From London, take the A1(M) northwards. From Cambridge, take the A14 northeastwards, before joining the A1(M).
Peterborough station is on the East Coast Main Line from London King's Cross to York, Durham, Newcastle upon Tyne and Edinburgh. It is 45 minutes travel from London on the fastest East Coast trains, but slower on the stopping First Capital Connect services. There is also services to and from Norwich on East Midlands Trains, where there is 1ph also stopping at Ely and Thetford. There is 1tph to Cambridge and London Stansted airport also stopping at Ely also at Leicester and Birmingham New Street in the other direction, this is run by Crosscountry. There is also a train service to Ipswich stopping Ely, Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds, this is run by National Express East Anglia.
There is a fairly good cycle & footpath network. Much of the city centre is pedestrianised
Taxis are good value as the city is not very large and it has a decent network of ringroads.
phone: +44 1733 355300address: PE1 1XSNB: access may be limited during services, no set admission fee, but donations appreciated (£3.50 suggested). It was founded as an abbey in 665; the present building was started in 1118 and completed in 1238. Highlights of the Cathedral include the West Front with its unique English Gothic Portico, the original 13th century painted nave ceiling (the only English example and one of only four in Europe!), the burials of Katharine of Aragon (1st wife from six of Henry VIII) and of Mary Queen of Scots, the fan vaulting of the New Building Ceiling, the Hedda Stone (an 8th Century Saxon carving from the original church) and St Oswald's Chapel with its original 12th century watchtower.
phone: +44 1733 343329address: Priestgate, PE1 1LF
address: The Droveway, Northey Road, PE6 7QJThe Bronze Age settlement is 2-3 miles east of Peterborough City Centre and you will need a car or taxi to get there. The Flag Fen website is regularly updated and includes information on public events and developments in the archaeological park, educational programmes for schools, opening times and admission charges. It also carries news of the latest archaeological discoveries from the excavations.
phone: +44 1733 864663address: Thorpe Rd, PE3 6LUA 14th-century building with medieval wall paintings.
phone: +44 1733 260222address: 1 Mallard Road, Peterboroughat Planet Ice, also used by the Peterborough Phantoms ice hockey team. Check availability before heading there.
phone: +44 1780 784444address: Wansford Station, Stibbington, PE8 6LRRide the heritage railway passing through pleasant countryside, stopping off at one of the pretty villages for lunch.
phone: +44 1780 782254address: Thornhaugh, PE8 6HJHeritage farm attraction and 18th century watermill
phone: +44 1733 311666address: Long Causeway, PE1 1NT
Pizza Houseaddress: 3 CowgateThe oldest pizza restaurant in the city, started in 1980, right in the heart of the city centre. It's a cafe-style pizza house, still owned and run by an Italian family, and pre-dates the invasion by US pizza chains and even Pizza Express.
- There are a vast number of 'takeaway' restaurants but if you'd like to eat quality fish and chips, English style, try Parrotts Fish Parlour near the market, where you can sit down and much in relative comfort.
The Brewery TapThe former unemployment office, converted into a pub and microbrewery in the late 1990s. It has won awards from national magazines for its quality. It serves Thai food, but more notably a huge range of 'real ales' - traditional English beers which are not pasteurised or gassed with CO2. Its 'native' beer is brewed by Oakham Ales, which once ran the micro-brewery you can see through the plate glass panels.
ChartersA converted Dutch grain barge, that sits at a jaunty angle in the river, forever threatening to sink, also serves a range of traditional beers. It has a restaurant, East, upstairs serving Asian 'fusion' food, and downstairs a bar which doubles as a music venue on some weekends, with late-night live blues and other music. Additionally, Charters has a large 'bandstand' garden designed by noted UK landscaper Bunny Guinness.
Palmerston Armsaddress: Oundle RoadTiny, one of England's most traditional pubs. Instead of serving its traditional ales from pumps on the bar, it serves them downstairs in the cellar direct from the cask, and brings the ales to the bar.
phone: +44 1733 564240address: Thorpe Meadows
phone: +44 1733 371111address: Tesla Court Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood
phone: +44 1733 561364address: Westgate