down in history as far as modern football is concerned – it's the place where the game of association football first took shape in the 19th century. Visitors should keep an eye out for Reality Checkpoint, a large lamppost situated in the middle of the park, at the intersection of its diagonal paths. The green is ideal for games of football or cricket, picnics, and lazy days in the sun, with various events often planned throughout the year.