A bustling city situated in the heart of Cambridgeshire, Peterborough is the proud owner of an impressive array of shops, parks, and historical and cultural tourist attractions. Below is a list of the ten best things to see and do in the lively yet scenic city of Peterborough.
Built as an abbey during the 1100s, this ancient building boasts spectacular views and is located in the heart of the city directly next to the shopping centre. A place of worship and music, this spectacular cathedral boasts beautiful décor and has been described as one of the finest cathedrals in England. Peterborough Cathedral is enriched in history, having been the burial place of two Queens, as well as being witness to civil war upheavals, making it an essential place to visit for a cultured day out.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-3pm, Sun 12pm-3pm
Watch out for: the cathedral gives visitors the opportunity to run their own social groups
Home to an impressive variety of clothing shops, cafés and restaurants, Queensgate Shopping Centre has much to offer. With over 90 shops and 15 places to dine in, this shopping establishment is sure to cater to all tastes. From the well-known high street shops, such as Primark, New Look and River Island, to a range of shops offering luxury designer brands, Queensgate Shopping Centre provides the perfect day out for visitors hoping to find hidden gems and tasty bites.
Price: budget to luxury
Opening hours: Mon 10am-5.30pm, Tues-Wed 9am-5.30pm, Thurs-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10.30am-4.30pm
Watch out for: Carluccio’s – an all-day Italian restaurant offering a range of succulent dishes
A cultural and entertainment venue offering a range of performing arts at its best, Key Theatre is situated in the ideal location overlooking the River Nene. Promising to bring an abundance of entertainment and culture to the heart of the city, Key Theatre provides visitors with an array of live music, dance and comedy performances, and much more. Catering to audiences of all ages and preferences, Key Theatre is sure to provide an entertaining afternoon for everyone.
Opening hours: 10am-8pm
Watch out for: the theatre’s restaurant which offers a variety of à la carte three course meals
Described as a lovely place for children to see the animals and to run around in the beautiful countryside, Sacrewell Farm provides the perfect family day out. With an 18th century watermill and the opportunity to have a tractor ride, this farm is sure to entertain its visitors. The farm also has a wildlife trail and scavenger hunt, as well as a café, allowing visitors to feel at home in this inviting and welcoming atmosphere offering stunning views of the more rural parts of Peterborough.
Close to the centre of Peterborough, the Greyhound Stadium has been a popular tourist attraction since its opening. Having been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, this greyhound racing centre is often viewed as an exhilarating experience for visitors. With a fully air-conditioned stadium comprised of 1,000 seats and an impressive choice of eight bars, a café and a fast-food stand to choose from, the stadium offers guests a large array of possibilities whilst they sit back and enjoy the racing.
Incredibly popular with families due to its selection of play parks, walking and cycling paths, horse rides, fishing and stunning scenery, Ferry Meadows is the perfect place to visit for an enjoyable, relaxing day out. With endless meadows, lakes and woodlands offering beautiful views of the lake, this country park is located a mere three miles from the city centre, placing it in a perfect location. Also including cafés and a busy events and activity programme, Ferry Meadows is an excellent tourist attraction.
Watch out for: the watersports and outdoor activity centre
Housing a large variety of Peterborough’s historical and art collections, Peterborough Museum is located in one of the city’s most historic buildings. With an astonishing number of over 2,000 items holding both national and international importance, the museum promises to educate visitors in an illuminating manner on a variety of subjects. Also offering a beautiful garden and a coffee shop, the museum is perfect for those hoping to brush up on their history.
Opening hours: 10am-5pm
Watch out for: being the city’s most haunted building, the museum is said to be home to eight ghosts
Founded in 1984, the Exotic Pet Refuge cares for an impressive variety of over 300 unwanted, abandoned or abused exotic animals, as well as rescued British wildlife. Providing shelter for monkeys, owls, a lynx, and a range of other wild animals, Exotic Pet Refuge is only open for six days a year, making it essential to not miss out. Ideal for a family day out, the Exotic Pet Refuge offers an exciting alternative to the bustling city life.
Opening hours: 10am-5pm; check with website for open days
Watch out for: the pet refuge also offers an impressive variety of reptiles
A Bronze Age site developed around 3500 years ago, this ancient tourist attraction is comprised of over 6,000 timbers, and situated amongst beautiful scenery. Giving visitors a taste of a prehistoric environment, Flag Fen is a must-visit. Offering picturesque views of Peterborough’s countryside, many metal, stone and bone artefacts have been discovered at this historic site, making it an essential place to visit for tourists hoping to learn more about life in the Bronze Age.
Opening hours: 10am-5pm
Watch out for: the area also offers a café, outside veranda and picnic areas
Having been the ancestral home of the Proby family since 1660, this ancient building is a spectacular tourist attraction. Offering beautiful views of the city and incredible décor, Elton Hall and Gardens has been described as an extraordinary and romantic part-gothic house. With a huge variety of rooms boasting magnificent interiors, visiting this house will give tourists an authentic experience of luxury living. Also offering a selection of beautiful gardens, Elton Hall and Gardens is an essential place to visit for an unforgettable experience.
Opening hours: 2pm-5pm
Watch out for: the gothic orangery – a beautiful park often used for weddings