Living in Peterborough

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Whatever you’re looking for in a city, Peterborough has a great blend of everything, only on a smaller scale. With great transport links you can get around the City easily via public transport, or explore neighbouring Cities and counties by bus, train or car.

Peterborough highlights

Historic Peterborough is often described as the 'Gateway to the Fens', and its highlights include:

  • Peterborough Cathedral, with its impressive architecture and history to explore the Cathedral often hosts touring exhibitions.
  • Flag Fen Bronze Age archaeological park
  • A short drive from Peterborough in the Market Town of Stamford you have the stunning Elizabethan manor, Burghley House where you can explore the grounds and attend open-air events.
  • Magnificent parkland and nature reserves.

Check out Six reasons to love Peterborough for more suggestions.

Art and culture

If you’re looking for art, culture and entertainment, there’s plenty happening in Peterborough. Watch dance, music and comedy in one of the city’s theatres; take in exhibitions at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery; or visit The Embankment or Peterborough Arena for one of the many open air events which take place throughout the year, which often include music events, interest trade shows and an annual events like the Beer Festival and the Firework Fiesta!


For those eager to explore Peterborough’s nightlife, there is something to suit everyone! From live music venues like The Met Lounge, to Clubs including Embassy, Flares and Red Room, to a more chilled out bar and pub scene with popular spots including Argo Lounge, Charters, The Stone Works and more!

Food and drink

For foodies, there’s a diverse selection of restaurants serving cuisines from around the world, which include a range of well-known chain restaurants and an abundance of independent eateries. Whether you’re after Italian, Turkish, Sushi, Indian or even just some dessert there is something for everyone!

In surrounding villages you’ll find many quality country restaurants and pubs to explore which offer beer gardens with local beers and ales.


A short distance away from ARU Peterborough’s new campus, you’ll find Queensgate Shopping Centre with over 100 stores, including restaurants. Westgate Arcade and Rivergate Shopping Centre are both smaller, but home many independent stores including hairdressers and a butcher.

Within the city centre you can also find Peterborough City Market. The area around the market is currently undergoing development, but you can still find many stalls where you can find fresh fruit and veg, clothes and fabric stalls, DIY and tech stalls as well as small food market where once again you can find food from around the world.

Travel 5-10 minutes out of the city centre and you’ll come across one of the many shopping parks where you can find well known retailers like H&M, Next and B&M.

Sport and fitness

Sports and fitness enthusiasts won’t be disappointed with what Peterborough has to offer. A short walk from the new ARU Peterborough campus you’ll find the Peterborough United Football Club - locally known as ‘The Posh’. Just 10 minutes from the city centre you can find Peterborough Ice Rink, which is open to the public and hosts local Ice Hockey Team – Peterborough Phantoms which are in the National Ice Hockey League.

For those looking to improve their fitness, there are many gyms around Peterborough, an athletics club and track just behind the new campus, public swimming pools, one of which includes The Lido – an open-air swimming pool open in the summer months, CrossFit gyms, boxing clubs, martial art clubs as well as multiple running clubs – many of which usually take part in the annual Great Eastern Run half marathon.

Within 10-15 minutes from the new campus you can find Peterborough Rowing Club and Lake, as well as Ferry Meadows Country Park which has numerous walking routes and a water sports centre.

Natural Peterborough

There are plenty of parks and green spaces to escape and explore in Peterborough. Some of which include Ferry Meadows where you will find bbq facilities to enjoy in the summer and vast green spaces to enjoy a picnic or games with friends, Crown Lakes, Itter Park and Central Park which is just a 15-20 minute walk from ARU Peterborough’s new campus.

For the green-fingered, there's a community project called The Green Backyard which is helping to transform derelict urban spaces into vibrant and sustainable green spaces. Volunteers are always welcome.

Peterborough is part of Cambridgeshire, which has 12 designated as nature reserves – including much of its famous fenland. Follow one of the many walking or cycling routes to see the best that the countryside has to offer.

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