Lottie's Guide to Peterborough: A Quick Introduction to Living in Castor and Ailsworth

So what can you expect from living in Castor and Ailsworth.

Peterborough’s most premium postcodes?

Want to live in one of Peterborough’s most exclusive areas? With populations of just 1,363 and 559 respectively, Castor and Ailsworth is a highly desirable place to live. Just 4.5 miles west of Peterborough city centre, it’s an area that’s richly endowed with that quintessential feeling of a charming English village – with fantastic road links that make it a commuter’s dream. Expect large houses, gated communities and beautiful countryside on your doorstep. Oh and one or two seriously well-heeled neighbours. Here’s a quick introduction to living in Castor and Ailsworth.


Just like any other proud parent, you want to make sure your children get off to the best possible start in life. Part of that means providing access to good educational opportunities. So it’s good news that Castor and Ailsworth have a number of primary and secondary schools within a short driving distance – each rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.


Stocks Hill, Castor, Peterborough, PE5 7AY, 01733 380280
Ofsted Report: Good
163 pupils
Age: 4-11 years
Breakfast and after-school club

Wistow Way, Peterborough, PE2 6GF, 01733 370646
Ofsted Report: Good
358 pupils
Age: 4-11 years

Riseholme, Peterborough, PE2 5SP, 01733 237543
Ofsted Report: Good
340 pupils
Age: 4-11 years


Ledbury Road, Peterborough, PE3 9PN, 01733 263526
Ofsted Report: Good
850 pupils
Age: 11-19 years

Ortongate, Peterborough, PE2 5RQ. 01733 233014
Ofsted Report: Good
1,747 pupils
Age: 11-18 years

  • Hampton College (4 miles from Castor and Ailsworth)

Eagle Way, Hampton Vale, Peterborough, PE7 8BF, 01733 246820
Ofsted Report: Good
1,269 pupils
Age: 4-19 years


A big part of any village community is the pub – and it’s no different in Castor and Ailsworth. If you fancy a refreshing pint or a glass of wine at the end of a long day – perhaps with a bite to eat too – you have two options. We would recommend that you sample both to see which best sates your thirst – of course.

The Prince of Wales Feathers
·         Beer garden
·         Serves food
·         Family-friendly
·         Dog-friendly
·         Sports television
·         Regular beer festivals

Royal Oak
·         Serves food at lunchtime
·         Beer garden
·         Parking
·         Sports television


Do you know your coffee cake from your banana bread? If a cup of tea and a slice of cake is more your scene, head for one of Castor and Ailsworth’s beautiful cafés.

The Coffee House
107a Peterborough Road

Miko Coffee (1.6 miles from Castor and Ailsworth)
10 Ashleigh

Grocery shops

Cooking up a feast for your family or friends? Running low on the essentials? All the amenities you need are within a short drive.

The Paper Shop
107 Peterborough Road

Tesco Express (1.5 miles from Castor and Ailsworth)
Napier Place
62 Wistow Way

Londis (2 miles from Castor and Ailsworth)
Church Lane


Whether you prefer watching it or playing it, Castor and Ailsworth is home to both a cricket club and a tennis club. Very welcoming they are too – regardless of age or ability. For green-fingered fans of the great outdoors, Castor & Ailsworth District Gardeners’ Society is a must. 

Anything else you should know?

Castor is home to one of the most remarkable churches in the UK. Built on the former ruins of the second-largest Roman building in Britain, the Church of St Kyneburgha is a thing of spellbinding beauty both inside and out. There’s been a place of worship here since the fourth century and this Grade 1 Listed Building really is a spectacular place to visit – with its intricate combination of Roman, Saxon and Norman stonework. Fan of the great outdoors? Castor and Ailsworth delivers there too. A short drive in almost any direction will plonk you amid beautiful rural vistas. Try spending a sunny afternoon strolling beside the lakes of Ferry Meadows and you will see what we mean.

Local knowledge matters when you’re choosing an estate agent

When it comes to choosing somewhere to live, expert knowledge can make all the difference. Peterborough has many different villages – each with their own unique nuances and charms. As the only estate agent to cover every Peterborough postcode, we are well placed to help our clients find the perfect location for their ambitions. We can do the same for you.

If you have any questions about property in Peterborough, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Lottie Hostead
Sales Manager
01733 511099

This blog is written by Lottie, Lottie Hostead is Belvoir Peterborough’s Property Sales Manager. Born and raised here she is both a property expert with 10 years experience selling homes in Peterborough and a genuine local.
If you’re thinking of selling your home here then give her a call for a free no-obligation valuation

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