Peterborough’s Little Known History & Charm

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Whether you are looking for things to do in Peterborough with the kids this weekend or you simply want to know what’s on offer in Peterborough then let me point you in the right direction, as a local here’s some of the most vital places to make sure you visit when you are next passing through Peterborough.

Peterborough is a known as a Cathedral City in East Anglia, with an estimated population of 250,000 people living there. Geographically speaking it falls within the county of Cambridgeshire; it is the largest city in Cambridgeshire and twenty-seventh largest in the whole of the United Kingdom! If you haven’t been, why not? Only 75 miles north of London, and thus so much closer to the cities of the North, it is the ideal spot to set up home for the regular commuter.
Peterborough’s Little Known History & Charm
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Also the city of Peterborough offers the outlying military installation of RAF Wittering, which has provided many jobs to locals and commuters, giving the area affluence for potential buyers. Peterborough is currently experiencing an economic boom compared to the rest of the country, believed in part to be due to the regeneration plan that ran in the latter part of 2012. It looks like this county might be an up and coming area, with more and more money being invested into the area for sports, business and property. 

The City
To give you an overview, the city has the perfect mix of things to do whatever you are in to! Experience the magnificent Norman Cathedral, which is a special experience, housing beautiful grounds and majestic architecture. Or how about following the heritage trail at Peterborough Museum, and be transported back in time - explore history first hand.

Fancy tiring out the kids for an afternoon? Then take the children to the Green Flag award-winning parks or try the Ferry Meadows Country Park for a relaxing walk (or mad chase!) around the stunning lakes and woodlands. For those of you who enjoy the odd spot of retail therapy, then Peterborough won’t disappoint! It’s not just woodlands and animals in this town, it is packed with commercial properties, from businesses to shops, and cafés to pubs! With its vibrant regional shopping centre, Peterborough Garden Park and independent stores across the historic centre with a City Market, there is something to suit all budgets and time scales.

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When the daylight fades experience Peterborough's nightlife, there is plenty to choose from! There are two theatres offering a range of drama, ballet and concerts, the Key Theatre and the Cresset Theatre. For food and drink a varied selection of restaurants serving cuisine for every palate, from the fussiest eaters to the spiciest curries. Cocktail bars and nightclubs are open until the early hours of the morning, and they’re all right on your doorstep, you can walk around the city centre without having to pay for taxis.

If the night time doesn’t interest you, then have I mentioned that Peterborough is Sports mad, as many of you will have heard already about their football team Peterborough United, known far and wide as ‘the Posh’! Not to mention the fact that the city has 4 sports stadiums dedicated to football, speedway, ice hockey and greyhounds – there really is lots going on here!

The History
If we take a step back in time, the Peterborough area was home to a magnificent Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew. It was founded in the Anglo-Saxon period, and has been rebuilt since then.  The architecture dates back to the 12th Century. With its magnificent West Front, gorgeous hand-painted nave ceiling and imposing marble alter, it has been named one of the finest Cathedrals in the UK.  Dating back over 1350 years it hosts a plethora of features and activities to not only see but to explore too! You can take one of the famous Cathedral tours and see the city of Peterborough from the Cathedral rooftops, you can light a candle and remember a loved one, visit Katherine of Aragon’s grave and Mary Queen of Scots’ former resting place, or why not spend some time exploring the beautiful cathedral gardens abundant with plants and wildlife. To book your tour today then just visit: peterborough cathedral.

Fancy something a little more scenic? Then Flag-Fen is for you. Located just to the south-east of Peterborough, the Bronze Age site comprises over 60,000 timbers, arranged in five long rows, creating a long wooden causeway that goes over the wet fenland. Part of the way down the causeway a small island has been formed where it is presumed that many religious ceremonies would have occurred over the centuries. Explore the old wooden ruins of the Flag Fens, but make sure you take your wellies in case you fall in!

Dive in
Fancy moving here yourself? Or even thinking about re-locating your business to Peterborough? Then make sure you have experienced the city first, like the daily commute and the surrounding area. Secondly you have to find the right business park to suit you, Lynchwood Business Park is the most popular and affluent area to go for, especialy if your business is already established and you are looking to rent a large space. If you are looking for something a little bit different then why not take a look at houses on the market that you could transform into your very own commercial property? There are many different options to look at, therefore make sure you go to the right property agent to help you!

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Karen
About the Author:

Karen is a prolific writer and lover of the local city of Peterborough. Currently looking at moving her business premises to the city, she’s hoping Barker Storey Matthews will be able to find her the perfect location in this up and coming new area of the UK.

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