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. It’s in the heart of rural East England, bridging Cambridgeshire, Rutland, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.

Peterborough highlights

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

  • the imposing Norman cathedral, which dominates the city
  • Flag Fen Bronze Age archaeological park
  • stunning Elizabethan manor, Burghley House
  • 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 the city's theatres; take in exhibitions at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery; or head to The Embankment for a range of open-air events, including the annual Peterborough Festival.


For those of you eager to explore Peterborough's nightlife, there’s something happening pretty much every night of the year. Popular clubs with students are Argo Lounge, Charters, The Brewery Tap, Edwards, Solstice, Flares and Reflex. If you prefer to meet friends in the pub, The College Arms or O’Neills are good choices, or try The Ramblewood Inn and The Crown Inn for a more relaxed atmosphere.

Food and drink

For foodies, there’s a diverse selection of restaurants serving cuisine from tables around the world. Try Fontanella’s Italian, Turkish food from Tavan, Indian dishes from The Banyan Tree, Salamis Greek Taverna and fragrant Thai food from East Oriental Restaurant – which is on a boat moored on the River Nene.

In the surrounding villages you’ll find many quality country restaurants and pubs to explore. For a taste of the unusual, Peterborough Beer Festival is the biggest undercover real ale event in the UK and offers a huge selection of beers. You'll be spoilt for choice!


Just over the river from campus is Queensgate Shopping Centre, with more than 90 popular stores. Nearby Rivergate Shopping Centre is smaller with 26 stores, many of them independent.

Peterborough also has a bustling city market with a wide range of quality retailers and food stalls. It's perfect for bargain hunters and a great way to support local businesses.

Sport and fitness

For sports enthusiasts, within walking distance of our Guild House campus, you’ll find Peterborough United Football Club (The Posh). The city also boasts a Premier League ice hockey team and an Elite League speedway team.

Nene Park is one of several leisure parks nearby, and there’s an extensive network of cycle paths around the city centre and nearby villages. There’s also open air swimming available at the Lido, an ice rink, a bowling alley and go-karting. 

Natural Peterborough

There are plenty of parks and gardens to escape to in Peterborough. Ferry Meadows, Botolph Green, Itter Park and Central Park all offer lakes, woodland and walking routes to enjoy.

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.

Visit us in Peterborough

Interested in discovering Peterborough for yourself? We’d love to welcome you to our campus.

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