Days Out In Ely
Located just 15 miles from Cambridge, Ely is a perfect one-day or short break destination. Ely is easily accessed by road via the A10 or A142 off the A14. There is also a centrally located railway station, with good links to the rest of the region, which makes Ely ideally situated to use as a base whilst visiting Cambridge, Newmarket, Norwich or the Norfolk Coast.
The Magnificent Ely Cathedral
The first port of call for any visitor to Ely today will almost certainly be the cathedral. This imposing structure towers across the fens for miles around. Dominating the skyline, is one of England’s most beautiful and largest Cathedrals. Known locally as the ‘Ship of the Fens’ it is famous for its unique Octagon tower, which when lit can be seen from tens of miles away. The cathedral is also home to the only national museum dedicated to stained glass.
Enjoy a little retail therapy
For those looking for something a little different, the city abounds with the sort of small, independent shops which you thought no longer existed, and there are many gift shops, craft shops, bookshops, antique shops and art galleries where you can while away many a happy hour.
For those who love a bargain, Ely holds three different sorts of markets, from the award winning Farmers Market on the second and fourth Saturday of every month to the regular Thursday General Market and Saturday Craft and Collectables market.
Oliver Cromwell’s House
Ely’s most famous historical resident was of course Oliver Cromwell. Oliver Cromwell’s House is the only remaining house used by Cromwell with the exception of Hampton Court Palace in London. Cromwell lived with his family in Ely for just over ten years and the house provides an evocative insight into 17th century life. Audio tours bring the story of this fascinating building to life.
Stroll along the waterside
The City’s beautiful waterside is a hot spot for tourists and hosts a variety of musical entertainment to suit all tastes.
Ely’s riverside is also a favourite setting for visitors wishing to relax, take a boat trip, browse through shops and galleries, enjoy afternoon tea or simply watch the activity on the river. The River Great Ouse is a natural magnet for visitors to Ely and the long riverside frontage is a great place to watch the world – and a host of aquatic birds – go by.