The impact of COVID-19 on the housing market has been a positive one. Peterborough saw house prices rise when the first lockdown started, as more new homes were being built across the city, with statistics revealing it was one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

The investment taking place has brought a new lease of life to the area, in a city which oozes a rich and varied history, with connections to Henry VIII and the Saxons. But what else is Peterborough known for, and what else can you do here? Here are the top six things you should explore in the city.


1. Peterborough Cathedral
Just one of a handful of cathedrals in the country to have kept hold of its 12th century Norman architecture, Peterborough Cathedral is a must visit for new homeowners or visitors of the city. Taking over a hundred years to build and reportedly completed by 1237, it truly is a breath-taking sight and takes pride of place in the city centre.

2. Nene Valley Railway
Opened in 1847, The Peterborough Nene Valley Railway is the perfect family day out. Open on weekends and weekday school holidays, the preserved railway runs along the Nene Valley for 7.5 miles to the village of Yarwell, and offers children and adults fun for the whole year – even at Christmas with its Santa steam train experience.

3. Nene Park
Featuring more than 2,500 acres of green space at the heart of Peterborough, Nene Park is made up of six different areas and is one of the region’s most desired places to be at one with nature. Whether you’re a keen windsurfer, kayaker, or just fancy a beautiul walk out in the open air, all can be done within the confines of the park, which has lots to offer, do and see over its vast spaces.

4. Elton Hall and Gardens
Eight miles southwest of Peterborough, Elton Hall is a baronial hall that has been in the same family, the Corbys, since 1660. The River Nene flows through the estate, and the house has a medley of architecture going back to the 1400s. Visitors are welcomed throughout the summer.

5. Queensgate shopping centre
Being the largest city for some distance, Peterborough offers a great hub of shopping and food amenites to suit all, in the form of Queensgate shopping centre. And as part of a £60m extension, Queensgate will see a brand new Empire Cinema planned to open in 2021, alongside new restaurants and stores.

6. Hampton Nature Reserve
Adjacent to Hampton Lakes lies Hampton Nature Reserve, a 300-acre private site home to slow worms, grass snakes and Europe’s largest population of great crested newts, to name a few. Not open to the public but volunteers of all ages welcome, the reserve offers nearby homeowners a tranquil and peaceful green setting to enjoy being next to, which includes a 12 hectare mature woodland named Jones’ Covert.

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