Peterborough is a vibrant and thriving city at the heart of rural East England, bridging the Cambridgeshire, Rutland, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire borders. It aims to be the UK’s environment capital and boasts a growing ‘green’ business sector.
The city is also well know for being one of the East of England’s most important historical centres, home to the stunning cathedral and the Bronze Age site at Flag Fen.
What is now modern Peterborough began as a Saxon settlement and throughout history the abbey (now the cathedral) has remained one of its most important focal points. Wool sales originally supported the town. Brick manufacturing, corset making and engineering took over this role in the 19th and 20th centuries. Now the city has a diverse and rapidly growing economy supporting many different businesses.
Peterborough is on the East Coast main rail line and the station has benefited from substantial recent investment. Services to King’s Cross take less than an hour and there are direct trains to Cambridge, Stansted Airport, ~Scotland, the Midlands and North of England. The A1M motorway from London to Scotland skirts the city, giving easy road access to London, Cambridge and beyond.
In the state sector, a large number of high quality primary schools feed into 12 secondary schools and there are also private schools for pupils of all ages. For further and higher education, students can choose between the regional college, the city college and the university centre.
Retail and Leisure
Peterborough boasts thriving shopping centres such as the purpose-built Serpentine Green on the outskirts and the Queensgate Centre in the heart of the city, alongside historic Cathedral Square with farmers’ markets, street entertainment and chic wine bars, restaurants and cafes.
With a rich cultural offering, Peterborough provides for all tastes and ages. Throughout the year residents can enjoy a large number of festivals and events on offer both in the city and just outside.