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Ely

Perhaps Ely’s most recognised attraction is its cathedral, which is visible for miles around, but there is much more to this historic city for visitors to discover. Situated just 14 miles from Cambridge, Ely is built on the highest part of the Fens and makes an ideal base for touring the area.

Ely Cathedral is known as the ‘Ship of the Fens’ because of its prominence. This magnificent twelfth century cathedral is famous for its Octagon tower and tours give visitors an option to climb this and enjoy the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Also housed in the cathedral is the Stained Glass Museum, where more than 125 stained glass panels are displayed. The history of stained glass going back to the thirteenth century is permanently displayed here and temporary exhibitions are also held throughout the year.

The history of the city is told at Ely Museum, which is housed in a former gaol, and all will enjoy a visit to the home of Ely’s most famous resident, Oliver Cromwell. Costumed guides will show you the house where Cromwell and his family lived for ten years. The Tourist Information Centre is also housed in Oliver Cromwell’s House.

An excellent way to explore the city is by following the eel trail. This circular walk tales you from Oliver Cromwell’s House, through the city centre to the waterside area, passing many places of interest. The route also takes in Jubilee Gardens and Cherry Hill Park and is clearly marked by 70 brass way markers.

Ely has a wide choice of shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as markets on Thursdays and Saturdays, so you are sure to find anything you need. Within easy reach of the city are attractions such as Welney Wetlands Centre and Wicken Fen, where you can discover the natural history of the area.

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  • Welney, near Littleport, Cambridgeshire
    Welney, near Littleport, Cambridgeshire×

    Croft House

    Welney, near Littleport, Cambridgeshire

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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Located in the pretty village of Wenley, relax and immerse yourself in the countryside that surrounds this hoilday property.
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    Where ‘Gentlemen Adventurers’ turned marshland into farmland, overseen by Ely’s towering cathedral, The Fens is a landscape both mystical and earthy. Legendary sunrises and sunsets are the bookends of the working day in a region founded on arable farming. Welney is an old Fen town with a world-renowned centre for migratory birds, and Croft House is an attractive Victorian property which has been lovingly restored with authentic original features from its past. Croft House...

  • Fordham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire
    Fordham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire×

    Vingt Huit

    Fordham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: UKC2210
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    The many attractions in Cambridgeshire makes this a great year-round choice, and you will find yourself easily filling your days with things to do.
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    Set within a residential area in the Cambridgeshire village of Fordham, Vingt Huit offers comfortable semi-detached accommodation for those looking to explore Cambridgeshire and beyond. Just under 9 miles away lies the small city of Ely with its magnificent cathedral, dubbed ’the ship of the fens’ because of the way it rises up on the horizon. Here you will also find lots of great places to shop and eat, as well as a charming stained glass museum and the Ely Museum, which...

  • Stretham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire
    Stretham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire×

    Rosewood

    Stretham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: W43717
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    A delightful property tucked away in a quiet area benefiting from its own enclosed garden and within walking distance of the shops and inns.
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    In the pretty Cambridgeshire village of Stretham, within walking distance of the local shops and inn, this delightful detached property, built in 1880, is tucked away in a quiet area. With its fully enclosed garden, it offers comfortable holiday accommodation whatever the season. Guests also have use of the external log cabin which homes an air hockey table and outdoor games. Close by is the very popular historic city of Ely with its imposing cathedral, attractive river and...

  • Little Downham, Ely, Cambridgeshire
    Little Downham, Ely, Cambridgeshire×

    The Old Bakery

    Little Downham, Ely, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: RW6
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    A bright, modern home providing all amenities, just a 30 minute drive from the historic cathedral city of Cambridge.
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    Once the old village bakery (and more recently a shop), this pretty detached cottage has been totally renovated providing a spacious, bright and airy holiday home. With beams, an exposed brick wall and natural floors, it exudes much character yet provides all modern amenities, and is set in a slightly elevated position overlooking a cottage garden with an abundance of wisteria. Close by is the historic city of Ely with imposing cathedral, attractive river and good selection of...

