What Are the Vaults?

What Are the Vaults?

Dare you enter...?

Explore layers of history and meet people from the past, associated with the building which now houses Peterborough Museum. 

For more information, call (01733) 864663
e-mail: museum@vivacity-peterborough.com.

Beware as some of the spookier secrets of the Museum may also be revealed…

500 years of history...

The Priestgate Vaults are the historic cellars under Peterborough Museum, revealing 500 years of history from this building and the city.

The cellars have original features, including windows from the Tudor house, the Georgian wine cellar, coal cellar and a room we used as an air raid shelter during World War II.

As part of an escorted tour you will explore these rooms as characters from the past tell their stories, brought to life using new technology and theatrical effects. Like much of the Museum, the cellars have a reputation as being haunted. You will hear some of the Museum’s ghost stories and may find some of them brought to life…

We’ve already had some visitors to the Vaults who’ve claimed to have had genuinely spooky experiences, and perhaps even caught a ghost on camera!

You can see a report on the Vaults by ITV Anglia News here!

A Place to Learn

Schools can experience the Priestgate Vaults in a number of ways, either as a full tour (minus the ghost room!) or visiting one of the rooms such as the air raid shelter as part of aWWII experience day. Whichever way it is experienced, schools can enjoy an extended stay at the museum with some great additional activities upstairs that complement the cellar stories.

Additional activities you can choose from include:

  • meet Matron King in the Operating Theatre
  • meet a Home Guard soldier (Abigail’s father)
  • object handling
  • getting up close to portraits of local Tudors
  • city tours
  • independent trail around the museum building

For more information, please call our Education team on (01733) 864700 or e-mail museum.education@vivacity-peterborough.com.

An unusual setting, right in the heart of the city for discrete, exclusive events!

We host many events throughout the year open to customers but if you would like to hire the vaults for your own private event then please get in touch.

We are available for:
• Private parties
• Corporate events
• Ghost hunts
• Exclusive group tours

The Priestgate Vaults are a great venue for hosting your own event and are available to simply hire, allowing you to be as creative as you like!

If you want to make the evening something a little extra special, then why not use our vaults as an intimate setting for a dinner with a group of friends or something a bit different for your next works party.

For more information, please call (01733) 864663 or e-mail: museum@vivacity-peterborough.com.