There’s lots of things to see and hear at cathedral’s Heritage Open Day

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Peterborough Cathedral is offering free guided tours of the Cathedral Precincts on Saturday, September 12, as part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme. The tours include a visit to the beautiful Deanery Garden, which is not usually open to the public.

Trained volunteer guides will lead the hour long trips, highlighting some of the fascinating history behind the buildings and structures which surround the cathedral, dating from medieval to Victorian times.

A visit to the Deanery Garden will reveal 19th century follies as well as Tout Hill, the remains of an 11th century fort built by a Norman abbot of the cathedral as a defence against Saxon invaders.

Also on the day, the young Italian accordionist Pietro Roffi will give the last in the cathedral’s series of free summer recitals. The performance is at 1.00pm outside in the Portico, so can easily be combined with a Precincts tour either before or afterwards. People are welcome to picnic on the grass or to bring deckchairs if they wish. Pietro will be playing Scarlatti sonatas. This outdoor performance is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Precinct tours will take place at 10.00am, 12.00 noon, 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Pre-booking is advisable as places are limited. Children are welcome. To book please call Lisa Foulkes-Arnold on 01733 355316 or email:

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