Ely

High Street

Introduction

Ely is a small town just a short distance north of Cambridge but is home to the famous Ely Cathedral.

Ely Cathedral

The town centre is quite small but has a market in the central square that is worth a visit (as are the local butcher and tea houses).

Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral

The cathedral is open to the public but has a small admission charge. On the weekend (in season) tours are also offered of the “octagon” (the central tower in the middle of the cathedral) and the west tower (at additional cost).

Ely Cathedral Octagon Stain Glass

A beautiful cathedral located in the middle of the Cambridgeshire countryside. Building of the cathedral dates from the 12th century but there have been buildings on the site since 673.

Ely Cathedral Floor from the Octagon

If you can work yourself up to climbing stairs through narrow passageways, a trip to the Octagon is very much recommended if not for the view looking down into the cathedral but also the views of the surrounding countryside.

Ely Cathedral Monastic Buildings

The ceiling is only a hundred years old but is still quite impressive.

Ely Cathedral Painted Wooden Ceiling

Ely Cathedral

Riverside

The riverside is one of the beautiful attractions of Ely with it's marina and path all along the edge. There are a number of eating establishments along the river that are worth a visit (including a number of pubs). One hour river tours are also available.

Ely Cathedral

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