A city on the up and up, Peterborough is known for its rich history and gorgeous countryside. If there was ever an underrated UK destination, Peterborough is definitely up there.
In more recent years, the city has found itself as a bustling transport hub, with trains to Peterborough running between major cities like London, York, and Doncaster. Because of this, tourism has improved, with many praising the culture and wealth of attractions.
Long gone are the days of this glorious city hiding in the shadows as we take a look at some of the top reasons to visit this year. From exploring a magnificent cathedral to walking through picturesque meadows and stopping for a spot of afternoon tea, here are four must-try activities in Peterborough.
With an unconventional Early English Gothic style and unsymmetrical entrance, Peterborough Cathedral is certainly unique. The ancient building lies in the city centre and dates all the way back to the 1100s, meaning over 900 years of history is just waiting to be discovered.
You’ll even have the chance to visit a queen; well, the grave of one. Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife, was buried here back in 1536. If you want, you can honour her legacy by leaving flowers or pomegranates – her signature symbol. Afterwards, head up the tower for an incredible panoramic view of the city.
Particularly popular among families with young children, Ferry Meadows is a beautiful country park filled with relaxing walking trails, amazing play areas, and open waters. Whether you’re looking to head out on a leisurely stroll or you crave a bike ride amidst stunning scenery, there are countless opportunities to do so here.
There’s also a water centre located in the park should you be brave enough to head out on the lakes by paddleboard or kayak. And you can hire a bike if you don’t have the means to bring your own with you on your travels.
A real-life farm where you can meet and feed the animals? Yes, please. From sheep to horses and alpacas, Sacrewell Farm is an attraction for all ages. With scavenger hunts, wildlife trails and tractor rides, as well as a friendly atmosphere, you won’t be disappointed.
The farm shop even stocks local produce, perfect for the foodies of your group. You can pick up everything from organic fruit to dairy goods and confectionaries – all local of course. Finish off your trip at the café here that overlooks the farm and the surrounding countryside.
There’s nothing better after a long day of exploring than to partake in afternoon tea. Peterborough is home to numerous venues serving sweat treats, from charming little tea rooms to top-notch local breweries.
A few honourable mentions include Alwalton Hall, Bottle and Board, The Chalkboard, and Heavenly Desserts. The majority of these are family-run, so you’re sure to get to know the local community and try some homemade produce.
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