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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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Attended on a Saturday in April and we were treated to the rehearsal of the Mozart recital that was taking place that evening. We have visited a good few cathedrals and having the rehearsal going on..... more
Attended on a Saturday in April and we were treated to the rehearsal of the Mozart recital that was taking place that evening. We have visited a good few cathedrals and having the rehearsal going on..... more »
Very big, powerful, very beautiful inside and out. She fulfilled the expectation and more than I expected. This is one of the largest cathedrals in the UK and it is strange that it is not more...
Very big, powerful, very beautiful inside and out. She fulfilled the expectation and more than I expected. This is one of the largest cathedrals in the UK and it is strange that it is not more... 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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