Inside Peterborough – what to see and do, where to eat and shop

From its big, bold cathedral to Michelin-approved eating, Peterborough's worth a visit. Be inspired with LNER’s pick of the sights, shops and eating out.

 

Book trains to Peterborough

Need Inspiration? What to see

Cathedral city

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’.

 

Ghost stories

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…

Hidden Peterborough

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.

Retail Therapy

High-street heaven

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.

 

Independent shopping

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

Trendy folk can kit themselves out in premium brands at Maysons, this supercool store is in the Westgate Arcade. Splurge on the likes of Hugo Boss, Ted Baker and True Religion.

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.