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Peterborough Guide: What To Do When You Visit Peterborough

Jan 24, 2008
Dating back to before the Bronze Age, Peterborough is an area of fenlands, which are flat and some areas are even below sea level.

One of the most famous features of Peterborough is the cathedral. This was originally founded in 655 AD and the current building dates back almost 900 years. Fans of imposing gothic cathedrals won't be disappointed here! The cathedral boats three enormous arches that are architecturally unique.

The nightlife in Peterborough is varied and there are plenty of venues to visit whether you are looking for a quiet drink or would prefer to dance the night away. You may want to take the time to listen to local bands, who regularly play at the various venues in the city.

For a more cultural time, it would be worth coinciding your visit with events such as the CAMRA beer festival or the annually occurring East of England Show.

Or maybe you would prefer to take in a play at the Key Theatre, located on the bank of the river Nene. It features local and national productions as well as concerts and other entertainment.

As befits a multicultural city, there is a wide range of restaurants in Peterborough featuring the expected Chinese, Italian and Indian cuisines and, more recently, Polish and Japanese food as well.

The Posh (Peterborough United Football Club) play their games in a ground on the south bank of the river Nene. They have a reputation for upsetting the apple cart in a variety of football competitions and still hold the record for the highest number of league goals scored in one season.

The more leisurely sport of rowing is featured in regattas in both spring and summer and February sees a river race, once again on the river Nene.

The Great Eastern Run is a half marathon that takes place on the streets of the city and usually attracts around three thousand runners as well as plenty of spectators.

If ice hockey is your favourite sport then make sure to check out the Peterborough Phantoms in one of their Premier Ice Hockey League games.

Fans of motor sports are catered for in Peterborough at the East of England Showground, which regularly hosts speedway races.

One of the interesting archaeological sites in the area is Flag Fen. This is a Bronze Age site with a visitor centre to make sure that you can follow the site's history from then to modern times. There are also some interesting Iron Age roundhouse reconstructions that you can wander round.

Railway enthusiasts can check out the heritage Nene Valley Railway, which is currently being run by the Peterborough Railway Society.

If you enjoy visiting historic stately homes, be sure to go to Burghley House, just north of the city. The gardens were laid out by Capability Brown in the 1700's and the impressive looking house itself dates back to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. If you saw the film "The Da Vinci Code", then you may well recognise it as one of the locations that were used.
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