What to do and see in Peterborough, England: The Best Nature & Parks

January 23, 2022 Kaleigh Reichenbach

Peterborough (/ˈpiːtərbrə, -bərə, -ˌbʌrə/ ( listen)) is a cathedral city in Cambridgeshire, England, with a population of 183,631 in 2011. Historically part of Northamptonshire, it is 75 miles (121 km) north of London, on the River Nene which flows into the North Sea 30 miles (48 km) to the north-east. The railway station is an important stop on the East Coast Main Line between London and Edinburgh.
Restaurants in Peterborough

1. The Green Backyard

Oundle Road, Peterborough PE2 8AT England +44 7523 939424 [email protected] http://www.thegreenbackyard.com
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The Green Backyard

The Green Backyard is a community growing project in central Peterborough. From this urban base we have transformed a once-derelict former allotment site into a beautiful and productive green space. We are open to the public four days a week, with visitors invited to enjoy the gardens and visit our shop.

2. The Deepings Caravan Park

Outgang Road Towngate East, Peterborough PE6 8LQ England +44 1778 344335 [email protected] http://www.thedeepings.com
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5.0 based on 7 reviews

The Deepings Caravan Park

Friendly, family run business 20 minutes north of Peterborough. Brand new refurbished bar facility with all sports shown. Brand new stat of the art toilet block with underfloor heating, on site shop, kids play area, football pitch and crazy gold available. Bowling, indoor kids soft play area and restaurant coming April 2019.

Reviewed By EmdazGb - Spalding, United Kingdom

We visited today for the first time and were blown away by this hidden gem! £3.50 per child for unlimited soft play, free parking, £1 for a slushy and really lovely staff! The gentlemen had to help me as I couldn't figure out how to get in ????????‍♀️, the lady in the Ranch is a brilliant, really kind and the young lad sorted out the air hockey machine for us; the whole place has a real family feel about it! We will definatly be back and we've told the grandparents about it too! ????????????????????????

3. Ferry Meadows Country Park

Ham Lane, Peterborough PE2 5UU England +44 1733 234193 [email protected] http://www.nenepark.org.uk/
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4.5 based on 1,577 reviews

Ferry Meadows Country Park

There is something for everybody at Ferry Meadows. Imagine somewhere beautiful, safe and unspoilt where you can walk, cycle, play, horse-ride, ride a train, go fishing, exercise the dog, jog, push the buggy and explore endless meadows, lakes and woodland all less than three miles from Peterborough's busy city centre. We also offer three play areas catering for different ages and an events programme throughout the year with lots of activities for children. If all of this isn't enough to keep you entertained the Visitor Centre & Gift shop stocks a wide range of toys and games along with gifts, souvenirs and sweet treats. After all this activity you can relax at one of our cafes, find a nice spot for a picnic or fire up on one of our barbecue stands. Nene Outdoors Watersports and Activity centre offers a wide range of watersports too for adults and children alike and you can book the meeting room for events with a view of the lake.

Reviewed By Helielli - Manchester, United Kingdom

Fabulous place, well kept, well thought out, plenty to do and something for all ages whether it be walking, cycling, dog walking, boating or playing in one of the three brilliant play parks.

4. Nene Washes

Near Whittlesey, Whittlesey, Peterborough PE7 2DD England +44 1733 205140 http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/n/nenewashes/index.aspx
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Nene Washes

Reviewed By garethr190 - Peterborough, United Kingdom

Great place to walk dogs. At the Eldernall lane in Coates there is a proper car safe car park. It’s quite popular with bird watches as it forms part of a RSPB site

5. Exotic Pet Refuge

102 Station Road Deeping St. James, Peterborough PE6 8RH England +44 1778 345923 [email protected] http://www.exoticpetrefuge.org.uk
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4.5 based on 61 reviews

Exotic Pet Refuge

Reviewed By CHRISSY007 - Peterborough, United Kingdom

It is only allowed to open 6 times a year so make the most of it when it is...you can arrange to do a private... keeper for the day trip... or have a birthday party there..... they do fantastic work and the animals are adorable such hard working loving caring people who deserve your support

6. Elton Hall & Gardens

Elton Hall, Peterborough PE8 6SQ England +44 1832 280468 [email protected] http://www.eltonhall.com
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Elton Hall & Gardens

Elton Hall is a baronial hall in Elton, Cambridgeshire. Home to the Proby family for over 400 years, the Hall is a fascinating Grade I listed building packed with treasures, fine art, porcelain and furniture. The Victorian gardens have been skilfully restored in recent years and contain a knot garden, a herbaceous garden with fountain, fine hedges and a Gothic orangery built to celebrate the Millennium. Summer opening season runs from the late May Bank Holiday until the end of August on selected afternoons. Private tours from May to September by arrangement. Full details are published on the website.

