Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral 1

Peterborough Cathedral,Β or the Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew, to use its full name, originated in 655 AD.

This magnificent cathedral started life in Anglo Saxon times as a simple church and monastic settlement and was one of the first centres of Christianity in central England. Over the centuries it was destroyed, rebuilt and added to in various architectural styles until ending up as the unique structure we see today. (Click on the link above for more info).

Why did I visit here?

Well, my long train journey from Edinburgh, Scotland to Aldeburgh, Suffolk was broken both ways by a two hour stopover in Peterborough.

It was very frustrating, as we were travelling on to Ipswich, but missed the connecting train by a few minutes (it is scheduled this way! The train you want to catch departs the station a few minutes before you pull into it.) And trains to Ipswich were only every two hours.

There is not much else to do in Peterborough apart from walk to the Cathedral for a visit!

Peterborough Cathedral 2

I like the view above as you walk across the square, also full of old stone buildings, and see the cathedral towers in the distance.

Our first walk there was a little longer than necessary, simply because of bad sign-posting! We followed the sign posts for the cathedral, from the station. This took us to a series of underground walkways combined with a cycle track, which we duly followed. However, we seemed to miss our way somehow and came out on a major road.

Well, we trundled along there, thinking ‘How hard can it be to miss a cathedral?” and so eventually found it.

Peterborough Cathedral 4

It was only on our return walk back to the station that we saw where we had gone wrong. Along the cycle/walk way there were some steps up to the quickest route to the cathedral. Easy to find from this direction, but virtually impossible to notice from the other way. I stopped and turned round to look at the steps that we had missed, and yep, there was no sign pointing that way.

Peterborough Cathedral 3

Even more frustrating is the fact that we had all our bags with us, both times. There is nowhere at Peterborough station that you can leave your bag. If they set up some storage lockers they would make a fortune!

We’d looked online for tips and followed the suggestion of asking at the hotel directly opposite the station to see if we could leave our bags there for a while, but no luck. Maybe too many people before us had taken this advice and asked?

So we were forced to drag and carry all our luggage with us to the Cathedral and once there, drag it around the interior of that ancient edifice.

So, yes, I visited Peterborough Cathedral twice during my short UK trip last August. It wasn’t so bad though. On the return trip we sat outside in the sun drinking tea and eating excellent food, with a clear view of the cathedral shining in the sun.

 

45 thoughts on “Peterborough Cathedral

    1. scifihammy Post author

      It’s very large inside and probably worth a visit – but with so many magnificent churches and cathedrals all over the UK, you are spoilt for choice. πŸ™‚

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  1. C C Cedras

    I love visiting old churches and cathedrals when I’m traveling, but it’s tough when you have to schlep luggage (did that one day laying over in Nice). The gothic architecture is stunning.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ™‚
      Yes, you’d think more provision would be made for travellers to drop off their luggage. They’d make money out if it! πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I’d rather travel a long distance in the UK by train than car. It is just so built up and busy that driving is really stressful, especially compared to what I am used to over here. πŸ™‚

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  2. A Curious Introvert

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful place and photos! I love seeing the old cathedrals and churches and would love to visit this one, but definitely without dragging around my luggage. Just sitting and enjoying the scene and a cup of tea sounds ideal. Last night I was out taking photos and took my small camera because I did not feel like carrying my camera bag. Of course, none of the photos turned out like I hoped.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you for reading πŸ™‚
      Yes, do visit the cathedral – sans luggage! πŸ˜€
      I can’t take night photos yet, so admire yours, but sometimes you just want to travel light! πŸ™‚

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  3. Garfield Hug

    That is an awesome cathedral! πŸ€”Wheeling luggage with you is no fun really! But you did it and managed to take such good photos to share with us. Thanks. It is really beautiful☺

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  4. colinandray

    Lovely pics! I went to a school in Peterborough which was affiliated with the cathedral. At the end of my final year, there was a “school leavers” service in the cathedral after which we were all presented with bibles with the King’s School Peterborough coat of arms embossed on the front cover (I still have it). Thanks for the trip down memory lane! πŸ™‚

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  5. blosslyn

    We went late night Christmas shopping last night in Peterborough, and the Cathedral is always lit up, so it all looked very festive. You have done well with the photos, its not an easy building to photograph, also its only from a distance, that you can see how big it is. We use that station when we go to Scotland by train, shame they have no lockers though, I thought all stations did…….I know Edinburgh has, as we used them once πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I’m sure the cathedral looked lovely all lit up πŸ™‚ We walked through the shopping centre too πŸ™‚
      And yes, it was very hard to get all of the cathedral front in.

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  6. pensitivity101

    When my Mum used to come up for her holiday on the coach, she had a change at London Victoria and then it was straight through to Boston with a potty break in Peterborough, so she never had the chance to look round even if she’d wanted to.
    Peterborough means pouring rain to us. The trips down, and back, from our visits took us that way, and one time the rain was so heavy, we couldn’t see and had to stop. It’s possible the GPS will route us that way again, though we have an extra hour at least on our then 6 – 7 hour journey. However, if we do, we won’t see anything because it’ll be dark both ways this time of year! The cathedral is glorious though, as is Lincoln’s.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      This is the thing about travelling – you don’t always get to see what you wish to.
      Those are very long trips you and your Mum took!

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      1. pensitivity101

        For about three years Mum came to us for a holiday once or twice a year for a minimum of 4 weeks. She would be put on the coach in Bournemouth at 7.30, then she had an hour’s wait in London for the changeover around 11. As she had a blue disabled badge, the driver looked after her and she was allowed to use the disabled persons passenger lounge so didn’t have to hang around on the station on her own. We would collect her from Boston at 4.15pm, bring her home and give her a well earned cuppa and slice of cake. We’d have a light tea and quiet evening, then pack her off to bed early. She’d sleep for at least 10 hours, usually 12 and we let her.
        The journeys for us were in the car and we’d change drivers letting Maggie have a stretch as well every 90 minutes or so. We’d do our journey in a day, sometimes setting off at 4am and not getting back until 9pm, as we were never offered a bed for the night and couldn’t afford a hotel (almost Β£200 with the dog down there). It was a horrible journey and would take almost a week to get over it.

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      2. scifihammy Post author

        Your Mum did well! I’m glad there were people to look after her. It is exhausting travelling so far, even though trains are quite comfortable.
        At least when driving yourself you can have pit stops when you (or Maggie) need them. πŸ™‚

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      3. scifihammy Post author

        Ah sorry! You did say coach – but when I read Station I then thought train! Doh! πŸ™‚
        Yes, some train stations are massive and daunting!

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      4. pensitivity101

        No problems there Sci. We explored every means of transport for Mum to come up (my sister expected us to go down and fetch her), even flying, and there were special offers for pensioners and disabled passengers so the return 500 mile journey cost her a mere Β£25!

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      5. pensitivity101

        It also gave us peace of mind for her journey. Typical of cutbacks though, this ticket band was cancelled so Mum had to pay around Β£50 for her last trip, but it was still good value.

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