Peterborough is a sprawling city known for excellent shopping, and its remarkable cathedral alone justifies a day trip from Cambridge or London. Peterborough Cathedral was built in 1118 and has a magnificent three story Norman nave topped by a breathtaking early 13th century painted timber ceiling that is one of the earliest of its kind in Europe. Make sure you don’t miss the Gothic tower and the site where Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, is buried. Just beyond the tower is the wonderful 15th century eastern tip of the cathedral, which has a vaulted ceiling thought to be the work of master mason John Wastell, who worked on King’s College Chapel in Cambridge. Aside from the cathedral, the town is best for shopaholics whose pulses quicken at the sight of high gloss shopping malls, of which Perth has many.