Being less than an hour by train from London, and within a manageable drive from many locations in the midlands and east of England, Peterborough is an excellent place for couples to explore during a weekend getaway.
The city isn’t often at the top of lists about the best cities to visit in the UK, but because it goes under the radar it has plenty to offer which isn’t already filled with tourists.
This blog will give you a few ideas about the best things to do in Peterborough for couples, so that you can plan your own short break there.
1. Visit the cathedral
There are plenty of amazing cathedrals in the UK, each offering something different, but with it’s impressive Gothic facade and long and storied history, Peterborough’s is an underrated gem.
Located in the heart of the city, stepping into the cathedral gardens brings a quiet respite from the busy town centre. It’s a great spot to spend a serene hour or two, and in our opinions it’s one of the best cathedrals in England.
The history of the cathedral dates back to 654 AD, so if you’re into history it’s definitely worth checking out. Better yet, entry is free (although donations are appreciated).
2. Have a picnic at Ferry Meadows
One of the standout features of Peterborough is Ferry Meadows. As one of the largest country parks in the area, there’s plenty to explore, and it’s just on the edge of the city.
On a warm day, it’s a perfect place for a romantic picnic and a walk around the lake. You can also hire bikes or take part in watersports, with activities such as kayaking and paddleboarding available.
There are plenty of ducks around to feed as well. Plus, even if the weather takes a turn for the worse, you can take shelter for a cup of tea in one of their cafes.
3. Eat out in the city centre
Peterborough has some great options when it comes to places to eat, beyond the usual chains, and many of them are easy to get to around the city centre. So, whether you’re planning a date night or just need somewhere quick for lunch, you’ll have plenty of choices.
Try the Argo Lounge if you want a casual atmosphere to relax and enjoy some great food. Or, for one of the best eateries in Peterborough, definitely check out Tap and Tandoor. The Indian food and range of beers make it a great place to spend time together.
For more inspirations about where to eat, check out our blog on the best restaurants in Peterborough.
4. Go to the theatre
While London and its West End is easy to get to by train, you don’t have to leave the city for a fun theatre experience and one of the best things to do in Peterborough.
In Peterborough, the New Theatre often hosts plays and musical on tour, as well as other events including stand-up comedy and pantomime.
For a romantic night out or a chilled matinee, make sure to check out what’s on before you visit so you can book ahead.
5. Visit Peterborough Museum
Located in a historic Georgian mansion, Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery can be a perfect venue for couples looking to spend a quiet hour or two in the city.
With eight permanent displays exhibiting local culture and history, there’s lots to learn, from over 200,000 year old archaeology to more recent history.
6. Travel on the Nene Valley Railway
For a fun, unique experience, take a trip on the Nene Valley Railway. This steam railway travels through five stations, with Wansford station as its headquarters. At one end of the line, it has a station in Peterborough which is a short walk from the main train station in the city.
As well as being of historical interest, the railway is also a fun experience for couples looking to relax and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the steam locomotive. Plus, it’s one of the best day trips from Peterborough.
Not only is it fun to hop on and off, you can also book on for special events, as well as taking advantages of the food and drink options onboard. Because it’s on the line from London to Edinburgh, Peterborough is one of the best UK city breaks by train, so why not try out a different type of train while you’re in the area!
7. Challenge yourselves at an escape room
In recent years, escape rooms have drastically increased in popularity and have popped up all over the country. Peterborough isn’t an exception.
While families, friends, and coworkers can have fun at escape rooms, they’re also great experiences for couples looking for a challenge.
Choose a room that interests you both, combine your brain powers and put your puzzle-solving skills to the test. Just make sure to work together and don’t get too frustrated in the heat of the moment!
8. Go shopping
Queensgate Shopping Centre is the city’s top destination for shopping, with many top brands having their own shops inside. As it’s covered, it can be a useful option if it’s a rainy day.
If you’re looking to splash some cash on each other or want to treat yourselves, take a look around. There’s also several places you can stop for refreshment.
9. Have a swim in the lido
If you’re visiting the city in summer, make sure to visit Peterborough Lido. With three heated outdoor pools, it can be fun to take a plunge whether or not the sun’s out.
A garden, sun-bathing terrace, and cafe onsite means that you can easily spend a day together relaxing. You can treat it like a holiday abroad!
The lido is also one of the most popular things to do in Peterborough for families, so if you’re after a relaxing dip together we’d recommend avoiding weekends and school holidays.
10. Relax at Alwalton Hall
If you want to get away from the bustle of the city, Alwalton Hall is the perfect venue for some R&R. This beautiful Georgian country house is located in the nearby village of Alwalton, and it offers various spa and beauty services.
Taking some time together for a relaxing couples’ experience – it’s great for your wellness. You can even have afternoon tea at the hotel afterwards for an extra special treat.
11. Play a round of crazy golf at Putt Stars
A recent addition to Peterborough’s Queensgate Shopping Mall, Putt Stars is one of the best places in the city to have a game of mini golf.
With three 9-hole courses of varying difficulties, each taking roughly 30 minutes to go around as part of a pair, every hole provides a different challenge and a lot of fun.
The colourful and wacky courses provide the perfect setting for a bit of (hopefully friendly) competitor, making Putt Stars one of the best things to do in Peterborough for couples.
Putt Stars also has a bar with an impressive range of food and drinks, along with numerous arcade games, so you can spend time hanging out even after you’ve finished the golf.
12. Try out axe throwing
For a more unique experience that makes for one of the best date ideas in Peterborough, have a go at axe throwing.
Visit Angle Entertainment and enjoy an hour of throwing axes on your own lane. Instructors will show you the perfect technique to hit the target consistently, both one-handed and two-handed.
Once you’ve both practised, you can even turn the experience into a competition and aim for the highest score – there’s nothing more satisfying than getting a bullseye!
Angle Entertainment, along with offering soft drinks and several food options, is also a gaming lounge, so you can relax and play one of their vast selection of board games.
There’s plenty of things to do in Peterborough for couples, depending on your interests and whether you’re looking for a romantic evening or an activity-filled weekend.
If you’re trying to plan a city break in the UK, there are many other perfect destinations. For example, look further north and you’ll find there are many great activities in Liverpool for couples, so make sure to find somewhere that you both will love.