Guide to Cambridge – 11th March 2019

Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QB

The venue is situated in the city centre, behind the Guildhall in the Market Square. The Box Office is two doors down from the venue, at 2 Wheeler Street, called Cambridge Live Tickets and open from 12pm til half an hour after the performance start time.

Corn Exchange Layout – frontmost seating area will be standing for the James show

Capacity is 1849

Venue Info – The fabulous building that the gig is in dates from 1875 and was literally what it says on the tin – a place for farmers and merchants to trade corn and other cereal grains.

It has also served as an exhibition hall for some of the earliest motor shows in 1898 and during WW2, local women cleaned and repaired rifles there. It has also hosted roller skating, wrestling, boxing, badminton and dances and balls, before becoming a permanent concert hall in 1982.

It was nearly lost to us as a venue in 1981, with complaints about noise closing it down, but was saved by a march by 600 music fans in protest.

They have won awards for disabled access from Attitude is Everything, and there are boxes available for wheelchair users with a platform lift to them, lowered counters at the bars and fully accessible toilets and entrance. If you need the disabled facilities, phone 01223 357851.

Cambridge is not the most vehicle friendly city, as its streets are narrow with very little parking amongst the University buildings and cycle lanes.

The train station is the south of the city centre, about 20 minutes’ walk to the venue.

Parking – The venue does not have its own parking and there is almost no street parking available and car parks are expensive – nearby residential areas are resident or short term parking only – there is multi storey parking within a few minute’s walk and the city is well served by Park and Ride, although you will need to get a taxi back to it as the buses stop around 8pm:

  • Grand Arcade (multi storey) across the road from the venue – CB2 3QF cost around £2.40 an hour until 6pm, £1.20 an hour after 6pm
  • Park Street Car Park, CB5 8AS cost around £2.20 an hour, 80p an hour after 6pm
  • Queen Anne Car Park, Queen Anne Terrace, Gonville Place CB1 1ND cost £1.60 an hour, 80p an hour after 6pm

There are 5 Park and Rides around Cambridge – they are open for parking 24/7 but the buses only run til around 8pm. More info here –

Accommodation – Cambridge is quite expensive to stay in and many independent hotels are small – if you are driving, it may be worth looking a little further out for accommodation – there are 3 Travelodges and 3 Premier Inns near the centre at decent prices for this date.

  • Premier Inn, Cambridge City East (v little parking, chargeable), Newmarket Rd CB1 3EP
  • Premier Inn, Cambridge North Girton, Huntingdon Rd, CB3 0DL
  • Premier Inn, Ring Fort Road, A14 J32, CB4 2GW
  • Travelodge, Cambridge Central, Leisure Pk, Clifton Way CB1 7DY
  • Travelodge, Cambridge Newmarket Road, CB5 8HF
  • Travelodge, Cambridge Orchard Park, Kings Hedges Rd, CB4 2WR

Food – The venue does not serve food, but does have a bar inside. Being in the city centre and opposite a shopping mall, there are lots of places to eat and drink. The nearest places to the venue itself are:

  • Jamie’s Italian, Wheeler St, opposite the venue
  • Honest Burgers, Corn Exchange St, meat & veg burgers, licensed bar, 2 mins walk
  • Carluccio’s, Italian Deli/Cafe, 1 Fisher Square, opposite the side wall of the venue, pasta & fish, no pizza, 5 mins walk (£15 2 course set menu)
  • Zizzi, Bene’t Street, 5 mins walk


  • Bath House, 3 Bene’t Street – Greene King – serves food
  • The Eagle, 8 Bene’t Street – Greene King – serves food
  • The Pint Shop, Peas Hill, Meat Grills and Real Ales
  • The Regal Wetherspoons, St Andrews St, CB2 3AR
  • Revolution, Downing Street, CB2 3DS
  • All Bar One, St Andrews St (next to Wetherspoons), CB2 3DS

VIP & Stage Times will be added, along with other information, when available.

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