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Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral, Ely, CB7 4DL

Highly regarded by historians and architects from all over the world for its beauty and size, Ely Cathedral is widely acknowledged as ‘one of the wonders of the Medieval world’.

Visible for miles around, the Cathedral is often referred to as ‘The Ship of the Fens’.

The present building dates from 1081 and is a remarkable example of both Romanesque and Norman architecture. In addition to its unique Octagon Tower and magnificent Lady Chapel, Ely has the third longest nave of any UK Cathedral.

As well as being a major visitor attraction, the Cathedral serves as a cultural focal point for East Anglia by providing a unique venue for the arts and music, for exhibitions, concerts and theatre.

The Cathedral’s role today is not so far removed from its days as a Benedictine monastery and offers regular daily worship with a special emphasis on choral music. It still maintains a resident choir of choristers and lay clerks and so continues the tradition of choral evensong every day of the week during term time.

Most recently Ely has gained global recognition a prominent film location including Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Other Boleyn Girl, Macbeth, The King’s Speech and The Crown.

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Opening Times

Monday - Saturday

10.00 - 16.00


Noon - 15.00


Adult - Online Advance Booking


Adult - On site


Children Under 16


Carers (when accompanying a paying adult with additional needs)


Annual Pass: You can upgrade your visitor ticket to an annual pass at no extra cost. Please ask the team on duty during your visit.
Please note: Passes are not transferable and are not valid for concerts or events.


Baby Changing


Disabled Access


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