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 .
Ely Cathedral Reviews
This a review about the Christmas gift & food fair at the cathedral. Arrived about 11.00 Lots of people here already. Lots and lots of stalls selling everything from food to fairies. Great to do some ... more »
No trip to Ely is complete without a visit to the magnificent cathedral; one of the largest in the country, and an amazing construction. A tour of the Octagon Tower is well worth it, but be warned the... more »
Stunningly beautiful old building. I can well imagine that services there must be very special. We did the tower tour which was well worth the additional expenditure. Our guide, Will, was very knowledgeable and engaging. The last of the spiral staircases is very narrow and confined but still manageable by someone of a heavier build like me! The views outside were stunning and the views inside back down into the octagon were something not to be missed. Thank-you.
Beautiful .. stunning .. Was lucky enough to graduate with The Open University and the graduation ceremony took place inside Ely Cathedral. Amazingly captivating atmosphere .. lots of graduates were there. My husband and our two lovely children attended ..xx
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