Ely

Explore one of England’s smallest cities by foot, taking in the stunning cathedral, the 17th century atmosphere and its rich history.

Ely, Cambridgeshire

ELY – AT A GLANCE

  • Ely is known for the skyline-dominating cathedral with its origins traced back to AD 673. Discover its historical connection to William the Conqueror and marvel at its stunning architectural design. 
  • Escape from the city rush with a trip to Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve boasting a campsite, wildflower meadows, plenty of wildlife and stunning views. 
  • For a uniquely quirky tour, stop by the Stained Glass Museum, which has a fascinating collection of rescued stained glass windows stretching back 1,300 years. 
  • Oliver Cromwell’s House is a hidden gem of an attraction and offers a peek into the 17th century, housing recreated period rooms and an abundance of fascinating exhibitions revolving around the Civil War.
  • With beautiful greenery, Jubilee Gardens is the perfect opportunity for some leisurely sightseeing with its soothing riverside, stunning Ely Cathedral backdrop and outdoor sculptures.
  • Visit Ely Museum and immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant history, with displays of the prehistoric age, how the Fens were formed, Roman artefacts and more. 
  • Ely is only a 1 hour and 10 minutes train ride away from London Kings Cross. 
     

Things to do in Ely