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Great St. Mary's Church marks the beginning of King's Parade, a historical street and tourist magnet. Entry to the church is free, but there is a fee for going up into the church tower for a view of the city.

Great St. Mary's Church marks the beginning of King's Parade, a historical street and tourist magnet. Entry to the church is free, but there is a fee for going up into the church tower for a view of the city. (Adam L. Mathis/Stars and Stripes)

Great St. Mary's Church marks the beginning of King's Parade, a historical street and tourist magnet. Entry to the church is free, but there is a fee for going up into the church tower for a view of the city.

Great St. Mary's Church marks the beginning of King's Parade, a historical street and tourist magnet. Entry to the church is free, but there is a fee for going up into the church tower for a view of the city. (Adam L. Mathis/Stars and Stripes)

King's Parade, which turns into Trumpington Street, is home to numerous historical buildings and shops and, when not jammed with tourists, it's a great street just for strolling.

King's Parade, which turns into Trumpington Street, is home to numerous historical buildings and shops and, when not jammed with tourists, it's a great street just for strolling. (Adam L. Mathis/Stars and Stripes)

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.

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. (Adam L. Mathis/Stars and Stripes)

Cambridge University has numerous colleges along King's Parade and Trumpington Street and some of them date back centuries. Visitors may have to pay a small fee to visit a college for sightseeing.

Cambridge University has numerous colleges along King's Parade and Trumpington Street and some of them date back centuries. Visitors may have to pay a small fee to visit a college for sightseeing. (Adam L. Mathis/Stars and Stripes)

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.

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. (Adam L. Mathis/Stars and Stripes)

Emmanuel United Reformed Church is one of the stately sites visitors can tour along Trumpington Street. A tour of the sanctuary is free.

Emmanuel United Reformed Church is one of the stately sites visitors can tour along Trumpington Street. A tour of the sanctuary is free. (Adam L. Mathis/Stars and Stripes)

A colorful display of sweets welcomes customers to Mr. Simms candy store, one of the many shops and restaurants along King's Way and Trumpington Street.

A colorful display of sweets welcomes customers to Mr. Simms candy store, one of the many shops and restaurants along King's Way and Trumpington Street. (Adam L. Mathis/Stars and Stripes)

King's Parade and Trumpington Street can be packed on the weekends, as this photo taken Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, shows. If you visit on a Saturday, expect the sidewalks to be jammed with tourists.

King's Parade and Trumpington Street can be packed on the weekends, as this photo taken Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, shows. If you visit on a Saturday, expect the sidewalks to be jammed with tourists. (Adam L. Mathis/Stars and Stripes)

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.

mathis.adam@stripes.com

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