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Places to stay in Peterborough
Peterborough is often not thought of as a typical destination for visitors, but the city hides a wealth of history and many fascinating discoveries. From its beautifully-maintained 12th century cathedral to the modern pedestrianised city centre, the history of Peterborough is ready and waiting for exploration.
Just outside the hustle and bustle of the centre, the city gives way to the rural landscape of Cambridgeshire, and the beautiful parks and pastures which bank the River Nene - ideal for getting out for a walk, bike ride or a bit of wildlife spotting, but also great for simply relaxing by the water.
The thriving city of Peterborough is surrounded by beautiful countryside that is perfect for outdoor pursuits, making it a great getaway destination. YHA has a hostel just outside the city at Thurlby, providing the perfect relaxing spot to base your break.
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Five Free Things To Do In Peterborough
Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery
This attraction has recently undergone a £3.2 million redevelopment, expanding the space so it can now house over 200,000 different pieces, while audio guides are now available for visitors. The Georgian building is also said to be the most haunted in Peterborough!
Speaking of ghostly goings-on, Peterborough features in its fair share of scary tales, as mapped out in the book Haunted Peterborough. Take a walk through the city and visit the sites of some of those spooky stories.
Ferry Meadows is the Green Flag space at the heart of Nene Park, and is a great place for relaxing by the river, walking in the countryside, cycling, playing with the kids in the playground or even a spot of fishing on the River Nene.
This local nature reserve is a beautiful sight at any time of the year sitting on the banks of the River Nene, the varied landscape - featuring scrub, marsh, tussocky grassland, and many types of willow - make it a great place for wildlife spotting.
The City Market
Peterborough's City Market is not just a place to pick up fresh fruit and veg - it regularly hosts musical events throughout the year. Last year saw it host Military History Day and musical showcases from the decades of the 20th century.