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Address: Peterborough PE1 1XS, England
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+44 1733 355315
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09:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
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Peterborough Cathedral is in the heart of the historic city of...

Peterborough Cathedral is in the heart of the historic city of Peterborough, England. There has been a place of worship and prayer on the site for 1350 years, the present building approaching it's 900th anniversary.With superb Gothic West Front and beautiful hand-painted wooden nave ceiling. Peterborough Cathedral is also the resting place of Henry VIII's first wife, Katherine of Aragon. The Cathedral was also once the resting place of Mary Queen of Scots until being moved to Westminster Abbey in 1612.Today it continues to be the focus for a vibrant community. It is the principle church for the Church of England diocese of Peterborough, which serves Northamptonshire, Rutland and the Soke of Peterborough.The origins of the Cathedral can be traced back to King Peada of the Middle Angles who founded the first monastery on the site in 655AD. The monastic settlement was almost entirely destroyed by the Vikings in 870 and rebuilt as a Benedictine Abbey between 960 and 970. The Abbey church then survived Hereward the Wake’s attack on the Abbey in 1069, and remained intact until an accidental fire destroyed the second Abbey here in 1116. It was rebuilt in its present form between 1118 and 1238. It became the Cathedral of the new Diocese of Peterborough in 1541 and it is now known as the Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew.

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Beautiful building, well worth taking time out of a busy day to look around. Grounds are lovely to sit in on a summers day.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Having visited Ely cathedral we decided to continue on to Peterborough as the cathedral has lots of history and the burial place of Katherine of Aragon. The cathedral is free to go in which is a pleasant change. It is a large cathedral with a spectacular fan vaulted ceiling by John Wastell who went on to work on Kings College... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful building, well worth taking time out of a busy day to look around. Grounds are lovely to sit in on a summers day.

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Thank Annette G
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Steeped in history, this gorgeous Cathedral situated in Peterborough's busy City Centre should be on everyone's list to visit. I often pop in on a Saturday afternoon to light a candle for a loved one and listen to the choir rehearsing ahead of the 5.30pm service. On a Sunday morning the wonderful peel of the bells can be heard throughout... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's stunning both in and out. A great facade with gothic traits and loads of architectural detail. Inside it's even more impressive with one of the only wooden ceiling in the UK. Katharine of Aragon's resting place and of course the old tomb of Mary Queen of Scots are just a couple of it's residents... Definitely worth a visit and... More 

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PboroCathedral, Public Relations Manager at Peterborough Cathedral, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the trouble to post. The West front is pretty spectacular. Do come again and have a guided tour, or to one of our many events and services. More 

cheltenham uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are near Peterborough do go into the Cathedral and spend a few quiet moments. The windows are a delight. Do take time to look at them. Surprised we could not find a coffee shop.

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PboroCathedral, Public Relations Manager at Peterborough Cathedral, responded to this review

We do have plans to open a coffee shop very soon - keep an eye on our website for details. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited for a concert. Beautiful building with spectacular architecture. Good visitor facilities. Recommended

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Thank Trevor H
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I would advise you try and make your visit on a day when there is one of their historical events such as the medieval market, it reall adds to the atmosphere.

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Thank Barry M
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With lots of history :-) I find it a very calming place . Just beautiful & free to get in , only if you want to donate some money as your leaving 👍 Thank you

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice place to visit, first of all the entrance is best from the town centre, where Starbucks is on the corner, walk through the old wooden large door and then you get the best view from the front, with various old houses on the right. Loads of green grass to sit on in good weather to take pictures while... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is so beautiful and I had a very good day seeing all of it and I went into a small part to say a few prayers and a few months later I went back to do it again. 👍

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PboroCathedral, Public Relations Manager at Peterborough Cathedral, responded to this review

Thank you. We do hope you can come again soon and maybe come to a service. More 

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