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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Ely Cathedral Reviews
should not have to pay such a high price to visit a church all religous buildings should be free with the option of a donation. would not visit again more »
Did the octagon tour - absolutely amazing and such an informative and knowledgable guide - thank you John Fascinating and what a view from the top and of the inside Try to do on a good day as you go u... 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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