Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 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. 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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Robin N
Hartlepool, UK1,371 contributions
Jan 2022
A wonderfully calming walkaround on a Winter Tuesday. The Stewards were not in your face demanding money so it was pleasant paying generously and being thanked for it. I particularly enjoyed the various graves and several of those wonderful Cornish Gurney Stoves.
Outside a real treat - a Peregrin Falcon was circling the cathedral.
Written 16 January 2022
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Twotoneskaman
Kent2,188 contributions
Jan 2022
We visited Peterborough Cathedral during the first week of January 2022. Needless to say the Cathedral is a very impressive building. Upon entering we were greeted by a friendly, helpful member of staff who informed us that it was free to enter but any donations were very much appreciated which we happily made. Inside, the Cathedral is even more impressive. There was a fair bit of information dotted around which we found interesting. When you look at the architecture it's amazing to think that this building is in excess of 800 years old!
Written 9 January 2022
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Raf
3 contributions
Dec 2021
A lovely building inside and outside, with an interesting history. Clergy, staff and volunteers most welcoming.
Written 1 January 2022
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JenAnnie
Nottingham, UK269 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Another lovely stay in Peterborough. The lights & the festivities for Christmas are beautiful. Peterborough needs to be praised for how good it looks. We love staying here, the Cathedral is lovely ,the town centre is great & we always find lots of things to do.
Written 17 December 2021
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Ashifa R
2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
I was fortunate to have tour with Tim today with my family. We went to the highest point of the Cathedral and enjoyed the amazing view of the whole of Peterborough with the weather being pleasant and clear skys we could even see Ely Cathedral which was amazing. A big thank you to Tim for taking time out of his busy schedule to show us around. Would definitely recommend if you get the opportunity. Ashifa Rahemtulla
Written 5 December 2021
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Michelle
6 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
My son and i had an upper tour of this beautiful cathedral today and it was brilliant 😁The tour guides were very helpful and friendly and made my 10 year old son feel very welcome.To see behind the senses of the cathedral was special and the views amazing, we had a great visit, thank you 😁😁😁
Written 15 November 2021
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Emily L
4 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
We had a wonderful tour with one of the volunteers. Took us back through British history and medieval times all in one place. Amazing stuff guys, a must do.
Thank you so much xxx
Written 8 November 2021
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Matthew peck
Ipswich, UK390 contributions
Oct 2021
This cathedral was free to enter which was awesome. This was one of the most magnificent, best cathedral I had ever been to
Written 27 October 2021
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Connor Peck
Ipswich, UK297 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
This is the best cathedral I have ever been to. It is massive and is free to enter. You can just walk around inside the cathedral for free and this excellent. You should visit this!
Written 27 October 2021
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tommoCleveland
United Kingdom179 contributions
Sep 2021
As you would expect , peace and stillness. We were greeted at the door by a cheerful gent, he told us a bit about the building etc but not in a pushy manner. Obviously it was very old building but well looked after
Written 29 September 2021
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Peterborough Cathedral is open:
  • Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
  • Sat - Sun 09:00 - 15:00