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It is also known as the Isle of Ely suggesting an island. It has even been claimed that, during the 11th century, monks of the town used eels as currency to pay their taxes. People are said to have walked around on stilts or used boats to get around the Fens and only people of the Fens knew the correct route so they wouldn’t drown.

The ancient city of Ely occupies the largest island in the Cambridgeshire Fens. The "Isle of Ely" is so called because it was only accessible by boat until the waterlogged Fens were drained in the 17th century. Still susceptible to flooding today, it was these watery surrounds that gave Ely its original name the ‘Isle of Eels’, a translation of the Anglo Saxon word ‘Eilig’.

Anglesey Abbey Gardens & Lode Mill, another National Trust Property, is a Jacobean-style house built on the site of a 12th century Augustinian priory, which contains a priceless art collection (look out for the Canaletto!) and one of the National Trust’s largest collections of clocks. It is surrounded by a 98-acre landscaped garden and arboretum with over 100 pieces of sculpture and is famous for its snowdrop walks in winter and its collection of dahlias in the summer.

Welcome to Ely Cathedral's website which I hope will give you a glimpse of the wonders and glories that the Cathedral has to offer.

Ely Tourism: Ely Landmarks (Photos) – Ely Cafes & Tea Rooms – Ely City Centre Map – Ely Pub Map – Inside Ely Cathedral – Ely Cathedral – Ely Museum – Ely Stained Glass Museum – Ely Tourist Information Centre – Accommodation in Ely – Oliver Cromwell – Hereward The Wake – St. Mary’s Church – Ely Town Trail – General Photo Gallery – Photos From The Tower!

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Ely’s riverside is a favourite spot for visitors wishing to relax, take a boat trip, browse through shops and galleries, enjoy afternoon tea or simply watch the activity on the river.  

The album cover for Pink Floyd's The Division Bell was created by Storm Thorgerson with Ely as the background between two massive sculptures that he had erected outside the city.

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Ely's Riverside is a destination within itself and so close to the City Centre.

Considered one of the seven wonders of the medieval world, the Cathedral is a definite must see destination.

The City of Ely offers a wonderful blend of the historic and the modern. Take your time to wander and enjoy the sights or do something energetic or just sit and watch the world go by.

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Wicken Fen, owned by the National Trust, is the place to explore the fen landscape as it once looked. This nature reserve is one of the few remaining fragments of undrained fenland, and home to rare species of plants, insects and birds. A patchwork of different habitats has encouraged a vast range of wildlife making the reserve one of the most important wetlands in Europe.

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Phosphates nodules, referred to locally as coprolites,[xiii] were dug in the area surrounding Ely between 1850 and 1890 for use as an agricultural fertiliser. This industry provided significant employment for the local labour force.[115] One of the largest sugar beet factories in England was opened in Queen Adelaide, 2 miles (3 km) from the centre of Ely, in 1925.[116] The factory closed in 1981, although sugar beet is still farmed locally.[117]

Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) exists to provide, support, and champion high-quality education at the heart of local communities.

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The King's School, Ely claims to have beginnings in the re-foundation of St Etheldreda's monastery in 970 by the Benedictine order. The wealthy sent their sons to such places to learn how to read and translate Latin texts. Edward the Confessor may[xxv] have been educated at Ely between circa 1005 and 1010. "The teaching of grammar continued in the cloisters [of Ely] and this tradition was the forerunner of the Cathedral Grammar School, today known as The King's School Ely".[219]

Ely is ideally situated: Cambridge is a 20 minute drive, Newmarket 15 minutes, and the Norfolk Heritage coast is only an hour away by car.

Ely is rightly proud of its connection with eels as the name Ely is derived from the Isle of Eels when the City was surrounded by water and marshland. Eels are still caught in the River Great Ouse and many still consider Smoked Eel a delicacy

Ely Cathedral was "the first great cathedral to be thoroughly restored".[65] Work commenced in 1845 and was completed nearly thirty years later; most of the work was "sympathetically" carried out by the architect George Gilbert Scott.[66] The only pavement labyrinth to be found in an English cathedral was installed below the west tower in 1870.[67][68]

The Stained Glass Museum is a unique collection of stained glass dating from the Middle Ages. The windows trace the history and development of this fascinating art form up to the present day. Over one hundred panels of glass displayed at eye-level in the magnificent setting of Ely Cathedral.

The University of Cambridge rowing club has a boathouse on the bank of the river, and trains there for the annual Boat Race against the University of Oxford.[215] In 1944, the Boat Race took place on a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) course on the River Great Ouse near Ely, the only time it has not been held on the River Thames. On that occasion the race was won by Oxford.[216] The Isle of Ely Rowing Club was formed to commemorate the 60th anniversary of this event.[217]


We strongly recommend that you follow the city’s heritage public art Eel Trail. This circular walk, self-guided by brass waymarkers, takes you past the oldest parts of Ely and down to the beautiful riverside area.

Worship has been offered to Almighty God on this site for nearly 1400 years and the Cathedral continues to be a dynamic witness to the presence of God in the world, and of his love and care for each and every one of us.

Unfortunately, there has been a slight delay in the delivery of student planners. We expect to be able to distribute these on Monday 12 September.

Ely is the nearest cathedral city to Cambridge, which lies within the same diocese. The Diocese of Ely covers 1,507 square miles (3,903 km2), 641,000 people (2011) and 335 churches. It includes the county of Cambridgeshire, except for much of Peterborough, and three parishes in the south which are in the diocese of Chelmsford. The Diocese of Ely also includes the western part of Norfolk, a few parishes in Peterborough and Essex, and one in Bedfordshire.[210]

A service of thanksgiving and blessing for pets and working animals You are welcome to bring your pet Please be aware that being together with lots of other animals may prove stressful for......  Read more »

Gottesdienste für den Allmächtigen werden hier nun schon seit fast 1.400 Jahren abgehalten und die Kathedrale ist weiterhin ein Zeitzeuge der Gegenwart Gottes auf Erden, und seiner Liebe und Fürsorge für uns alle.

In 1940 the Bishop's Palace was acquired by the Red Cross as a hospital and after the second world war it became a school for disabled children and young people.

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Getting here:Ely is easily accessible by both road and rail, please try our UK Travel Guide for further information.

Oliver Cromwell lived in Ely from 1636 to 1646 after inheriting a sixteenth-century property—now known as Oliver Cromwell's House—and the position of local tax collector from his mother's brother, Sir Thomas Steward.[42] Cromwell was one of the governors of Thomas Parsons' Charity,[33] which dates back to 1445[43] and was granted a Royal Charter by Charles I of England.[44] The Charity still provides grants and housing to deserving local applicants.[45]

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The city's courthouse was built in 1821, replacing a previous court in the Shire Hall.[168] It ceased operation in 2011 as part of central government measures to close 93 magistrates' courts across England and Wales.[169]

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East Cambridgeshire District Council is part of the Recycling in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (RECAP) Partnership, which was granted Beacon status for waste and recycling in 2006–07.[225]

We are delighted to host an exhibition of new paintings by one of the countrys finest contemporary watercolourists Gerard Stamp. Gerard...