Cathedral Visitor Centre

A look around our Visitor Centre is the perfect complement to a visit to the Cathedral. Its free exhibition will set the scene and help you to discover some of the characters and stories from the Cathedral's amazing 1300 year history.

The Visitor Centre was officially opened in September 2016 by the historian and broadcaster Dr David Starkey, following two years’ work on carefully conserving and converting the listed buildings which it occupies. The Heritage Lottery Fund and other donors have generously supported the creation of the Centre.

There is something for everyone to enjoy in the Centre's exhibition. It has a timeline showing priceless artefacts from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day, as well as hands-on exhibits, a digital touch-table and an audio presentation for those who prefer to listen rather than to look.

Amongst the priceless artefacts on show are the original letter from King James I, written in 1613, requiring the mortal remains of his mother, Mary Queen of Scots, to be removed from Peterborough to Westminster Abbey. Also on show is the Deed of Endowment by which King Henry VIII changed Peterborough Abbey into a Cathedral on the creation of the Diocese of Peterborough in 1541.

On the mezzanine floor is the Exhibition Room which is the venue for occasional exhibitions. If you are interested in hiring this space for an exhibition, please email to ask for more information.

The Centre also accessible toilet facilities and a baby change area. The Cathedral's Learning Centre is on the top floor and has a dedicated craft room and classroom for family and school activities. Look out for details of these on our events page.

Our volunteers look forward to welcoming you to the Centre and we hope that you enjoy your visit.

Visitor Centre opening times

Monday to Saturday, 10.00am - 4.00pm (April to October. From April to September closing time is 5.00pm )
Sundays, 12.00 noon - 4.00pm. Check here to see any changes to normal visiting hours.

Free entry. Please give a donation, if you are able, to help with Cathedral running costs.

About the exhibition

"You could just look at this timeline and get a real feel for the identity of the city."

Kerry Devine, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

"People often think of Peterborough as a new town, but it has a rich history going back to the 7th century and beyond. Peterborough has always been a place that has been shaped by people who started off in other parts of the world but made Peterborough their home .... wherever we come from, we're all part of the continuing story of this place."

Heritage Lottery Fund logoCanon Jonathan Baker, Peterborough Cathedral

"This building is beautiful, this building is noble, but finally this building tells a story of conflict and of debate, one that has absolutely no end."

Dr David Starkey, speaking about Peterborough Cathedral on the opening of the Visitor Centre. Read more

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