Originally founded around a Saxon abbey, Peterborough has developed into a vibrant modern city - with a rich and ancient heritage. One of the UK's top shopping destinations, the centre is dominated by its magnificent Norman Cathedral (noted for its breath-taking west front and painted wooden ceiling). Green open spaces include the Nene Park, with its lakes, cycle trails and steam train rides. Good nightlife, theatres, sporting venues and special
events (East of England Showground).