Peterborough Cathedral during the Heritage Festival

Peterborough Cathedral during the Heritage Festival

Peterborough along the River Nene is a major business and leisure centre in Cambridgeshire and a great budget gateway into the Fens. Easily accessible off the A1(M), the town contains a spectacular Norman cathedral overlooking a beautiful city centre with its huge squares and alfresco cafes in summer. Take a tour inside the magnificent Norman cathedral which features original medieval painting.

Peterborough City Centre

Peterborough City Centre

Visit fascinating attractions around the city like the Flag Fen Bronze Age Centre or hop aboard the family fun Nene Railway in the centre. Lively waterfront bars and restaurants line the River Nene, perfect for alfresco drinks and dining in summer watching the boats go by.

Things to do & see

Peterborough city centre is a historic gem with its magnificent Norman cathedral, historic Guildhall and pretty riverside along the River Nene. Attractions include the Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, home to a range of precious Bronze and Iron Age, Roman and Saxon finds as well as an internationally acclaimed fossil collection and watercolours of Peterborough Cathedral by Turner. The museum organises numerous special events and historic tours throughout the year.

Character attractions include the Peterborough Lido, a Grade Listed 1930s lido with three outdoor pools which is open to the public during the summer months. Take a boat cruise along the River Nene, or dine on one of the city's floating restaurants. Essential visiting in the area is the Flag Fen Bronze Age Centre, home to remains of a Celtic Bronze Age ritual monument and the oldest wheel found in England!

River Nene at Peterborough

River Nene at Peterborough

Shopping & Markets

Peterborough city centre contains great shopping arcades like Westgate Arcade and modern shopping centres like Queensgate. The city market takes place on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8.30am to 4pm and has around 147 market stalls plus an indoor food hall. Find the market around Northminster, Laxton Square and Cattle Market Road. A large Cambridgeshire farmers' market also runs every Saturday in the Morrow Building showcasing the very best of the county's local produce.

Alfresco cafes in Peterborough city centre

Alfresco cafes in Peterborough city centre

Getting there

Peterborough has excellent transport links. It sits along the East Coast mainline railway route and has fast rail links to London King's Cross. If you're looking for a budget city break with a spectacular cathedral, great transport links and a bustling market centre then Peterborough is the perfect choice. The city's close proximity to the A1 makes it the perfect budget base for both Cambridge and the Fens.

Where to stay

Servicing the business and leisure visitor to the city, Peterborough accommodation around the centre includes a wide choice of luxury and modern hotels, many with first class conference and leisure facilities. Cosy and friendly guest houses also sit close to the cathedral and city centre restaurants, shops, museums and the station.

Accommodation here in this heritage city is often cheaper than in its sister city Cambridge, and with its excellent fast rail links to London and Edinburgh, plus its convenient location just off the A1, Peterborough is an affordable business or leisure base ideal for touring the Fens and wider Cambridgeshire. Luxury hotels are available at a great value price right in the heart of the city centre. Browse Peterborough accommodation choice below and book online with iknow.

Accommodation in Peterborough

  • Maxey   (6.9 miles from the centre of Peterborough)
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  • Alwanton   (4.4 miles from the centre of Peterborough)
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    This semi detached cottage is located in the village of Alwalton near Peterborough and can sleep five people in three bedrooms.
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  • Hampton   (2.9 miles from the centre of Peterborough)
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    This Premier Inn is located towards the south of Peterborough and convenient for the A1 (M). It has an on-site Brewers Fayre restaurant and free parking.
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