Things to do in Peterborough

Planning a trip to Peterborough? In this blog, we walk you through the best things you can do while staying in the city.

Explore its Heritage, Culture & Arts

Home to a rich heritage and culture, Peterborough is famous for its Medieval Cathedral, the Bronze Age settlement of Flag Fen and Elizabethan grandeur of Burghley House.

Peterborough Cathedral is the heart of this historic city. Featuring an Early English Gothic West Front and hand-painted wooden nave ceiling, the Cathedral is a place of worship and prayer that has stood the test of time, invasions and world wars since the 12th century.

A walk through the Flag Fen Archeology Park will take you back 3500 years ago to Bronze Age landscapes, reconstructed roundhouses, and preserved timbers of the earliest known wheels found in England.

Alongside historical landmarks, Peterborough has museums, art galleries, and theatres. The Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery features the world’s first purpose-built prisoner of war camp, and a display of crafts made by prisoners 200 years ago such as model ships and handmade doll houses. With more than 220,000 objects from Jurassic fossils and artefacts from Norman Cross, Roman pottery to the original collection of manuscripts, the museum narrates the history of the city and region.

Just beside River Nene, the Key Theatre is a perfect place for getting a taste of entertainment and culture of the city. It houses touring shows, dance, comedy and live music. You also don’t have to worry where to dine after watching a fantastic show because there is a restaurant inside the establishment. The Riverside restaurant serves a seasonal menu with dishes made only from quality local ingredients.

There are also year-round events in Peterborough for children, adults, youths, seniors and families to enjoy. The annual Arts, Heritage, and WIllow Music Festivals are worth going to experience first-hand the vibrant energy the city has to offer.

Take delight in Shopping, Sports & Leisure

Shop ’til you drop at the Queensgate Shopping Centre with more than 90 stores, food places, and independent boutique outlets in the adjoining Westgate Arcade. It offers a wide range of stores from fashion to beauty, home, lifestyle, and tech stores.

Peterborough One Retail Park is a place to go, being the “One Destination” for shipping and leisure experience. The retail park includes a variety of fashion, garden, home, and even hosts event programmes, such as a car boot every Sunday from April 3 to October 30. There are also market places in the city you can go to for all your needs such as Peterborough City Market, Stamford Market and Bourne Market.

Fancy watching a game? Head over to the Weston Homes Stadium (London Road) for some football watching; Planet Ice Peterborough Arena for ice hockey; and Peterborough Speedway for exciting races at the East of England Showground.

Indoor and outdoor facilities in the city range from swimming, horse riding, ice skating, ten-pin bowling, tennis to indoor climbing and martial arts which are available for use. There are also numerous leisure activities you can do, one of which is taking a dip at the Peterborough Lido. The Peterborough Lido is an Art Deco outdoor swimming complex with 3 heated outdoor pools for guests of all ages. It is a destination for family and friends bonding with refreshments available at the poolside cafe.

Take a day out and unwind at the green spaces of Peterborough. Sacrewell Farm and Ferry Meadows Country Park are good spots for a day in the park with the family, river-side picnic dates, or even wellness activities such as play parks, walking, cycling and fishing alongside beautiful scenery.

There are a lot more things you can do in Peterborough and the great thing is you don’t have to look for a place to stay because Vantage Accommodation offers affordable and quality service accommodation in the city.

What are you waiting for? Book now and experience Peterborough.