The Kite lies a mile to the immediate east of the historic city centre of Cambridge.The northern boundary is formed by Maids Causeway and Newmarket Road, and the southern by Parker Street and Parkside, both of which are historic routes leading out of the city centre. Parker’s Piece, one of Cambridge’s better known open green spaces, lies on the opposite side of Parkside. To the west, Emmanuel Road forms the boundary between the Conservation Area and a further open green space (Christ’s Pieces) which then leads into the city centre with its mixture of mainly commercial, college and university buildings. To the north, beyond Maids Causeway, lie the attractive green open spaces of Midsummer Common, which lead to the banks of the River Cam. The Grafton Shopping Centre lies between The Kite Conservation Area and East Road (the A603), a very busy route.