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Explore an exciting city in the heart of the Cambridgeshire fens
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Peterborough is sometimes overlooked when it comes to tourist destinations, but whether you’re making the trip to visit family, for business or a leisure break, you won’t be disappointed. The city perfectly bridges the gap between laid-back rural England and a bustling modernity. So take a train to Peterborough – you’ll love what’s waiting when you arrive at your destination.
Peterborough has one main train station: Peterborough Station.
Peterborough Station is located in the heart of the city, making it the perfect place to start your adventure.
East Midlands is the closest airport to Peterborough city centre, just over an hours’ drive away. If you’re travelling by train it’s under two hours to East Midlands Parkway, followed by a short bus journey to the airport.
To make your journey as cost-effective as possible, try and travel at off-peak times. A railcard can also save you up to 1/3 on every train journey, providing you’re eligible. For more tips and tricks for saving on travel fares, visit our cheap tickets page.
If you need more information regarding Nottingham Station, take a look at our station guide.
When it comes to shopping, Queensgate shopping centre has you covered. With more than 90 shops, 15 places to eat and hundreds of brands on offer, it’s a one-stop shop when it comes to a great day out. Plus, it’s not just the big brands; the Westgate Arcade houses some amazing local options from independent boutiques to an award-winning butcher.
Peterborough is an unexpected gem when it comes to the world of vintage shopping, with Back to Life in Queensgate as well as a whole range of second-hand charity shops dotted about town. It’s the perfect place to hunt for a unique bargain.
Speaking of bargains – be sure to head to the Peterborough City Market, where you can pick up anything from clothes to produce all under one roof! With plenty of locally produced food and handmade arts and crafts, there’s something for all tastes. If you’re in town on the second or fourth Thursday of the month, you can catch the Peterborough Farmers Market for some amazingly fresh, local goods.
Foodies will have a field day when they arrive in Peterborough. With a huge focus on fresh, local produce and a fantastic selection of independent cafés and restaurants, there’s plenty of choice for all.
Whether you choose to step into the beautiful historic doors of The Queen’s Head, or step on board the quirky floating Peking Barge, there are plenty of ways to make your meal in Peterborough memorable. Here’s a handy tip: if you decide to visit the former, we recommend checking out their exciting local beer selection!
There’s a thriving café culture in the city, with options ranging from retro to ultra-modern, so make sure you plan in some time to sit down with an excellent cup of coffee and people-watch.
If you choose to head into the surrounding countryside, you’re sure to notice that the plethora of pretty villages scattered around the city are home to some lovely pubs. In good weather, take advantage of the plentiful pub gardens. Otherwise, you can cosy-up beside the fire and enjoy some good company.
Peterborough is proud of its rich heritage, and with good reason. Visiting the beautiful historic cathedral will give you a sense of grandeur. But, if you don’t make it to the cathedral, worry not; you can see beautiful architecture throughout the city.
To find out more about Peterborough’s amazing past, a visit to the Peterborough Museum is a must. Not only will you find plenty of interesting exhibitions, but it also plays host to regular children’s’ activities. If you’re out with the family, be sure to check out Ferry Meadows. It’s home to Nene Valley Railway, perfect for learning about the history and culture of the city.
As the evening draws in, there’s still plenty to do in Peterborough. The city’s two theatres - the Key Theatre and the Cresset Theatre - offer a varied programme of drama, ballet, comedy and concerts. With a range of bars and pubs open until late, you can continue to enjoy your night well into the small hours, should you so choose.
We’re sure you want to travel as cost-effectively as possible, so here’s a tip: book your ticket(s) via our website or Train Tickets app 15 minutes or more before departure time, and you could save money on your journey. Make sure you check our special offers page, too, for more potential savings.
If you want to explore Peterborough and all it has to offer, you’ll want to stay longer than a day! So, make sure you book a great value hotel in Peterborough before you arrive.
Book your cheap train tickets to Peterborough using the Tickets button at the top of the page.