Local Attractions

Burghley House

Burghley, one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age.

Built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587, the main part of the House has 35 major rooms on the ground and first floors.

There are more than 80 lesser rooms and numerous halls, corridors, bathrooms and service areas. The lead roof extends to three quarters of an acre, restoration and rebuilding of which began in 1983 and took nearly ten years to complete. Visitor facilities include the Orangery restaurant, gift shop, gardens and beautiful walks around the historic parkland laid out by Capability Brown and still occupied by a herd of fallow deer.

History can come alive in a single trip whether it is to enjoy a guided tour, take a dog for a walk in the park, take the children to paddle, see the teddy bear’s picnic in the gardens of surprise or take time over lunch in the Orangery. visit website»


Peterborough Green Wheel

The Peterborough Millennium Green Wheel is an 80 kilometres (50 mi) network of cycleways, footpaths and bridleways. Designed as part of a sustainable transport system for the city, it was created as part of a Millennium project around Peterborough.

The name Green Wheel alludes to the circular nature of the major part of the path, which encircles Peterborough, with cycle route “spokes” leading from this perimeter, which passes through several peripheral settlements around Peterborough, into the city centre, allowing easy transport around the network, much of which required no new construction, instead using or improving already existing cycle routes or roads. The only major new construction for the project was that of a curved cycle bridge over the River Nene near Whittlesey, from where the path can be accessed northwards towards Flag Fen, into the city centre or southwards towards the Ortons. The network is fully signposted. As well as this, three circular pipe tunnels were constructed near Etton village in order to allow the Green Wheel route to pass underneath the A15.

The project also encourages recreational use and has created a sculpture trail, which provides functional, landscape artworks along the Green Wheel route and a ‘Living Landmarks’ project involving the local community in the creation of local landscape features such as mini woodlands, ponds and hedgerows. view interactive map»


Peterborough Cathedral

The Cathedral is an Enjoy England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction and is visited by approximately 60-70,000 people per year.

There is so much to see here that there is something for everyone – whether you are interested in romanesque or gothic architecture, wish to pay your respects at Katharine of Aragon’s grave, attend one of our magnificent music events or whether you simply want somewhere to go for a little bit of peace. visit website»


Flag Fen Bronze Age Centre & Archaeology Park

Travel back 3,500 years to discover what life was like for our prehistoric ancestors at the finest Bronze Age archaeological site in Northern Europe. Discovered by Francis Pryor in 1982, the remains of a prehistoric causeway can be seen by visitors. visit website»


Nene Valley Railway Ltd

The 7.5-mile steam-operated Nene Valley Railway runs alongside the River Nene from Peterborough (Nene Valley station), through Wansford to Yarwell. Wansford is the main station (free parking) where there is a café and all facilities. visit website»


Ferry Meadows Country Park

Ferry Meadows Country Park is at the heart of Nene Park. Its lakes, meadows, woodlands and riverside make it a favourite destination throughout the year. visit website»


Railworld

Railworld highlights sustainable transport and the environment, with superb model railway, hands on items and fun for all the family. visit website»


Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre

You probably know us as a lovely place for children to see the animals, run around in beautiful countryside and let off steam in our state-of-the-art playbarn – but there’s a lot more to Sacrewell. visit website»