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Peterborough Cathedral

Address: Minster Precincts, Peterborough PE1 1XS, England
Phone Number: 01733 355315
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Ranked #1 of 19 Attractions in Peterborough
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Peterborough Cathedral is in the heart of the historic city of Peterborough, England. There has...
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Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Owner description: Peterborough Cathedral is in the heart of the historic city of Peterborough, England. There has been a place of worship and prayer on the site for 1350 years, the present building approaching it's 900th anniversary.With superb Gothic West Front and beautiful hand-painted wooden nave ceiling. Peterborough Cathedral is also the resting place of Henry VIII's first wife, Katherine of Aragon. The Cathedral was also once the resting place of Mary Queen of Scots until being moved to Westminster Abbey in 1612.Today it continues to be the focus for a vibrant community. It is the principle church for the Church of England diocese of Peterborough, which serves Northamptonshire, Rutland and the Soke of Peterborough.The origins of the Cathedral can be traced back to King Peada of the Middle Angles who founded the first monastery on the site in 655AD. The monastic settlement was almost entirely destroyed by the Vikings in 870 and rebuilt as a Benedictine Abbey between 960 and 970. The Abbey church then survived Hereward the Wake’s attack on the Abbey in 1069, and remained intact until an accidental fire destroyed the second Abbey here in 1116. It was rebuilt in its present form between 1118 and 1238. It became the Cathedral of the new Diocese of Peterborough in 1541 and it is now known as the Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Built in 1118 (nearly 900 years ago) this is spectacular example of Norman architecture and well worth a journey to see it. How it has remained standing over all that time is a testament to the skill and dedication of the master masons. Virtually all memorials and side chapels have been removed from the inside of the cathedral and this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

We have been to a few cathedrals over the last few days and had begun to wonder if we really wanted to see another one. But what can I say. this was superb Pro:s Very welcoming staff It is free just donations and you can buy candles to light. There is a £3 charge for photographs which is fine if... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

For the tourist, Peterborough is not a a great city to visit. However, any trip to this part of the country would be incomplete without a visit to this stunning architectural masterpiece. I arrived in Peterborough before 8am and was pleased to find the cathedral open and empty; as a result, I was able to enjoy an exploration on my... More 

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Pontyclun
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Arrived early at 9.30 and was delighted to hear someone playing the organ. This was very atmospheric and the quality of the playing was such that it must have been an expert organist. The architecture is stunning and the whole building is full of light. The painted ceiling is outstanding and the fan vaulting is quite breathtaking. The carving on... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

located in Peterborough -You can't miss it -its huge. The Cathedral from a non religous viewpoint. A wonderful piece of workmanship, stone carvings and wonderfully worked wood. A ore inspiring feeling of being small in this huge building came over me. Some flags of interest. If your into religion then you may feel something totally different, A presence or something... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I previously reviewed this spot from an historic site perspective, but, on this occasion was able to attend a Sung Eucharist in the Cathedral as it soldiers on as a remarkable place of worship. The inspiration of choir, organ and liturgy captures so much of what makes the cathedral a living venue of historic worship experience. On a spot with... More 

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peterborough
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Magnificent cathedral full of English history. Set in a wonderful peaceful enclave in this busy city.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

A wonderful experience. The architecture is amazing, the ceilings are well worth looking up at but if that's too much there are convenient mirrors placed around the cathedral. The history of the cathedral is interesting. It also has a spiritual feeling even for a none believer. The cost is 0 but a donation can be made.

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lancashire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Was a cold day when we were here but it was very interesting. there is a shop where you can buy momentoes. We had a lovely walk around and the ground are nice too. It was free to enter.

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Peterborough, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

If you are visiting Peterborough then I strongly recommend you go to the cathedral. Access is easy from the town centre only a few moments walk from the main square. Lots of information and guidance for those visiting.

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