Ely Cathedral, Ely
Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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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First time here and its a very large cathedral Lots of different architecture . It can be seen from miles around Worth a visit
I e been to several cathedrals since living in the U.K., but the Ely Cathedral is beyond the best and most beautiful. They have a stained glass museum which offers a view of the previous windows from ... read more »
Easily my favourite Cathedral in the UK, its so different in its architecture compared to all the others. If you approach Ely from Newmarket in the afternoon and the sun is shining the view of the Cat... read more »
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
This cathredral is so beautiful - if you are anywhere in the vicinity it is definitely worth the detour to spend some time appreciating this beautiful and historic architecture.
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!
What an amazing place - when the cathedral was built this was the "Isle of Ely" surrounded by water and fens - and all the construction material had to be brought in by boat. This is what you call an imposing building - which makes a dramatic statement for many miles over a completely flat former fenland. (and all by hand)
David Liam Marshall
Ely Cathedral, has its origins in AD 672 when St Etheldreda built an Abbey Church. The present building dates back to 1083, and cathedral status was granted it in 1109
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