Peterborough Cathedral
Peterborough Cathedral
4.5
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
About
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 its 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 her body was 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.
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  • emma27025
    Ferndown, United Kingdom82 contributions
    Stunning
    Absolutely stunning, the volunteers were so lovely. It's free to enter but they do have donation boxes. The ceilings are out of this world. They have 2 disabled parking spaces on the grounds but couldn't find how to get in but we did park in the disabled bays that were a 3 min walk. Would definitely go again if I'm in the area.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 March 2023
  • SL Y
    657 contributions
    Beautiful cathedral
    Impressive cathedral. Very large space. Impressive brickwork, arches, ceiling and tower. Didn't realise Petersborough had such an impressive monument. Church where Katherine of Aragon is entombed, and well as original burial site of Mary Queen of Scots. Magnificent ceiling. Very high arches. Impressive old heaters inside heating up the inside of the cathedral
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 April 2023
  • tams74
    Peterborough, United Kingdom46 contributions
    Amazing tour!
    Took my dad for the upper levels and tower tour as a Father’s Day present and I can’t recommend this tour enough! Our guide Gareth was so friendly and knowledgeable, we learnt so much about our beautiful cathedral. Loved it!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 June 2023
  • JohnnyUttah
    Ilkeston, United Kingdom41 contributions
    Fabulous
    My wife and I visited this wonderful Cathedral today for the first time. We had a fantastic time all thanks to our guide, Brian. Brian gave us a superb guided tour and although it should have only lasted one hour he stayed with us for one and a half hours at our request. His knowledge was impressive and he relayed it in a manner that had us hooked to the end.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Thomas M
    Offenbach, Germany6,656 contributions
    Impressive, Important Medieval Cathedral, Lots to See (Normally, i.e.)
    Peterborough Cathedral (or, as it's officially named, the Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew) is the seat of the Anglican bishop of Peterborough and one of the most imposing medieval churches in England, its present building dating back to the 12th century, while the West facade is an impressive example of Early English Gothic. It features many busts, stone tables and church insignia; alas, during my visit less than half of the building was accessible, because a Star Wars-y show occupied most of the Eastern part of the church which I did not want to see. John Williams-type music was playing in the church constantly. This was actually my second visit to Peterborough Cathedral, but my first extended stay in the city. Entry is "free", but you're supposed to donate some money before you enter the nave proper. It's certainly worth parting with a few quid. The church grounds are also worth seeing, though the monastery garden wasn't accessible this time either. Entry is through the gate on the West side, which opens to Cathedral Square, the prettiest part of Peterborough.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 August 2023
  • John Actor
    Matlock, United Kingdom24 contributions
    Wonderful cathedral - superb tour
    Took an afternoon tour of Peterborough cathedral yesterday (start time: 2.30pm; cost: fiver): it was as excellent as the cathedral itself was marvellous. Guide Barrie Cull did a very, very fine job. Not only extremely knowledgable but highly personable with it. We had a delightful time.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • John Hood
    Exeter, United Kingdom9 contributions
    Star Wars adventures in Unofficial Galaxies
    During a much-needed summer break, we got to see the Unofficial Galaxies Star Wars exhibition at Peterborough Cathedral. This was the first Star Wars-related event I've attended since Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016. Dad wielding a lightsaber was a highlight. Special thanks to the volunteers who made us feel so welcome and part of an amazing community of fans.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 September 2023
  • JoG2212
    Kettering, United Kingdom41 contributions
    Great experience
    Today I went with my granddaughter, who really loves her history, to Peterborough Cathedral to do the upper level and roof tour, and it was absolutely amazing, Gareth and Mark were ours tour guides and they were so knowledgeable and informative. Some areas are quite narrow, and there are spiral stairs to go up and down, but the building is so beautiful from up there, and the views from the roof, amazing. My granddaughter loved it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 September 2023
  • LouEastbourne
    London, United Kingdom82 contributions
    A great cathedral and tour
    I recommend a visit to Peterborough Cathedral. The cathedral is around a ten minute walk from the train station and easy to find. It is a large cathedral and can be explored alone but I definitely recommend booking a guided tour. I was able to book online beforehand at £5. My guide was Barry who gave an excellent and very informative tour. Barry gave many facts and stories which I would have overlooked/not known if I had not booked the tour. It is well worth the tour. There is a small gift shop where you can buy a guidebook amongst other items. I highly recommend a visit especially for people with a Tudor interest as it houses Katharine of Aragon’s tomb.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 October 2023
  • Ernie H
    Cardiff, United Kingdom1,824 contributions
    Imposing
    Outside only review as not open after a working day. First impressions are awe as it is imposing from the front aspect after passing through the Norman arch. Walk around the whole building and it is obvious at to what has been lost over the years, There are information boards dotted around to explain those.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 October 2023
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Rod P
Wellingborough, UK5 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Our guides Gareth and Paul had a genuine interest in, and a lot of knowledge about the cathedral. It was very informative and enjoyable and excellent value, thank you.
Written 21 February 2024
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Richard G
3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Fantastic tour of the Upper tower.
Paul and Rod were great guides, giving us the whole story of the 900 years the cathedral has been built.
Written 15 February 2024
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felix n
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very nice ancient Cathedral 👌🏿 with lots of historic scenery 😀. Loved it. I highly recommend this place for everyone to visit.
Written 14 February 2024
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dwvane
Heswall, UK15 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
I led a group of 16 over-60s to Peterborough Cathedral. We pre-arranged a guided tour with Luke and our guides were Sue and Stephen, due to the size of our group. The cathedral is very impressive and deserves to be recognised as on a par with the better-known cathedrals like Salisbury, Canterbury and Durham.

