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

Sunday, 8th May 2022 - Sunday, 5th June 2022

It's a New Day Exhibition at Peterborough CathedralIt's a New Day (Exhibition)It's A New Day is an exhibition of paintings of sunrise scenes from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. They were created by artist and Baptist minister Revd Chris Duffett.
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Sunday, 5th June 2022 - Sunday, 5th June 2022

Peterborough Cathedral Jubilee celebrationsPlatinum Jubilee Picnic at Peterborough CathedralCelebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Sunday 5th June by coming along to an outdoor picnic on the green in front of Peterborough Cathedral, from 12 noon until 3.00pm.
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Wednesday, 8th June 2022 - Wednesday, 8th June 2022

Sunday, 19th June 2022 - Sunday, 19th June 2022

Volunteer Recruitment for T Rex: The Killer Question at Peterborough CathedralVolunteer Recruitment for T Rex: The Killer QuestionThis summer you could be walking with dinosaurs! Come and find out about this exciting exhibition and how you could help out as a volunteer.
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Wednesday, 15th June 2022 - Wednesday, 15th June 2022

As You Like ItShakespeare's Comedies - As You Like ItThere’s a Shakespearean feel to the programme at Peterborough Cathedral this summer, with outdoor performances of two of the bard’s best loved comedies. A joyous and celebratory production of As You Like It will be performed by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men on Wednesday 15th June at 7.00pm, on the…
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Thursday, 16th June 2022 - Thursday, 16th June 2022

The Lindsay ManuscriptOnline History Talk - The Lindsay Psalter2022 marks 800 years since the end of Robert Lindsay’s abbacy at Peterborough. Sub Librarian and Special Collections Librarian Kathryn McKee and medievalist Dr Sarah Gilbert will introduce you to the collection held at St John’s College and explore the Lindsay Manuscript and its digitized images in…
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Thursday, 16th June 2022 - Thursday, 16th June 2022

Thursday, 14th July 2022 - Thursday, 14th July 2022

Thursday, 15th September 2022 - Thursday, 15th September 2022

Thursday, 20th October 2022 - Thursday, 20th October 2022

Thursday, 17th November 2022 - Thursday, 17th November 2022

Thursday, 15th December 2022 - Thursday, 15th December 2022

Online History Talks at Peterborough CathedralOnline History Talks at Peterborough CathedralPeterborough Cathedral's Online History Talks delve into the history of the building, the city, and our own heritage. The talks cover a huge range of subject from Tudor life, beloved Queens of England, medieval music, rebellions and skirmishes through to important religious relics in our city.
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Saturday, 18th June 2022 - Saturday, 18th June 2022

Sustaining God's Creation - conference of cathedralsEco Churches online conferenceSix cathedrals in the east of England join forces to host an online conference to help churches play their part in achieving the Church of England’s goal of ‘net carbon zero by 2030’.
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Thursday, 14th July 2022 - Thursday, 14th July 2022

Mary Queen of ScotsOnline History Talk - Forgotten Funeral: Mary, Queen of Scots and PeterboroughWe commemorate annually the burial of Katharine of Aragon in Peterborough, but often forget that she was not the only Queen buried here in the Tudor period. But what were the circumstances of Mary’s death? Why was she buried here, only to be later exhumed and moved to London?
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Thursday, 14th July 2022 - Thursday, 14th July 2022

A Midsummer Night's DreamShakespeare's Comedies - A Midsummer Night’s DreamThere’s a Shakespearean feel to the programme at Peterborough Cathedral this summer, with outdoor performances of two of the bard’s best loved comedies. A joyous and celebratory production of As You Like It will be performed by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men on Wednesday 15th June at 7.00pm, on the…
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Monday, 18th July 2022 - Saturday, 3rd September 2022

T-Rex scavenger close up © The Natural History Museum LondonT.rex: The Killer QuestionThe Natural History Museum’s touring exhibition, T.rex: The Killer Question, will be shown in 900-year-old Peterborough Cathedral from 18th July to 3rd September 2022.
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Thursday, 28th July 2022 - Thursday, 28th July 2022

Alice in Wonderland - performed at The Cloisters in Peterborough CathedralAlice in WonderlandJoin Alice down the rabbit hole in her magical adventures through Wonderland in this brand-new open-air adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s family favourite ‘Alice In Wonderland.’
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Saturday, 30th July 2022 - Saturday, 30th July 2022

PygmalionPygmalionDOT Productions present George Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion' in the Cloisters. Could a Cockney Flower girl really be transformed into a Fair Lady?
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Saturday, 30th July 2022 - Saturday, 30th July 2022

Jungle BookThe Jungle BookDOT Productions presents Rudyard Kipling's 'The Jungle Book' in the Cloisters at Peterborough Cathedral.
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Friday, 19th August 2022 - Friday, 19th August 2022

The Three MusketeersThe Three MusketeersBoxtree Productions presents an outdoor performance of the family friendly musical, 'The Three Musketeers'.
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Thursday, 15th September 2022 - Thursday, 15th September 2022

Stephen OliverOnline History Talk - Still Standing: Cathedral Restorations in the 21st CenturyExplore the hidden spaces of the Cathedral through the lens of Cathedral Architect, Stephen Oliver, and learn what it takes to keep a 900 year old building standing!
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Thursday, 20th October 2022 - Thursday, 20th October 2022

Gothic Revival of Peterborough CathedralOnline History Talk - Peterborough’s Gothic Revival: Restorations of the 19th CenturyCathedral Guide Mark Short presents an illustrated talk exploring the changes made to the Cathedral’s fabric during the 19th century.
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Thursday, 17th November 2022 - Thursday, 17th November 2022

Before 1116 - the history of Peterborough's AbbeyOnline History Talk - Peterborough Abbey before 1116Cathedral archaeologist Dr Jackie Hall presents the archaeological discoveries that inform our understanding of the Saxon abbeys that have gone before.
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Thursday, 15th December 2022 - Thursday, 15th December 2022

Online History Talk - A Tudor Christmas with Alison Weir and Siobhan ClarkeWe might assume that our modern Christmas owes much to the Victorians. In fact, as Alison Weir and Siobhan Clarke reveal, many of our favourite Christmas traditions date back much further.
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Thursday, 15th December 2022 - Thursday, 15th December 2022

Online History Talks at Peterborough CathedralOnline History Talks at Peterborough CathedralPeterborough Cathedral's Online History Talks delve into the history of the building, the city, and our own heritage. The talks cover a huge range of subject from Tudor life, beloved Queens of England, medieval music, rebellions and skirmishes through to important religious relics in our city.
more info

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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