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Top Five Things to Do in Peterborough

Everybody has heard of Cambridge, the famous English university city, but a less well-beaten path across East Anglia leads to the birthplace of Chat English teacher, James.  In this blog, he talks us through his top five things to do in the “Posh” city of Peterborough…

1. Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral, or to give it its full name ‘The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Andrew’ was originally constructed by the Anglo-Saxons, but the building which survives today was largely built by the Normans in the 12th Century.  The Cathedral is a very impressive building, featuring Early English Gothic architecture.  Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon was buried in the Cathedral in 1536, and her grave remains there today, with visitors often leaving flowers and, as a reference to her personal symbol, pomegranates.  Mary, Queen of Scots was also initially laid to rest there following her execution at nearby Fotheringhay Castle, before she was later moved to Westminster Abbey.

2. Ferry Meadows

Ferry Meadows is a beautiful, natural country park found in the middle of the larger Nene Park area.  Located less than five kilometres from the busy city centre, this unspoilt outdoor area is perfect to escape from the hustle and bustle.  Boasting meadows, lakes, and forest areas, as well as cafés to quench your thirst after a brisk walk or bike route, Ferry Meadows is perfect for all the family.  The lake is also home to various water sports, while those who prefer to stay on dry land can enjoy a relaxed horse ride through the countryside.

3. Nene Valley Railway

While enjoying a day at Nene Park, visitors can also make the most of the Nene Valley Railway.  Extending from Peterborough to further afield, this railway route allows guests to enjoy journeys in a more traditional manner, stepping back in time and travelling by either steam or diesel train.  For the younger members of the family, the railway also houses trains based on their favourite cartoon characters.

4. Flag Fen

Located just outside the city of Peterborough, Flag Fen is a Bronze Age site believed to have been constructed 3500 years ago.  Academic research has speculated that the area was home to religious ceremonies at the time.  Many of the items found would have been very expensive, such as gold earrings and ancient swords.  Nowadays the site is home to a Visitor Centre, as well as reconstructed Bronze Age and Iron Age settlements.

5. Sports

While Peterborough doesn’t enjoy the sporting heritage of many other English cities, spectators can still attend a number of venues and get their adrenaline pumping!  Peterborough is home to a popular greyhound racing track, with races every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night.  Furthermore, the city is home to Peterborough United Football Club.  While the club, whose nickname is ‘The Posh’ currently competes in League 1 (the third division of English football), in recent years they have been in the Championship (the second division), as well as winning cup finals at Wembley and Old Trafford and selling players for millions of pounds.  Up the Posh! 

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