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Peterborough Cathedral

Minster Precincts, Peterborough PE1 1XS, England
01733 355315
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Ranked #1 of 24 attractions in Peterborough
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
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... more » 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. « less
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Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is a great building with many interesting historical facts and features to discover. Entrance is free but you can leave a donation if you wish. Worth an hour or so if you have time.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The splendour and beauty of this well-preserved ancient piece of history is enough to make one gape in awe and wonder. The history behind this magnificent building is incredible, that it has been preserved so well. This is simply a must-see.

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Blackheath london
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166 reviews 166 reviews
44 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

A lot of visitors to modern Peterborough think its just a fast expanding new town.The Cathedral belies this fact as it is a most beautiful ancient place of worship where until recently the remains of Mary Queen of Scots rested! A must visit but combine it with Great Fen and John Clare Cottage and you will have a sublime day.Try... More

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England
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This is an amazing cathedral located in the heart of the city. It has lots of history and regular services. It is set in some fab grounds which is suitable for exploring or picnics. There is a tea and gift shop on site

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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Lovely place to sit and ponder the world around you! Very prominent building which is a joy to behold.

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Its so so calm coming in here the peace is in such stark contrast to outside in the town centre with all its hustle and bustle. A very calming slow walk around, lit two candles with a small fee to remember lost loved ones.Its very cool and has been here for so so long, I'd say will still be here... More

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hampshire
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Free to enter but donations welcome. New thing that seems to occur is if you want to take photos you need a permit.

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Stanwick, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Well worth the stop on any visit to the area. Given that the church is 900 years old, it baffles the imagination as to the man-hours taken to complete its construction. The ceiling is the only one of its kind in Britain and the fact that Queen Catherine of Aragon is buried here is incredible, given the (involuntary) role that... More

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Durham
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

loved this cathedral, coming from durham it was nice to see something just as amazing as ours, only thing I didn't like was the women and men hounding you when your go in to give a donation, if you want to you will if you don't you don't, I just want to see a cathedral, had I not been hounded... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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87 reviews 87 reviews
54 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Such a beautiful place to go in Peterborough. The atmosphere outside and inside is just so warm and welcoming

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