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9. Ely Cathedral

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Ely Cathedral

Known as the “Ship of the Fens,” Ely Cathedral dominates the low-lying countryside in which it is set and is a well-loved landmark for many miles around.

The Cathedral was founded by Etheldreda, a Saxon princess, who was born in AD630 at Exning near Newmarket.

Married twice, she separated from her second husband and went to live on the Isle of Ely, which had been a gift from her first husband, where she founded a double monastery for monks and nuns in 673.

Etheldreda’s monastery flourished for 200 years until it was destroyed by the Danes. It was re-founded as a Benedictine community in 970.

Work on the soaring Gothic architecture of the present Cathedral began in the 11th century, and has since undergone several restorations.

There is also a stained glass museum, shop, cafe and a restaurant at the nearby Almonry.

Ely Cathedral Address:                
Ely Cathedral
Chapter House
The College
England, UK

Ely Cathedral Opening Times:    
7.00am – 7.00pm

7.30am – 6.00pm Monday-Saturday
7.30am – 5.00pm Sunday

Ely Cathedral Admission:           
Adults £5.20
Concessions £4.50

Pre-booked Group of 15 adults or more £4.80 (Concessions £4.30)
Children under 12 free in a family group
Admission to the Cathedral on Sundays is free
Guided tours of the Cathedral are offered by trained and knowledgeable guides throughout the year at no extra charge – phone for details.
All services are free

+44 (0)1353 667735

+44 (0)1353 665658

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Ely Cathedral Website 

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