The Burg is Peterborough's latest tourist attraction and was opened to the public in August 2010. Originally the building that it is now housed in was a bakery shop but over many years had become disused and a bit of an eyesore. It was badly in need of some major refurbishment when Chris & Cathy Woodman purchased the building in early 2009. They had originally decided to purchase the building as it joined their business and they were in need of more room to expand their floor space. Once they had purchased it they quickly realised that a tourist attraction inside that building would help increase the foot traffic into their store.
"The Burg" was named after a slang term often used by the townspeople in the early 1900s when referring to Peterborough or "Petersburg" (as it was known till 1917).
The Burg contains a 20 metre mural that was done by local Artist Des Parker and depicts the history of the town from its early beginnings to the current day. The mural has been done using pastels and paint and took just over 12 months to complete. Complementing the mural are several static displays of local tourist attractions, a history room plus several television screens that showcase the town in the form of slideshows.
Recently a 30 inch screen has been added with a 30 minute presentation of the history of the town playing on a continual basis.
The attraction can be accessed through the Peterborough Newsagency at 185-189 Main Street from 8 am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 11-30am Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays. Entry is free.Phone 08 86512137 or email email@example.com