Ely is a compact and historic city in the heart of the fenland, dominated by its ancient Cathedral, the 'Ship of the Fens'. The bustle of the shopping streets and market (on Thursday and Saturday) contrasts with the peaceful parkland near the Cathedral and riverside area. Ely makes a great base for exploring the area by train with railway lines radiating in five directions.
TI Oliver Cromwell's House, 29 St Mary's Street. Tel. 01353 662062.
The Cathedral was built by William the Conqueror as a prominent outpost after the lengthy rebellion
by Hereward the Wake. It was completed in 1189 and now stands as a remarkable example of Romanesque architecture.
Refectory and Restaurant.
Open Daily 0730-1700 (1900 in summer).
The story of stained glass, an art-form that has been practised in Britain for at least 1300 years.
Open T-S 1000-1600.
Oliver Cromwell and his family lived here from 1636 for about ten years and the house has been
restored to this period. Kitchen, Portrait Room, Bedroom, Cromwell's Study and Office. Civil War Exhibition.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (1100-1600 Nov-Mar).
A local history museum located in the Bishop's Gaol. Displays cover the history of the Isle of Ely and
the Fens from prehistory to the 20th century.
Open TWThFS 1030-1700, Sun 1200-1700.