Flag Fen

Bronze Age settlement hut at Flag Fen

Bronze Age settlement hut at Flag Fen

Flag Fen Archaeology Park and Bronze Age Centre just outside Peterborough city centre covers 20 acres and is one of Europe’s most precious Bronze Age sites. In the 1980s Professor Francis Pryor, who has featured in the TV series Time Team, discovered upright timbers which formed part of a Celtic ceremonial platform and ritual causeway pushing a mile across the fen wetlands around Peterborough.

The Fen bog garden - Flag Fen

The Fen bog garden – Flag Fen

Some of these upright timbers which formed part of the Celtic fen people’s monument constructed 3500 years ago can be seen in the Preservation Hall at Flag Fen where they have to be kept in special damp conditions. Reconstructions of what the entire monument would have looked like feature in murals and exhibits. A viewing of the actual timbers is awe-inspiring.

An extensive collection of Bronze Age Celtic weapons, tools and jewellery have been found around the monument, many of which would have been offerings at this sacred place of ritual and worship. A Roman road also runs through the Flag Fen site and the oldest wheel ever found in England can also be viewed at Flag Fen visitor centre.

Fenland landscape at Flag Fen

Fenland landscape at Flag Fen

Flag Fen features a reconstructed Bronze Age settlement as well as an Iron Age Roundhouse, museum, Roman Herb Garden and visitor centre. Family activities regularly feature and the fenland landscape here at Flag Fen is spectacular with several well marked trails runnning around the site.

Iron Age roundhouse at Flag Fen

Iron Age roundhouse at Flag Fen

Visitors can cycle to Flag Fen from Peterborough Railway and Bus station via the Green Wheel cycle routes. By car find Flag Fen off Junction 5 of the A1139 or via the B1040 from Whittlesey or Thorney. Brown Signs direct visitors to Flag Fen travelling from Peterborough. A large car park is adjacent to the site and the visitor centre contains a shop selling books, guides, postcards and souvenirs.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.