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Peterborough virtual tour showing a view down Church Street in the old town center. In this picture you can see St John the Baptist church and various shops along the road.


Peterborough - Peterborough visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Peterborough' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Cambridgeshire.

The cathedral city of Peterborough grew up on the banks of the River Nene in the Cambridgeshire Fens. The area has been occupied since the Bronze Age, and the Romans established a fortified town at Durobrivae nearby. During the Anglo-Saxon era the settlement was known as Medeshamstede and in 655 Saxwulf established an abbey here.

The abbey church grew greatly during the 12th to 14th centuries, become Peterborough Cathedral. Monks in the Abbey wrote the Peterborough Chronicle, the only known English prose written between the time of the Norman conquest and the 14th century. During the English civil war, the city captured by Parliamentarian forces who ransacked the cathedral, but did not destroy it. The Royalists retreated to Burghley House and were then captured and taken to Cambridge.

Peterborough flourished after the arrival of the railway in 1850, which lead to rapid growth of the town based on the expanding brick industry using locally mined clays. For some time, Peterborough became the leading brick manufacturing site in the UK. Today the city continues to prosper as some nationally known companies have set up headquarters and offices in the town. Peterborough also attracts a large number of visitors.

Peterborough - Tourist Attractions

Some of the top local attractions in and around Peterborough include:
  • Peterborough Cathedral - 12th century cathedral built to serve the monastery founded in 655 and now the seat of the Bishop of Peterborough, and the associated Bishops Gardens.
  • The Nene Valley Railway - 7.5 mile heritage railway maintained by the Peterborough Railway Society and home to Railroad rail museum.
  • Flag Fen - Bronze Age archaeological site discovered in 1982 in which was found probably the oldest wheel in Britain. The Fen Causeway Roman Road also crosses the site.
  • St John The Baptist Church - built in 1407 this is a Grade I listed church building with a rich history.
  • Longthorpe Tower - three storey, 14th century tower, now a Grade I listed building and scheduled monument, found in Longthorpe, about 3km from Peterborough city centre.
  • Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery - housed in an early 19th century building with some 277,000 objects of local history, archaeology and art.
  • The Lido - Open air public swimming pool near the center of Peterborough.
  • Burghley House - a little north of Peterborough, 16th century country manor house designed by Sir William Cecil, later 1st Baron Burghley, who was Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I.
  • River Nene - the river that flows through Peterborough, along which there are walking and cycling routes, popular with canal and leisure boats and anglers.
  • The Nene Park - 3.5 mile long park with several llakes, Ferrry Meadows and a water sports centre.
  • Southey Wood - mixed woodland between the villages of Upton and Ufford, near to several Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) such as Castor Hanglands, Barnack Hills and Holes and Bedford Purlieus national nature reserves.


Peterborough Tourist Information Centre
9 Bridge Street,
Cambridgeshire PE1 1HJ
Phone: 01733 452336


Road: Peterborough is near the northern end of the A1(M) at the meeting of the A15, A47 and A1139 roads. It is about 37 miles north of Cambridge, 80 miles west of Norwich and 40 miles east of Leicester.
Train: Peterborough Station on East Coast Main Line, about an hour out of London

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