The beautiful city of Ely is full of charm and beauty and home to one of the most magnificent cathedrals in England.

Whether it is a tranquil, peaceful retreat you're looking for or an inspiring, invigorating visit, the bustling city of Ely has it all.

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Stunning Ely is the perfect destination for a great day out with friends and family.

The first port of call for any visitor to Ely today will almost certainly be the Cathedral. The Cathedral is Ely's top tourist attraction and it's not hard to see why. Look in awe and wonder at this 12th century building in your own time, or take advantage of having a more informative experience with a guided tour.

Whilst visiting the Cathedral, why not visit the Stained Glass Museum? Housed in the South Triforium of Ely Cathedral, the Stained Glass Museum offers a truly stunning collection of stained glass. And not only that - its claim to fame is that it's the only museum dedicated to stained glass in the country. A guided tour is highly recommended as it unveils the story of stained glass.

If history is your thing, take a stroll over to Oliver Cromwell's House. Home to the Lord Protector, Cromwell lived in this house with his family for ten years, his only remaining home apart from Hampton Court Palace, London.

Whether you're a keen walker or just fancy stretching the legs, the eel trail is an excellent way of seeing historic Ely at its best. This circular walk, self-guided by brass waymarkers in the ground, takes you past the oldest parts of Ely with its beautiful monastic buildings, stunning architecture and spectacular views.

Food and drink

Fitting in with Ely's historic setting, why not head down to one of the traditional tearooms - all of which boast beautiful architecture and stunning gardens. From quaint teashops such as Cafe Carringtons, and traditional pubs The Royal Standard and the Prince Albert you're free to enjoy refreshments and meals whilst enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

Whatever your taste and budget, Ely has a host of different restaurants on offer. You will find a range of food, from world food offerings at Grand Central as well as more traditional style menus serving locally-sourced produce. Hotels such as The Lamb offer traditional favourites or you can enjoy a la carte dining at The Dining Room, Poets House.


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