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Jesus Green, Cambridge

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
Jesus Green is a park in the north of central Cambridge, England. It is located north of Jesus College, hence the name. Jesus Ditch runs along the southern edge Jesus Green. On the northern edge of Jesus Green is the River Cam, with Chesterton Road (the A1303) on the opposite side. To the east is Victoria Avenue and beyond that Midsummer Common, common land that is still used for grazing. Victoria Avenue crosses the Cam at Victoria Bridge, connecting to Chesterton Road, at the northeastern corner of Jesus Green.Jesus Green was separated from Midsummer Common in 1890 when Victoria Avenue was built. Jesus Green has since become a park and is no longer maintained in a state suitable for grazing.The Jesus Green Swimming Pool is a lido on the northern edge of Jesus Green next to the River Cam. It is one of the few remaining examples of the lidos built across the country in the 1920s. It is among the longest outdoor swimming pools in Europe at 100 yards (91 m) in length.Close by on the River Cam is Jesus Lock. The stretch north (downstream) of Jesus Lock is sometimes called the lower river. The stretch between Jesus Lock and Baits Bite Lock is much used for rowing. There are also many residential boats on this stretch, their occupants forming a community who call themselves the Camboaters. The stretch above Jesus Lock is sometimes known as the middle river. Access for mechanically powered boats is prohibited above 'La Mimosa' public house (at the upstream end of Jesus Green) between 1 April and 30 September, when the middle (and upper) river are open only to manually propelled craft, many traditional flat-bottomed punts.
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  • Lovely well kept popular park area. Jesus Green is close to the River cam with canal boats and theres also plenty to see and do 
  • As others have said, this is is a lovely, tranquil walk past the River Cam. We appreciated this area during our stay at Jesus College. 
  • Jesus Green is a lovely walk, as it runs past the River Cam. Jesus Green is very tranquil, but gets busy in the summer time. 
  • We love Jesus Green. Even when there is no public event it is a lovely location. The dogs love running there and the walk along the Cam is a joy.
  • Lovely park with canal. A bit annoying boat trip sale agents but it's OK. You can sit on the grass and have you food and sometimes watch people playing tennis.
  • A nice place to spend time in the summer year. The location of the annual CAMRA Beer Festival.
  • Look out for the Beer Festival at the end of May. Huge queues (45+ minutes), but can be avoided by being a CAMRA member. The event runs from a Monday to Saturday. I would recommend going Wednesday or Thursday, since the beer has settled, and it hasn't got to the point of running out.
  • Everything you need in a park. Kids playground, food vendor, toilets, skate park, open green spaces, riverfront views. Excellent place to take the family! Always a popular place when the weather is nice.
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