Wandering through history in Cambridge, England

King's College was founded by King Henry VI in the 1400s. Visitors can pay to tour the college's chapel, which took more than a century to build.

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By ADAM MATHIS | STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 4, 2013

CAMBRIDGE, England – King’s Parade, which turns into Trumpington Street, is perhaps the busiest street in Cambridge. And because the city is a hub of tourism, filled with historic buildings, shops and restaurants, it’s busy pretty much all of the time.

On the weekend, King’s Parade can be nearly impassable with photo-taking tourists, families with strollers and those wishful-thinkers looking for a leisurely stroll. People come to see the numerous historic colleges that are part of Cambridge University, the university’s museums and tour historic churches for free.

The street also has a bevy of small, typically English shops, with goods ranging from scotch to artwork.


Hobson's Conduit stands where most of the stores end along King's Parade and Trumpington Street in Cambridge, England. The monument used to mark the end of a watercourse, partly paid for by wealthy businessman and mail carrier Thomas Hobson, that brought fresh water to the city in the 1600s. The monument has since been moved to its current location.
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