Known as the “Gateway to the Fens”, Peterborough is surrounded by East England’s most cherished agricultural enclave and foodie destination. The city is the urban heart of Cambridgeshire, filled with centuries-old architecture, parks, cultural arts and a Bronze Age village.
Things to do in Peterborough
Don’t miss the iconic Peterborough Cathedral, built as an abbey in the 12th and 13th centuries. Join locals for services or musical productions, then pay your respects at the burial sites of Mary Queen of Scots and Katherine of Aragon. Head over to Peterborough Museum to view fossils, paintings, a Victorian operating theatre and more than 2,000 national artefacts.
At Flag Fen Archaeology Park, you’ll find a fascinating Bronze Age village and ancient causeway ruins, along with unearthed stone, metal and bone remnants from at least 3,500 years ago. Relive the glory days on a picturesque heritage steam-engine ride through the Nene Valley Railway, stopping for tea in charming villages along the way.
Explore woodlands, meadows and lakes at Ferry Meadows Country Park for a chance to go hiking, fishing, cycling and horseback riding. Travelling with young children? Take them to Sacrewell Farm for a tractor ride, scavenger hunt and animal interactions.
Pick up designer fashion at Queensgate Shopping Centre, home to more than 90 shops and eateries. Snag some tickets for the races at Greyhound Stadium or catch a dance, music or comedy performance at Key Theatre. Arrive early to enjoy stone-baked pizza, wine and Italian dessert at Mattoni Italian Restaurant.
Getting around Peterborough
Peterborough is pedestrian-friendly with numerous foot and cycle paths. Buses and taxis offer transportation around town. You can rent a car in the city centre or at Birmingham Airport, about 130 kilometres away.