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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Ely Cathedral and other Ely attractions using our handy Ely trip maker site .
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  • We went on the guided tour which was very interesting - the guide (surprise, surprise!) knew his stuff! It was £8/head but worth every penny! Before people say it should be free, the cathedral takes a...  more »
  • Do make sure you go on the guided tour, it was so interesting as you go to the top of the cathedral and hear the history of the Cathedral and the area. The view from the top is outstanding. The entry ...  more »
  • Beautiful cathedral, did the guided tour and the stained glass museum was very interesting. Tower tour was great, views were incredible, just beware if it’s a windy day! Absolutely no shelter or windb...  more »
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  • Seriously awesome architecture. I never expected the cathedral to be so magnificent. The design is slightly different to the other cathedrals at Salisbury or Winchester. So if you are looking for a different style of design then this is one.
  • Amazing inside. Such a beautiful cathedral. Free on Sundays. Just give a donation. Lovely.
  • I think this is my favourite cathedral in the UK, and well worth the short train visit from Cambridge (the cathedral is around 15 minutes walk from the train station). There's plenty of history to discover, and an excellent gift shop too (including books on the Cathedrals itself and of the local area).
  • Very imposing and impressive cathedral. The interior is well maintained and although relatively bare was still quite majestic. The reason for a lower rating however is down to the high admission charges. I appreciate they have to fund the maintenance but I feel the high price of up to £18 per adult is too high and would put people off (as it did us). They do have a policy to never turn someone away if they could not afford a ticket but I doubt many people would be comfortable making this claim. So we never got to see more 90% of the cathedral sadly.
  • Just had a brilliant time at a weekend conference in this extraordinarily beautiful sacred space. Go visit!!
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