Known locally as "The Ship of the Fens" because of its prominent shape towering over the surrounding flat and watery landscape, Ely Cathedral offers guided tours of its iconic Octagon Tower. The tour provides detailed insight into the history of the cathedral, which was built between 1083 and 1375. Climb the cathedral’s spiral staircase on a clear day to take in sweeping views of the area, with the Cambridge University Library’s tower visible in the distance. The cathedral hosts regular concerts and temporary exhibitions, and is home to a museum of stained glass, displaying windows made over a span of 800 years. Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir of your visit at the cathedral’s well-stocked gift shop. To visit Ely Cathedral and get the most from your holiday in Ely, create itinerary details personal to you using our Ely vacation planner.
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Ely is the smallest city in England. The cathedral is big in every other way. The building with its stained glass windows is truly breathtaking. I've visited Durham, Wells, St. Paul's, Canterbury and ... more »
What a magnificent building with the stain glass windows. The new cross in the front entrance was worth looking at - the journey. Don't know whether it was because it was Sunday but it was free to wan... more »
This Cathedral must be one of the biggest and most imposing I have visited. It dominates the landscape for miles around. Steeped in history dating back to the 600s AD, you can easily spend hours under... more »
I love the Olde charm that the Church keeps. The town is great to. I was there for Market Day. Great deals on food ,wine and other things too. The pricing was good back then for me being on a tight budget! I picked up my China dish set there and I still have it today. I found out that it's almost like my Grandmother's set.We have Great taste in old world stuff!
Beautiful historic cathedral and beautiful town. A real delight. Steeped in history.
Wow, the place is huge. The architecture amazing and all the history it contains is completely fascinating. The place was bustling with activity when I arrived and there is so much to see I suggest you set aside an entire day. You can walk through yourself or take a guided tour. And there are souvenirs to purchase in and out. This cathedral is magnificent. Wizard of Where
Amazing! Such a beautiful cathedral, rich history, and great tour up the West Tower if you get a chance to go up- fantastic views of surrounding countryside
Often go to Ely Cathedral with 3 year old daughter. She loves the organ and listening to the organist practising, the Lady Chapel, and is in awe of the size of it. She loves to see 'the biggest Christmas tree ever' each year!
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