Area Guide - Chesterton, Cambridge

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Chesterton is a popular area located to the north of Cambridge city centre. It is made up of two elective wards, West Chesterton and East Chesterton, and is located along the north side of the river Cam in central Cambridge. It offers an eclectic mix of culture, history, and modern amenities. With excellent transport links to Cambridge city centre and easy access to green spaces, Chesterton attracts a diverse range of residents, including students, young professionals, and families. 


West Chesterton has an array of independent shops as well as a vast number of eateries ranging from local independent cafes and bakeries, such as the ever popular Stir, takeaways, fantastic riverside pubs through to upmarket restaurants such as Restaurant 22 and Daniel Clifford’s Michelin starred restaurant, Midsummer House. You are bordered with plenty of green space on the south side of the River Cam with Midsummer Common and Jesus Green. 


East Chesterton has a number of popular independent cafes and delicious bakeries such as Barbarella, plenty of takeaways, pubs, convenience shops and is ideal for riverside walks or bike rides. Here you are bordered by green space on the south side of the river Cam such as Stourbridge Common. One of the most popular recent additions is North Cambridge Station with direct train links to London. East Chesterton is particularly convenient for the science and business parks. 


Chesterton has lots of excellent primary schools as well as two well respected secondary schools including Chesterton Community College, which has been ranked as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. There are a wide range of properties, including Victorian terraces, modern apartments, and new build homes. 


Chesterton really is a fantastic location for those looking for a vibrant neighbourhood with excellent transport links, a wide range of local amenities, and access to green spaces. With a mix of housing options and great schools, it really is an ideal location for families and young professionals looking to settle here in Cambridge.


Fun Fact! Prior to the 20th Century, a lot of Chesterton used to be covered in an orchard rather than residential houses. That's why you will find a lot of apple, pear and plum trees in local gardens.