Let’s go to … Peterborough
The ‘Gateway to the Fens’ is hosting spooky tours in newly-opened 500-year old vaults, but with heritage trails, fine pubs and food, it’s a great place to visit year-round
To be scared silly. The spooky, 500-year-old Priestgate Vaults under Peterborough Museum opened for regular tours for the first time on 24 October in time for Halloween (£4). Other ghoulish fun at the museum includes candlelit ghost hunts, gory stories and horror nights, and there are ghost walks around the city centre.
What else is there to do?
Peterborough’s Norman cathedral rivals those of Ely and Durham, but has far fewer visitors. The best way to explore is on a tower tour (£15, 28 and 31 October). The heritage trail is a short walking route linking the cathedral with other historic buildings, including the guildhall and the town hall. The 1930s Westgate shopping arcade was refurbished this summer. Further afield, ride a steam train on the Nene Valley Railway – special events include a steampunk murder mystery for Halloween – or visit Burghley House, an Elizabethan house with gardens by Capability Brown.
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