Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

Earlier this year, for the third year in a row, Peterborough was named the worst place to live in the UK by users of the website ILiveHere.

Cambridgeshire and East Anglia’s largest city joined Hull as the only places to ‘top’ the poll for three consecutive years

Many of the comments in the article, which revealed this year’s results, were suspiciously similar to those of previous years and had nothing positive to say about Peterborough.

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The ILive list for Peterborough said: “This town in Cambridgeshire **** had a staggering number of votes daily from the time the poll opened, which almost cashed in at one point.”

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One commenter confidently stated: “I lived in Peterborough for 15 years and all I can say is wow. What of ***** g DUMP” while another added: “It’s awful and I urge you everyone to vote for it in the next vote as the biggest scumbag in England. “

As proud proponents of the whole of Cambridgeshire, we could not disagree more with the outcome of the vote and the mocking negativity about Peterborough.

What’s more, as the voting period for next year’s vote is still open, we thought it was the right time to remind people that Peterborough is worth celebrating, not degrading.

Below, we have outlined exactly why Peterborough is worth shouting about and has no right to find himself at the top of next year’s ILiveHere poll.

New developments

ARU Peterborough opens in September 2022

Peterborough is a city with lots of exciting changes on the way.

A new university is set to open its doors to 2,000 students in September next year with a brand new campus worth £ 30 million in the heart of the city.

The campus will also include a University Quarter Cultural Hub, which will include a facility called The Living Lab, which has received £ 20m funding as part of the Leveling Up Fund announced in this year’s budget.

The Living Lab and Cultural Quarter will be managed by the university to combine learning with an interactive public science facility and is expected to attract 50,000 visitors a year.

The new university is part of a ‘Master Plan’ to transform the dam in the city center, which could also include a new football stadium, lots of housing and a river promenade for playgrounds and leisure activities by the river.

With a vision to make the Embankment the heart of Peterborough and to connect the city with its riverbank, development could give it another impressive facet.

Historic architecture

Peterborough Cathedral
Peterborough Cathedrals beautiful exterior and its peaceful gardens

It is not only new buildings that are worth getting excited about.

Peterborough’s magnificent cathedral towers over the city. An awe-inspiring example of Gothic architecture, the cathedral is impressive yet beautiful.

Anyone visiting the city will be struck by the scale and grandeur of the 12th-century building.

Its asymmetrical western front is some of it. Above three huge arches, a solitary, non-centered tower pierces the sky, giving the building its unique, unbalanced appearance.

Few cities can claim to have such a dizzying centerpiece, while the gardens surrounding the cathedral provide an oasis of calm in an otherwise busy city center.

However, the Guildhall and Cathedral Square also mean that central Peterborough retains a historic and elegant look.

Standing elegantly within an outline of restaurants, bars and shops, Cathedral Square, Guildhall and St John the Baptist Church is the ornate and obvious face of Peterborough’s history, blending happily with its modern aspects.

Restaurants, bars and culture

The exterior of Tap & Tandoor in Peterborough
The exterior of Tap & Tandoor in Peterborough

Peterborough town center is blessed with an abundance of restaurants, pubs and bars.

Chain favorites like Pizza Express (founded by a resident of Peterborough, nothing less), Cote Brasserie, Prezzo and Nando’s can all be found around Cathedral Square.

They are joined in the city center by independents such as Pizza House (home of a very affordable lunch deal) and The Banyan Tree – an excellent curry house.

A personal favorite is Tap and Tandoor – found right by Cathedral Square. With a great combination of craft beer and Indian street food, it’s the perfect place for a Friday night.

There are a number of large water holes around the city center.

For something distinctive, Charters is a wonderful ale pub found on a barge on the River Nene, while The Stoneworks offers a wealth of different drinks in a stylish basement bar.

If it’s culture you’re after, The Key Theater hosts a number of plays, live comedies and films throughout the year and will form the center of the aforementioned University Cultural Hub.

There is more than enough to keep you entertained.

Train connections

Peterborough Station
Peterborough Station

One of the comments quoted by ILiveHere says: “The atmosphere in Peterborough is draining. You feel totally isolated from the rest of the world and life in general, as if everything else is going on and you are not a part of it as you sit stuck in this landfill. “

While we completely disagree with the feeling that the city is a lifeless landfill (as explained above, there is plenty to do and see in Cambridgeshire’s largest city), the idea that you could be stuck there is a long way from the truth.

The city station is a key stop on the East Coast Main Line, meaning you can get from Peterborough to London in under an hour, making the city a viable option for commuters.

In addition, the main line means that the town is well connected to the north east of England if you fancy a complete change of scenery.

The rest of Cambridgeshire, East Anglia and the south east of England are also all very easy to get to by train from Peterborough. Honestly, you can get to most places in the region with a little hassle.

So while we’ll ask you to try what Peterborough has to offer if you’re in need of a change, the country’s capital and the rest of the region are only short train journeys away.

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