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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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It was amazing trip that I join the Sunday event. I can feel the long history from the pillars and ceilings. If you are interested in British history and culture, Ely Cathedral will be on your...
It was amazing trip that I join the Sunday event. I can feel the long history from the pillars and ceilings. If you are interested in British history and culture, Ely Cathedral will be on your... more »
We had the most excellent tour today (27th December) at 10.30am, we didn’t get the name of our tour guide, he was a lecturer in church history, he was excellent!… we wanted to commend his knowledge...
We had the most excellent tour today (27th December) at 10.30am, we didn’t get the name of our tour guide, he was a lecturer in church history, he was excellent!… we wanted to commend his knowledge... more »
We visited this magnificent cathedral on Sunday. Although the stained glass museum is not open, the experience is quite impressive. Especially the colors on the walls that are drawn by sunlight and the stained glasses are magical. Those colors combined with exquisite carvings and the tranquil sound from the organ, let us forget the time and be soothed. Also recommend the trails suggested by the Ely Country Park, the views of River Great Ouse are beautiful.
Loved visiting Ely Cathedral. It is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Such a beautiful piece of architecture. We didn't do the tours but understand there are other closed off areas where you can pay extra for tours. We also visited the stain glass museum which was equally beautiful. Highly recommend a visit to see born parts.
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