If you are spending your vacation in the East of England, there are few better places to stay than Peterborough. With plenty of historical interest and within easy reach of the famous Fenlands, there is much for the tourist to see and do.
Places of Interest
Peterborough is a city that is steeped in history, having been a place of settlement since the Stone Age, but as well as historical interest, there are some great activities and days out for the tourist.
The Cathedral: If you only visit one building in Peterborough, it must be this one. Visible for several miles as you approach Peterborough, the cathedral towers majestically over the city. Approaching by foot from the town centre, the gloriously gothic West Front, with its three great arches is an awe-inspiring sight. The present building dates to 1118, but its foundations were begun in AD 654 when a monastery was built on the site. The nave is a supreme example of the Romanesque style with its high wooden roof decorated with 13th century paintings. You can also visit the tomb of Katherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII.
The Museum: Housed in a Regency building, which is said to be the most haunted in Peterborough, the museum holds fascinating collections, including a hands-on archaeological gallery and one of the best collections of ancient sea creatures who swam here 150 million years ago. Other displays include artefacts from Napoleon’s troops and information about historical local residents, the local poet, John Clare, and Mary Queen of Scots.
The Art Gallery: The Space4 Gallery is located in the museum, and holds exciting modern exhibitions that can include holograms, computers and film. Focusing on science and technology, the community, space and the environment, the gallery is innovative and of interest to all ages. Open Tuesday and at the weekend.