Peterborough Cathedral

Type:Cathedral

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

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From 7th July until the week of 4th September 2022 there will be very limited access for general visitors to Peterborough Cathedral, whilst it hosts the Natural History Museum’s T.rex: The Killer Question (follow the link for tickets).

General access to the Cathedral will continue but is to the nave of the Cathedral only. Upper Level and Tower Tours also continue and are a great opportunity to see the hidden architecture of the Cathedral. See website for times and tickets.

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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

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.
more info

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.
more info

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.
more info

Wednesday, 23rd November 2022 - Saturday, 26th November 2022

LuxmuralisThe Beginning by Luxmuralis - light show at Peterborough CathedralFollowing their acclaimed son et lumière performance at Peterborough Cathedral last November, Luxmuralis will be bringing their art projection "The Beginning" to the Cathedral from Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th November 2022.
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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.
more info

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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