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Your guide to the best shops in Peterborough

Ready for a healthy dose of retail therapy? If you’re thinking about trying somewhere new to upgrade your wardrobe, Peterborough could make a great option.

With several shopping centres, outdoor markets and garden centres from which to choose, experiencing the culture of this lively cathedral city is a must for any shopping enthusiast. Read our new guide below to find out everything that you need to know about shopping in Peterborough.

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Queensgate: Peterborough’s shopping centre 

The largest, widest-ranging selection of shops in Peterborough can be found at Queensgate. Whether you prefer to shop at H&M, Primark, Schuh or F. Hinds, there’s something suitable for every taste there.

You’ll also find an array of options for food and drink at Queensgate. Along with the usual customer favourites including Greggs, Costa Coffee and McDonald’s, you can also find independent pubs like The Queen’s Head and Caribbean restaurant Turtle Bay nearby.

In addition to unrivalled wheelchair-accessible shopping in Peterborough, Queensgate can also be reached via footbridge from Peterborough train station, making it a convenient option for those reaching the city by rail.

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Brotherhood Shopping Park 

If you haven’t found everything that you need from the shops in Peterborough city centre, heading to Brotherhood Shopping Park could make an excellent choice. Plus, you can get there easily on a short bus journey from the bus station at Queensgate if you’re not driving.

The stores at Brotherhood Shopping Park include Asda Living, M&S, Next and TK Maxx. So, whether you’re looking for a new outfit or a couple of finishing touches for your home décor, you’ll be able to browse a fantastic selection.

Peterborough One Retail Park

PE1 Retail Park will cater for all of your shopping needs. This modern, luxury shopping centre in Peterborough is home to a number of leading stores to help to furnish your home and garden, including fitted furniture company Hammonds. If you need to stock up on groceries, you’ll also find a flagship Aldi store there, open until 10pm throughout the week.

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Van Hage Garden Centre in Peterborough 

The main attraction of the PE1 Retail Park is Van Hage. At this state-of-the-art garden centre, you’ll find an array of quality garden and outdoor furniture, luxury furnishings, gardening supplies and unique gifts for sale.

Discover fresh local produce and frozen specialist meals at the garden centre’s own Food Market. If you’d like a bite to eat during your visit, the Van Hage Café serves breakfast until 11am daily and hot food until 2:30pm.

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Markets in Peterborough 

If you enjoy the atmosphere of shopping at an outdoor market, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Peterborough. Firstly, at the heart of the city centre, you’ll find the historic Cathedral Square, home to the distinctive city Guildhall.

You’ll always find a few traders on and around Cathedral Square but the biannual Peterborough Vegan Market is perhaps the most notable event. Operating since 2019, this market features vegan street food, sustainable jewellers, craft brewers, artisan bakers and more across over 40 individual stalls.

Bridge Street is home to Peterborough City Market, where you’ll be able to find a year-round supply of fresh produce, clothes and accessories from local traders. The all-new Food Hall there showcases the very best local meats, fish and deli foods.

Getting to the shops in Peterborough

Use our journey planner and book train tickets to Peterborough today if you’re ready to find your new favourites for the season. If you’re thinking of staying for the whole weekend, there are also plenty of quality hotels in Peterborough from which to choose. Whichever way you’d like to spend your time in the city, we’re with you.

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