Explore an exciting city in the heart of the Cambridgeshire fens
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If you’ve yet to visit Peterborough, you’re missing out! This city is sometimes overlooked when it comes to tourist destinations, but whether you’re making the trip to visit family, for business or for a leisure break, you won’t be disappointed. The city perfectly bridges the gap between laid-back rural England and a bustling modernity, so whatever your trip has in store, you’ll love what’s waiting when you arrive at your destination.
Peterborough Station is located in the heart of the city, making it the perfect place to start your adventure.
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 items and food, 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 the grandeur of its history 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 there are also plenty of children’s activities held regularly. If you’re out with the family, be sure to check out Ferry Meadows, which is also 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 the city. With two theatres, the Key Theatre and the Cresset Theatre, both offering 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.
Peterborough Station is fully accessible thanks to step-free access throughout, accessible ticket machines and counters, and ramps for train access. Should you require assistance reaching your train, contact the station managers.
Peterborough Station is serviced by a range of bus routes, which are a popular choice for onward travel. A taxi rank is also available at the station for those who wish to continue their journey by cab.
For further information about Peterborough Station, check out our station guide.
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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.