Living in Peterborough

Whatever you’re looking for in a city, Peterborough has a great blend of everything, only on a smaller scale.

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With great transport links you can get around the city easily on 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
  • Flag Fen Bronze Age archaeological park
  • a short drive away in the market town of Stamford, the stunning Elizabethan manor Burghley House, where you can 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, trade shows, and 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 cuisine from around the world, which include a range of well-known chain restaurants and an abundance of independent eateries. You won't need to go far to find Italian, Turkish, sushi, Indian or even just some dessert...

In surrounding villages you’ll find many quality country restaurants, and pubs with beer gardens and local 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 house many independent stores including hairdressers and a butcher.

In 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 Peterborough United Football Club - locally known as ‘The Posh’. Just ten 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, who 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, 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. There are also a number of swimming pools including The Lido, an open-air pool for the summer months.

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 these include Ferry Meadows where you'll find barbecue facilities to enjoy in the summer, 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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