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Culture and Heritage

Peterborough has a rich history which tells a fascinating story. The famous Norman Cathedral is located in the heart of the city and is undoubtedly one of Peterborough’s biggest tourist attractions. It is also the burial place of Katherine of Aragon.

The history and culture of the city is preserved in the refurbished Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery. The museum houses over 100,000 objects and showcases a changing exhibition programme. Thrill seekers can also spook themselves onto one of the museum’s popular Ghost Walks and discover Peterborough’s paranormal history too.

Flag Fen Archaeological Park is a 28-acre park built on the site of a Bronze Age settlement; Clare Cottage in Helpston is the former home of poet John Clare; and Longthorpe Tower is a 14th century fortified manor house with the most significant and complete secular wall painting of the period in northern Europe.

Just 15 minutes from Peterborough stands Burghley House – one of Britain’s greatest Elizabethan houses – home to the internationally renowned annual Burghley Horse Trials.

Theatres & Arts

The Key Theatre – overlooking the River Nene in the city centre – brings an abundance of entertainment and culture to the heart of the city in a perfect 94-seat intimate venue. A visit to the theatre will reward you with nationally touring shows, dance, comedy, live music and much more. They also put on a range of their own shows, including Christmas pantomimes and productions throughout the year.

The Stamford Shakespeare Company also present an annual season of plays in June, July and August. These are performed at Rutland Open Air Theatre in the grounds of historic Tolethorpe Hall, a short a 30 minute drive out of Peterborough.

For more ideas on cultural entertainment on offer in Peterborough, please take a look at the links below.