Insider Peterborough – what to see and do, where to eat and shop
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Some of history’s major bad guys feature in the story of Peterborough Cathedral - Henry VIII, Oliver Cromwell and the rampaging Vikings. Cromwell and his army gave the cathedral a hard time in the Civil War. Smashing stained glass was a favoured technique.
It still looks magnificent though – no wonder they say it’s one of the ‘finest Norman cathedrals in England’.
Get spooked with a wander around the cellars beneath Peterborough Museum.Priestgate Vaults date back to Tudor times. Meet ‘ghosts’ of those who would have used the different rooms in centuries past, including a cavalier and a butler – very Upstairs, Downstairs. You’ll be checking Peterborough train times for a speedy exit!
Station to station
From super-modern trains to Peterborough to something completely different. Climb aboard a steam train on the Nene Valley Railway for a proper blast from the past. Steam trains are just so… romantic. Just don’t ask for the Wi-Fi password…
Amazing wall paintings are the order of the day at Longthorpe Tower. Kings jostle with musicians, saints with monsters, on the walls of this medieval tower. Astonishingly they were rediscovered by the Home Guard who were stationed there during WWII. Sounds like an episode of Dad’s Army.
Peterborough's main shopping complex, the Queensgate Centre has Topshop, Oasis, Next and more. Sucker for a department store? Find John Lewis and M&S too.
Interesting independent shops are dotted around the city, so there are lots of exciting places to discover. Ahead of your trip check out a map of more than 30 independently-owned Peterborough retailers.
Label lovers – designer shopping
Maysons: Trendy folk can kit themselves out in premium brands at this supercool store in the Westgate Arcade. Splurge on the likes of Hugo Boss, Ted Baker and True Religion.
Where: Maysons, 27 The Arcade, Westgate, PE1 1PY
Niro: Craving haute couture? Head to Niro for two storeys of super-cool menswear labels. From the dapper, modish tailoring of Paul Smith to the more outlandish creations of punk icon, Vivienne Westwood.
Where: Niro, Cumbergate, PE1 1YR