Architecturally it is unusual with pre-gothic roman arches, gothic elements, an amazing original painted wooden ceiling and a most beautiful fan-vaulted roof section. Historically it is very interesting. Catherine of Aragon is buried there and Mary Queen of Scots was buried there for a few years, but the history dates back to Saxon times.

Our guides were very professional, covering architectural elements and the historical connections with royalty and others of note. They described some of the intriguing mysteries that remain; they would make great Dan Brown novels. They fully engaged the groups. Although I had been there before I gained a much better appreciation of the magnificence of the architecture and the changing role of the cathedral in English history.

All in all a very professionally managed tour with top-notch guides.

Tips: for a larger group, meet in advance in Beckett's Tea Rooms and have lunch in Turtle Bay restaurant. The two recommended long-stay car parks were full by 11 am but there is another car park at Meadow Fields just over the bridge with plenty of spaces.
Written 8 February 2024
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Fearless18858075410
Haverhill, UK3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Haverhill U3A City Walkers group visited the vibrant City of Peterborough on 7 February 24 for its monthly outing. Highlight of the day was a guided tour of the Cathedral . Well worth a visit to this magnificent 12th Century building. Our guide, Stephen Dodding, conducted an interesting tour of the building pointing out the architectural aspects, the local social history and it's importance in National History. A City centre location. A visit is strongly recommended.
Written 8 February 2024
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Jim L
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
We were 16 members of Haverhill U3A on an organized visit and, on arrival, were met by 2 guides, both of whom were excellent. 8 of us went with Stephen, whose depth of knowledge of the cathedral and its history was remarkable and he told its story with enthusiasm and obvious love of the place. This is a remarkable building with a remarkable history and is well worth a visit, if only for the stories of Mary, Queen of Scots and Catherine of Aragon, whose remains were buried there, but much, much more!
Written 8 February 2024
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Des C
St Helens73 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Had a very enjoyable guided Highlights Tour of the cathedral very interesting. Made very welcome by the very knowledgeable guide unfortunately I didn't get his name.
Written 29 January 2024
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Chantel W
2 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Me and my Mum visited the Cathedral today for the exhibition and we were taken aback by the history there. We joined the tour, taken by Steve, and couldn't have had a better tour guide. He was very informative, approachable and made us appreciate the history there even more.
Written 27 January 2024
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eden c
3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Had a tour around the cathedral. Very interesting—as all the cathedrals are cause they’re all historically related. Highlight would be Katherine of Aragon’s burial site and Mary of scots’ former burial site
Written 27 January 2024
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Andrew B
4 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Definitely worth a visit. There are some very interesting features and treasures to learn about. Also had a bit of a workout going up and down small spiral staircases and standing o the top of the roof with a 360 degree view. Fabulous. We stayed on for evensong. The children in the choir sang beautifully. We were made to feel most welcome. Thanks to the staff and volunteers for making our day special.
Written 25 January 2024
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