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. Tel. 01353 667735.
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.
Tel. 01353 660347.
Open M-S 1030-1700, Sun 1200-1630.
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. Tel. 01353 662062.
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. Tel. 01353 666655.
Open closed for refurbishment until autumn 2020.
The Abbey was founded in 1159 by Benedictine monks. After the Dissolution it survived as a farmhouse
and it still features Norman interiors.
The Museum displays cover farming through the ages and the rural history of Cambridgeshire.
17th century stone barn, traditional cottage and fenman's hut. Workshops include a basket-maker and blacksmith.
Tearooms/restaurant (SSu and special event days only). Tel. 01223 860988.
Open Apr-Oct, TWThFSSu & BH 1100-1700.
www.english-heritage.org.uk | www.dennyfarmlandmuseum.org.uk
Bus 9 from Tesco (near station) or Market Street to entrance shortly after Chittering, about 20 minutes journey, M-S only, hourly. Operated by Stagecoach.
Buses also operate from Cambridge.