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Ely Cathedral

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Chapter House
The College

Tel: 01353 660349

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Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral is located in the center of this historic city and is surrounded by mediaeval monastic buildings, parkland and meadows.  A walk from the Cathedral through The Dean’s Meadow and Cherry Hill Park will take you down to the riverside with its famous tearoom and restaurants. The surrounding gardens, lawns and parks make ideal spots for a picnic or somewhere to sit and enjoy the wonderful views.

The nave is the third longest in the UK, and the same length as Ely High Street. It’s spectacular roof of painted panels depict The Jesse Tree, and move from Creation to Revelation as you walk from the West End up to the Crossing. The Nave’s imposing Gothic columns lead you from the main West Door to another feature unique to this Cathedral, an octagonal shaped tower.

The famous Octagon Tower, sometimes referred to as The Lantern, is a wonder of the mediaeval world and globally recognized as a masterpiece of engineering.  A guided tower tour takes you inside the Master Carpenter’s oak Lantern Tower of huge, wooden beams. The masterful coloured panels, designed by George Gilbert Scott, open out allowing a spectacular view onto the Nave floor almost 40 meters below.

Completed in 1349, Ely Cathedral’s Lady Chapel is the largest of its kind in the UK. Visitors are always struck not only by its size but the extraordinary sense of light and vastness of this magnificent space. This beauty is tempered by the destructiveness of the Reformation, as many of the carved figures in the walls are either beheaded or defaced. Both the architectural beauty and historic significance of this Chapel is renowned the world over.

Ely is one of the few remaining Cathedrals to have resident choristers.  The boys' choir has been part of the English Choral tradition since the mid-16th century and can be traced back considerably further to the time of King Canute.  Today the world famous choir consists of some 22 boy choristers and six adult lay clerks, and can be heard most evenings at Choral Evensong as well as on Sundays and Feast Days. In addition they give numerous concerts and recitals at the Cathedral.  
The Cathedral Gift Shop is well stocked with books, CDs, postcards and souvenirs specific to Ely Cathedral. There is also a wide range of beautiful gifts, handbags, jewelry and stationery.

The Refectory Café which offers a wide range of light lunches and snacks with outside seating on the Cathedral Green during the summer months.
Tower Tours both the West Tour with its 288 steps and the Octagon Tour are offered daily. A tour of the Cathedral itself is included in the entry price.

The Stain Glass Museum, offering a chance to view some spectacular pieces of stain glass.

Brass Rubbing & Children’s Trail

- Oliver Cromwell House
- The Ely Museum
- Anglesey Abbey
- Wicken Fen
- Ely Riverside - Boat Trips, Restaurants & Tea Rooms
- RSPB  - Lakenheath Fen

Cathedral Services

8.15am, 10.30am and 4.00pm

7.30am, 8.00am, 12.10pm (Thursdays and Saints' Days) and 5.30pm

For further information on visiting Ely Cathedral, including tours, guides, services, events & concerts, please visit the web site - www.elycathedral.org

Opening Times

Opening Times (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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