The Peterborough Millennium Green Wheel is a 50-mile network of cycleways, footpaths and bridleways. Peterborough's big Victorian park contains formal gardens, children's play areas, an aviary, bowling green, tennis courts, pitch and putt course and tea rooms. The Green Flag Award, a national standard for green spaces and parks, was awarded to the park.
Peterborough was transformed in 1850 from a market town to an industrial centre when the Great Northern Railway's main line from London to York opened. The area was the UK's leading producer of bricks for much of the twentieth century. Perkins Engines was established in Peterborough in 1932 by Frank Perkins, creator of the Perkins diesel engine. On the East Coast Main Line, Peterborough is one main destination. The oldest existing cast iron railway bridge in the UK and now a listed building is the River Nene bridge in Peterborough.
Railworld is a railway museum located beside Peterborough Nene Valley railway station. Opened in 1978, The Nene Park, covers a site three and a half miles long.The park has three lakes, one inhabiting a watersports centre. A major attraction and destination signposted on the Green Wheel is Ferry Meadows occupying a big section of Nene Park. Sir Henry Royce, co-founder and engineer of Rolls-Royce and 1st Baronet of Seaton was born in Peterborough.
A monastery was established in the Anglo-Saxon era known as Medeshamstede, this is now known as Peterborough Cathedral. Peterborough Cathedral is one of the most intact large Norman churches in England and is legendary for its impressive early English Gothic West Front which and three enormous arches. The Peterborough Chronicle, arranged in Peterborough by monks in the 12th century, holds exclusive historical information about England after the Norman conquest.
Peterborough has a large range of events including the yearly East of England Show, CAMRA beer festival that is held in August on the river embankment and Peterborugh Festival.
Constructed in 1973, The Key Theatre is located near to the River Nene on the embankment. The John Clare Theatre is home to the Peterborough Film Society. A wide selection of events is provided for the locals and far afield by The Cresset in Bretton, including dance, comedy, music and theatre. Peterborough has an ice rink, two indoor swimming pools and a 13-screen Showcase Cinema.
Art and Soul is a regional magazine first started in 2007 to encourage the local music and arts. The magazine covers many aspects of the Peterborough arts and music scene, including organising gigs in the city.
In 1983 opening scenes for the 13th 007 film, Octopussy, starring Sir Roger Moore, were filmed at Orton Mere. A music video for the song BreakThru by the band Queen was also shot on the preserved Nene Valley Railway in 1989. It was at the former sugar beet factory in 1995 that was used for the filming of the train crash sequence of the James Bond film GoldenEye, starring Pierce Brosnan. Scenes were also filmed at Burghley House for thefilm The Da Vinci Code.
Peterborough is home to The Lido, a striking building with elements of art deco design, which was opened in 1936 and is one of the few survivors of its type still in use. Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, built in 1816, home to the city's original infirmary from 1857 to 1928 and also holds regular temporary exhibitions, weekend events and guided tours. Fortified manor house and fourteenth century three-storey tower, the Longthorpe Tower is a scheduled ancient monument protected by law, it contains the finest and intact collection of domestic paintings in Northern Europe in the era.