Photo courtesy of Ady Kerry QEP

Culture

Peterborough has a rich historic heritage and a blossoming cultural scene too.

Our museum and art gallery houses over 200,000 items of national and international importance, and offers permanent and temporary exhibitions from interactive ancient history to stunning contemporary art.

Every year, our city showcases creative talent with a three day Arts Festival. It has become the place to witness incredible performance, music and art from Peterborough and beyond.

Metal Peterborough provides space for artists and creatives from its base at Chauffeurs Cottage – the original gatehouse at the entrance to the Cathedral. It curates an exciting programme of international and UK artists in residence, educational activities, meetings and events.

Undoubtedly one of Peterborough’s biggest tourist attractions, our Norman Cathedral – the burial place of Katharine of Aragon – provides a powerful backdrop to the history and culture of our city.

Flag Fen Archaeological Park is a 28 acre site of significant historical value built on a Bronze Age settlement. It was home to the world’s first crowd-funded archaeological dig that helped create a worldwide community of enthusiasts.

Clare Cottage in nearby Helpston is the former home of poet John Clare – regarded as one of the greatest English poets of all time.

Fifteen minutes from Peterborough stands Burghley House – one of Britain’s finest Elizabethan houses and venue for music and art events, and the famous Horse Trials.

Visit Vivacity to find out more about our culture, history, arts and leisure.