Cambridge’s Original Shopping Centre
The Lion’s Yard Shopping Centre stands right beside the Grand Arcade, making it the smaller half of the largest shopping area in Cambridge. It is home to the Cambridge Central Library, a Superdry Store, a two-floored Sports Direct, and forty other shops and restaurants.
The shopping centre inherited its name from the coaching inn that once stood on the site. A nearby pub was called The Red Lion, and both are honored in the centre’s symbol outside the complex. Although it may not contain as many stores as its neighbor The Grand Arcade, Lion’s Yard is almost forty years older and its early 2000s renovation was the inspiration for the Grand Arcade’s design. Today, the two shopping centres are so seamlessly intertwined that visitors might have difficulty distinguishing the two!
Like the Grafton and Grand Arcade, the largest shops in Lion’s Yard mainly sell fashionable clothing, although the largest store—Sports Direct—specializes in athletic equipment. Other notable shops and restaurants include Timberland, Prêt à Manger, Lush, O2, Clarks and The North Face.
Cambridge Central Library
Lion’s Yard is also home to Cambridge’s public library, which can be found on the first floor. The library has an extensive children’s section and serves as great place to keep young children busy while you shop. Activities such as storytelling, arts and crafts, and sing-alongs are held regularly by the library staff.
Of course, the library offers plenty of services to older groups; teen and adult reading groups, information sessions, and even exotic lunches occur throughout the year. Check the Cambridge Central Library’s website for more details.
Lion’s Yard is the original Cambridge shopping centre, and even after forty years of service it still sells some of the most popular brands and products the city has to offer!
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