Peterborough Cathedral

Type:Cathedral

The Cathedral Office, Minster Precincts, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE1 1XS

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With one of the most dramatic West Fronts in the country, an extraordinary creation of medieval architecture, it would be easy for the interior to be an anticlimax, but it is not. The dramatic Romanesque interior is little altered since its completion 800 years ago and the whole building has recently undergone cleaning and restoration following the dramatic fire of November 2001.

The Cathedral is a great place to visit for all ages. You can download an interactive trail with augmented reality animations for mobile phones and tablets (search for Gamar Ltd in your app store, then Peterborough Cathedral Trail), explorer backpacks designed for smaller children and an activity book for older children.

With over 1350 years of Christian worship on the site this is a treasure-house of religious and historic artefacts. Highlights of any visit include Saxon carvings from the earlier buildings on this site, the unique painted nave ceiling, amazing fan vaulting in the 'new' building, elaborately carved Victorian Choir stalls and the burial place of two queens, Katharine of Aragon and Mary Queen of Scots. In the Cathedral Visitor Centre there is a fascinating timeline of objects that tell the story of the site from Roman times to the present day, and a model showing how the abbey was built in medieval times. The abbey was closed in 1539 on the orders of Henry VIII, but instead of being demolished, as so many monasteries were, it was re-launched as the Cathedral of a brand new diocese in 1541 and is still the seat of the Bishop of Peterborough and mother church for the diocese which covers Northamptonshire, Rutland and much of Peterborough.

The Cathedral Shop is located inside the building and a restaurant and tea room is available in the Becket Chapel opposite the main cathedral building.

Guided tours are offered Monday to Saturday. For group visits, please email tours@peterborough-cathedral.org.uk or call 01733 355315.

Guide Prices

Donations welcome.

Events

Wednesday, 1st December 2021 - Friday, 14th January 2022

Leaves of the Trees Exhibition at Peterborough Cathedral - by Peter Walker ‘The Leaves of the Trees’ exhibitionA unique, moving memorial sculpture has been placed in Peterborough Cathedral to encourage visitors to pause and reflect following another year constrained by the Covid pandemic. ‘The Leaves of the Trees’ exhibition has been designed by the sculptor Peter Walker whose ‘One Small Step’ artwork…
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Thursday, 9th December 2021 - Thursday, 9th December 2021

Stained glass in Peterborough CathedralOnline talk: Reflections on Peterborough's Stained GlassThe Cathedral's Estates and Facilities Manager, Tom Küpper, takes a closer look at the building’s stained glass collection and its place in history.
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Friday, 10th December 2021 - Friday, 10th December 2021

Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues will return to Peterborough Cathedral for a Christmas concertA Christmas LullabyOpera singer Gabriella Pineda-Rodrigues is preparing to perform at a special festive concert at Peterborough Cathedral on Friday 10th December at 7.30pm. The popular local mezzo-soprano will be returning to the Cathedral’s nave to sing a wonderful programme of seasonal songs entitled ‘A Christmas…
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Saturday, 11th December 2021 - Saturday, 11th December 2021

Christmas Magic - featuring performances from Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir, with Peterborough FestiChristmas MagicAlways a high-point of the festive season in Peterborough, Christmas Magic has delighted audiences from across the city and beyond for over a decade. Expect to hear favourites like We Three Kings, Walking in the Air, Carol of the Bells, Mary’s Boy Child, When a Child is Born, White…
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Tuesday, 14th December 2021 - Tuesday, 14th December 2021

Christmas Carols at Peterborough CathedralBusiness and Shoppers' CarolsTake a break from the Christmas busy-ness and end your day with this special service of readings, prayers and Christmas Carols to sing along to. Could be an opportunity to wear your Christmas hat or jumper! We hope to serve mulled wine and mince pies after the service.
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Friday, 17th December 2021 - Friday, 17th December 2021

Cathedrals at NightCathedral by Candlelight Tourhe Cathedral is beautiful by daylight, but even more so by candlelight. Come and enjoy an after-hours guided tour in this most atmospheric of settings. Our experienced guides will take you through a building where history is especially acute as day turns into night. Follow in the footsteps of the…
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Saturday, 18th December 2021 - Saturday, 18th December 2021

Peterborough Cathedral
Cathedral Christmas ConcertA Christmas choral spectacular performed by the Cathedral Choir, Youth Choir, and Festival Chorus, featuring seasonal favourites and familiar Christmas carols to sing along to.
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Tuesday, 21st December 2021 - Wednesday, 22nd December 2021

A Christmas Carol by ChapterhouseChapterhouse Presents: A Christmas CarolOn Christmas Eve, the most magical night of the year, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is whisked away on a terrifying journey through the past and into the future, accompanied by three fearsome ghosts determined to make him realize the true meaning of Christmas. Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story is…
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Thursday, 27th January 2022 - Sunday, 30th January 2022

Katharine of Aragon Festival at Peterborough Cathedral - 27 - 30 January 2022Katharine of Aragon FestivalThe Katharine of Aragon Festival commemorates 29th January 1536, when Henry VIII's first wife was buried at Peterborough Cathedral after her death in exile at Kimbolton Castle. She lies in Peterborough Cathedral to this day.
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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impaired

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Guided tours for individuals
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Road:From the A1M: Follow signs for city centre, follow ring road to jct 5.By Public Transport:From Peterborough station it is 10 minutes' walk to Peterborough Cathedral.Accessible by Public Transport: Peterborough station is 1 mile away.

Awards

  • Visit EnglandVistEngland VAQAS Gold VistEngland VAQAS Gold 2018

Opening Times

* Norman Cathedral opening times: Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm; Sun 12pm - 4pm

These times are subject to change due to events or services, so please check our website before your visit.

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