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1. History of Peterborough
Peterborough Cathedral was completed in 1258 and is a piece of living history. The Cathedral's Nave is the country's only surviving painted wooden ceiling of its kind. Other sites of interest in the building include the tomb of Katharine of Aragon and The Hedda Stone, the Monks' stone from the original church on the site, which was carved over 1,200 years ago. The city's name i...Read more
2. Now in Peterborough
The City of Peterborough has many fun attractions for families as well as a wealth of history to explore. The city's University Centre was opened in 2009 as a joint venture between Anglia Ruskin University and Peterborough Regional College and provides 'state of the art' teaching facilities and has helped form an educational quarter in the city. Rugby is a big part of life in t...Read more
3. Events in Peterborough
Peterborough Festival runs for two weeks from June to July and includes music, art, culture and general entertainment events across the city. The CAMRA beer festival takes place in August in huge marquees on the embankment of the river in Peterborough. The event lasts for five days and includes beer and live music. The East of England Show is an annual three-day agricultural ev...Read more
4. Attractions in Peterborough
Peterborough Museum offers a free day out for the family in the heart of the city centre and has many fascinating collections including an Iron Age sword, mummified rat and Jurassic marine reptiles. The Flag Fen Archaeology Park has a kilometre long wooden causeway and platform that was built by Bronze Age people and has been preserved in the wetland for centuries. This attract...Read more
5. Things To Do in Peterborough
Visitors can take a ride on a steam train with the Nene Valley Railway. Thomas is the railway's most popular train, especially among children. Peterborough Greyhound Stadium attracts more than 4,000 visitors a week and offers live greyhound racing, a 400-seat restaurant, eight bars, fast food outlets and a floodlit stadium. Peterborough Museum is said to be one of the city's mo...Read more
6. Business in Peterborough
Peterborough Garden Park is a shopping centre including shops, a children's play corner, display gardens, a garden centre and cafes. Queensgate Shopping Centre is open seven days a week and has parking for over 2,000 cars. The centre has over 90 shops, restaurants and cafes. The shops stay open until 8pm on Thursdays. Shopping is also offered at Peterborough City Market, Serpen...Read more
7. Transport in Peterborough
By train, Peterborough is on the East Coast Mainline, and has good links to major cities such as London (50mins), York (1hr 10mins), Leeds (1hr 30mins) and Edinburgh (3hr 30mins). By car, the city is close to the A1(M) to the north and south, and the A14 and A47 to the east and west. The nearest airports are East Midlands, London Stansted, Luton and Norwich.
8. Entertainment in Peterborough
The city's Key Theatre offers a wide range of live entertainment including national touring shows, ballet, live music and more. The Cresset Theatre is a multi-purpose venue offering live music, comedy, theatre, children's and family shows, special events, exhibitions and more. The Metropolis Lounge and District 7 are both venues for live music in the city.
9. Famous Landmarks in Peterborough
Longthorpe Tower is the 14th century tower of a fortified manor house and is now owned by English Heritage. The building houses one of the most complete and important sets of 14th century domestic wall paintings in northern Europe. Burghley House is a grand Tudor mansion built by Queen Elizabeth's Lord High Treasurer Sir William Cecil over a period of 32 years.
10. Interesting Facts about Peterborough
Mary Queen of Scots was buried in Peterborough Cathedral after her execution at nearby Fotheringhay Castle. Her body was later removed to Westminster Abbey but visitors to the cathedral can still see her former burial site.
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