The huge vaulted façade of Peterborough Cathedral is a sight not to be missed in this interesting city on the edge of the flat Fens. Behind it, the cathedral is a treasure of Norman architecture and the burial place of Katherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII. It was once also the last resting place of Mary, Queen of Scots (her body was moved to Westminster Abbey by her son, James I). The River Nene passes through the town and can be explored on the Nene Valley Railway which runs through 7.5 miles of Northamptonshire countryside.
Just as they have done for hundreds of years, Peterborough hotels and B&Bs offer a worthwhile resting place on the Great North Road from London to Scotland.