Peterborough is a cathedral city in the East of England and the largest settlement in Cambridgeshire. This diverse city is set against a gorgeous rural landscape and has a rich heritage evident throughout the city. History buffs will be spoilt for choice, as the city boasts a range of historical buildings, stately homes churches and cathedrals. The city offers a wide range of cultural experiences too, with the excellent Peterborough museum where you’re able to discover the city’s heritage. For those who enjoy spending the day hitting the shops there are plenty of excellent places to indulge in an afternoon of retail therapy. The city has numerous shopping centres and a bustling high street home to chain stores and independent shops.
A smaller family car would be more or less ideal for driving in urban centres, spacious for families and fuel-efficient for motorway driving when making your way out of Peterborough.
Driving in Peterborough
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Important things to note
Much of the city centre is pedestrianized so driving in the city centre might prove hard to navigate. Most areas of interest in the city are within walking distance.
Peterborough has excellent transport connections. The A1(M) runs through the city to London and Cambridge.
The city has numerous car parks located at shopping centres and elsewhere around the city. Most car parks operate a pay and display scheme, observe local parking regulations to avoid getting a fine or having your vehicle clamped.
Highlights & Hotspots
Culture vultures might enjoy a trip to Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery to learn the city’s fascinating history. This child-friendly museum has a variety of hands-on displays and exhibits including a Victorian operating theatre, underwater world and a Victorian railway cottage.
Take a trip to Ely Cathedral where you can’t help but fall in love with the stunning architecture which blends different styles. There’s so much to discover in this majestic building – guided tours are given for those who want to know more about its history and explore the Octagon and West Towers.
Shopaholics will love the wide range of shops and stores at Queensgate shopping centre. The centre itself is home to a range of well-known high street brands, as well as a variety of eateries and restaurants. Nearby, Westgate Arcade is home to numerous independent retailers and boutiques.
Outdoorsy types and families will enjoy spending a day at the fantastic Ferry Meadows Country Park, a fantastic, unspoilt nature reserve which has hiking and mountain biking trails among the beautiful lakes and woodland. There’s also a train and adventure playground ideal for a family day out.
Peterborough is served by East Midlands, London Stansted, Luton and Norwich airports.
East Midlands Airport is located approximately 63 miles from Peterborough city centre and is accessible via the A47 and A1 roads.
London Stansted Airport is located approximately 62 miles from Peterborough town centre and is accessible via the A14 and M11 motorway.
Luton Airport is located approximately 64 miles from Peterborough town centre and is accessible via the A421 road.
Norwich Airport is located approximately 79 miles from Peterborough town centre and is accessible via the A47 road.