A Weekend Guide to Peterborough

A Guide to Peterborough – a weekend in the city

Peterborough has never been as popular as it is today with over 200,000 residents and thousands more flocking to the town to shop, explore and more.


Things to do in Peterborough 

Peterborough Cathedral has to be at the top of your to do list when visiting the town. The cathedral is open to the public daily and welcomes visitors to join in Morning Prayer and evensong if you so wish. The cathedral dates back to 655AD when it was founded as a monastic community. It is also the burial place of two queens, Katharine of Aragon and Mary, Queen of Scots. Tours are available every day which can be booked onsite or online before your visit. There are number of events throughout the year including exhibitions and an annual Christmas market


Railworld Wildlife Haven is home to an impressive and detailed railway model design with several tracks, derailed carriages and working examples. Railworld is also home to The Haven, a picturesque landscape home to over 200 species of flora and fauna as well as a tranquil waterfall and local wildlife.

If the weather is dreary and damp and you want to go out but stay in, pop into Queensgate Shopping Centre. Full of high street stores, popular brands and places to eat and drink.

If you have nothing planned for your evening why not book tickets to see at show at The Key Theatre? Throughout the year the theatre has a full programme of stage shows, musicals, comedians and dance. 

Restaurants in Peterborough 

You will be spoilt for choice for eateries in and around Peterborough, the town offers Italian, Mexican, Thai, hearty English cuisine, Chinese, good old fish and chips, sandwich shops, delis, café’s and plenty of stops for breakfast and afternoon tea.

Brunch in Peterborough 

Located outside the city centre, The Granary at Willowbrook Farm offers homely breakfasts using only produce from the farm itself. Walkers and cyclists are very welcome as the farm sits on some very popular scenic routes. If you visit the farm shop make sure to stock up for the day with fresh pork pies, homemade cakes and sandwiches. Keen fishermen? The Granary also has its own stocked carp lake on which you are welcome to fish but pre-book in advance.

Restaurants for lunch in Peterborough 

If you’re after a proper pub lunch, head out of the city and visit The Golden Pheasant offering a traditional British menu including homemade soup, steak and ale pie, steaks, fish and a selection of warming vegetarian options to set you up for the afternoon. The pub also offers a varied selection of desserts including a seasonal hot fruit crumble perfect for a cold day.

Asian restaurants in Peterborough

Fancy something different for dinner? You’ve been out in the cold all day exploring the area then you’ll be in need of a hot, comforting meal. Try Tavan Restaurant offering modern Moroccan and Turkish cuisine full of eastern promise and delicious flavours to warm you through. Tagines are perfect for wintery days, a mix of vegetables and spices and meat if desired.

For more inspiration and with help to plan your weekend in Peterborough visit www.visitpeterborough.com/.

Travelling to Peterborough 

Peterborough sits just of the A1 and easily accessible from most points of the country.

Rail: Easy access with Virgin East Coast Line direct to London (50 minutes), Newcastle, Edinburgh and also to Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Derby, Lincoln, Norwich, Ipswich and Cambridge.

Bus: You can get travel advice and National Express tickets, plus tickets for day trips at the Visitor Information Centre on Bridge Street, Peterborough.

Hotels in Peterborough 

Whether is camping, self-catering, a boutique treat or bed and bread and breakfast, Peterborough has something for every budget. You can find our top three choices below.

Aragon House in the centre of Peterborough is a family run friendly guest house, perfect for couples with rooms starting at £40. The guest house offers and full English or continental breakfast to set you up for the day ahead.

Taking a special break for a birthday or anniversary why not book in to Best Western Orton Hall, a spectacular historical building set in 20 acres of idyllic parkland. The hotel offers bed and breakfast as well as half board options for its guest with prices starting at £57.00 per person per night.

Maybe you are travelling with family and pets and fancy something quirky but affordable, why not rent an old barn, Manor Lodge. The converted barn offers guests, two double bedrooms, a bathroom, a cloakroom, kitchen and seating area and accepts four legged friends too. Prices start from £99 per night, minimum booking three nights.




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