Attraction in Ely
The cathedrals of England are a precious and unique part of our national heritage and Ely is regarded as one of the finest. Its remarkable and wonderful architecture, the exceptional number of medieval monastic buildings surrounding it and the quiet and gentle charm of the small city in which it is set combine to make Ely Cathedral a most glorious place.
Work on the present building commenced in the early 1080s under Abbot Simeon, and the church became a Cathedral in 1109. For more than 400 years it was a church of the Benedictine monastery and a Cathedral. After Henry VIII dissolved the monastery in 1539 it continued to exist as a Cathedral.
Highlights include the famous Octagon Tower built in 1322, the superb Norman carvings dating from 1135 and the uninterrupted view from the West Tower to the Presbytery. Tower tours are available throughout the year. Please book in advance.
Nearest Train Station: Ely
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Months Open: All Year
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes
Discount for Groups: Yes
Car Parking: Yes
Wedding Facilities: Yes
Conference Facilities: Yes
Admission Price: Adults: £5.20
Senior Citizen, Unwaged, Student: £4.50
All free on Sundays
Gift Shop: Yes
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