Reviewed By bonjovifan35 - Daventry, United Kingdom

Make sure you have a good wander around the gardens to find the orangery and the seat with all the shells decorating the wall behind. Look out for the candlestick holders made entirely of shells. Inside is currently a self guided tour with no rush to move on and plenty of time to look at everything. The guidebook (currently complementary) is full of detail and has lovely pictures. It would be improved with a plan of the house, family tree and a longer personal introduction by the family themselves. Make sure you spot Henry VIII's own prayer book in the library and look for the cabinet with mirrors at floor level so ladies could check if their ankles were on show! Thank you to the very informed and friendly guides who pointed these out for us. Only thing that lets this down is the lack of house related items in the shop (I do like to buy a magnet for each place I visit) and the service time in the garden centre cafe (30 mins for a tea and bottle of coke!). Toilets COVID safe and clean. Car park well signed and a decent size.

7. Nene Park

Peterborough PE2 5UU England +44 1733 234193 [email protected] http://www.nenepark.org.uk/
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Nene Park

Reviewed By ukreviewe - Stamford, United Kingdom

I have done a few photo shoots here got some really good drone footage as well great place for dog walkers

8. Railworld Wildlife Haven

Access - Pleasure Fair Meadow Car Park, Oundle Road, Peterborough PE2 9NR England +44 1733 344240 [email protected] http://www.railworld.net
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Railworld Wildlife Haven

Alongside the Nene Valley Railway,(NVR) Peterborough Station. Short walk from Peterborough Main Line Station - Access by car through Pleasure Fair Meadow Car Park - PE2 9NR - (Access also available via 'Cubitt Way' Gate, into the Railworld Car Park) We are a self funded volunteer group. We have a Passion for Nature and a slant towards Model Railways. An intriguing exciting wildlife habitat to explore and 2,000 sq.ft. of model railways to enjoy - Nostalgic film shows, Steam Specials on the Main Line, plus 'The Volunteers Story' - How determined volunteers created the 'Railworld Wildlife Haven' over a 35 year period. We aim to 'Entertain and Educate about Our Wonderful World'. In 2018 - We won the 'Queen's Award for Voluntary Service'. Please bring a picnic - Relax and relish your time with us. Family ticket 2 Adults + 3 children £10.00 - Adult £4.00 - Concessions £3.00 - Children £2.00 - Special reductions for NVR Family Rover Tickets holders!

Reviewed By MrsBrownagain - Cambridge, United Kingdom

Spent an amazing afternoon here today. Almost beyond belief it is an all-volunteer team running and creating this little bit of heaven near the city centre. I was expecting a largeish pond and lots of trees and bushes, Not so. A well -planned, designed and absolutely lovely wildlife haven incorporating a great model railway in a garden specially made for it and an enormous model railway in another building.. Very informative information boards, lovely low waterfalls, large variety of plants, fig trees, grapevines and an incredible Earth exhibition with a 2.5 metre globe with 3D effects. And a good cup of tea at the end. I am sure I have missed something out so you will all have to go yourselves and have a look. Well worth it. And no, I am not one of the volunteers. Just a first time visitor

9. Lattersey Local Nature Reserve

New Road, Whittlesey, Peterborough England +44 1733 687515 http://www.wildlifebcn.org/reserves/lattersey
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Lattersey Local Nature Reserve

Reviewed By Malfaeelgin - London, United Kingdom

Well placed signs for first time visitors and handy carpark. Raised walkway kept teenagers and dog out of the mud despite a very wet Autumn. Well cared for and friendly place to visit

10. Reptile Mania

6 Market Street, Whittlesey, Peterborough PE7 1BD England http://www.reptilemania.co.uk
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Reptile Mania

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