  • Ely, Cambridgeshire
    Ely, Cambridgeshire×

    Lyndhurst

    Ely, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: E5643
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    A superb holiday base within walking distance of the historical city of Ely, or relax by the river and watch the waterborne world go by.
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    Within walking distance of shops, restaurants, tea rooms and the imposing cathedral in the historical city of Ely, this superb detached traditional house with its large delightful garden, is ideal for a family get together or to relax and unwind, whatever the season. Close by is the attractive river, where you can relax and watch the waterborne world go by, or sample the many riverside pubs. It is ideally placed to explore the many delights that Cambridgeshire has to offer. Golf...

  • Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
    Wisbech, Cambridgeshire×

    Redmoor House

    Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: UKC846
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    Indulge in a cinematic experience on site, or head for a morning dip in the pool. Redmoor house truly has it all.
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    From the moment you open the imposing electric gates and drive down the leafy driveway, you will start to feel as though you are on holiday. Uniquely created, Redmoor House is almost a holiday destination in itself and has been carefully renovated to provide discerning guests luxury accommodation with so many facilities that you will struggle to tear yourself away.
    An indoor heated swimming pool, with a counter current jet, will provide the opportunity for year round swimming to...

  • Near Ely,
    Near Ely, ×
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    Ref: E3470
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    In the unique atmosphere of the Fens’ landscape of huge skies, spectacular sunsets and fishing rivers, this cluster of quality barn conversions is the perfect place to relax and unwind
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    In the unique atmosphere of the Fens’ landscape of huge skies, spectacular sunsets and fishing rivers, this cluster of quality barn conversions is the perfect place to relax and unwind. They are comfortably furnished and tastefully decorated to a very good standard. This tranquil spot boasts footpath walks on the owners’ 280-acre arable farm, an undercover courtyard and an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub. Ely, 6 miles, occupying the largest island in the Fens, has...

    Cave Farm Barns - Heron
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  • Sutton, near Ely, Cambridgeshire
    Sutton, near Ely, Cambridgeshire×

    Orchard View

    Sutton, near Ely, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: UKC920
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Orchard View is the perfect base for exploring all that the local area has to offer, or simply relaxing with a glass of wine in hand on the patio.
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    Nestled on a quiet street in the village of Sutton, Orchard View provides the perfect base from which to explore all that the area has to offer. The accommodation is all on one floor and has been tastefully decorated and furnished to provide discerning guests with somewhere to relax and unwind after a busy day of sightseeing. With four bedrooms and two bathrooms, guests will find that the cottage has everything you could need for a great getaway.
    With places to eat and drink...

  • Doddington, near March, Cambridgeshire
    Doddington, near March, Cambridgeshire×

    Shire Barn

    Doddington, near March, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: UKC629
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    In the heart of the Cambridgeshire Fens, surrounded by historic towns and cities and with a wealth of rural activities on the doorstep, there really is something for everyone.
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    This award-winning, Grade II listed, 17th-century, detached barn conversion is located in the heart of Doddington’s conservation area. Adjacent to the 12th-century church, Shire Barn is steeped in history, yet combines state-of-the-art entertainment facilities within the original fabric of the house. The holiday accommodation is for up to ten guests, with five first floor bedrooms: one family room, two double, one twin and a single bedroom. The open plan downstairs is perfect for...

  • Thornhaugh, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
    Thornhaugh, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire×

    The Old Rectory

    Thornhaugh, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: RDD3
    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    An impressive house perfect for a large family or get-together of friends set in beautifully landscaped grounds and retaining original features.
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    This delightful former rectory dates back to the 1720s and adjoins the owner’s home within beautiful landscaped grounds in the pretty hamlet of Thornhaugh. Used during the 1940s by the ladies of the Land Army, The Old Rectory retains many original features including mullion windows and attractive architraves, whilst the imposing landing is adorned with ‘big game’ trophies. The Old Rectory provides a perfect holiday base for exploring all this beautiful area has to...

  • Stretham, Ely, Cambridgeshire
    Stretham, Ely, Cambridgeshire×

    Chittering Farm

    Stretham, Ely, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: RNN6
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Affording every comfort for an enjoyable holiday Chittering Farm is comfortably furnished and makes an excellent choice for families.
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    Chittering Farm was rebuilt from an old barn to afford every comfort for an enjoyable and relaxing holiday. An excellent choice for families, the property is very comfortably furnished with a spacious living room and welcoming open fire, making the perfect retreat for winter evenings. The French doors provide access to the beautiful surroundings on warm summer evenings. Providing bright, spacious accommodation, this detached house with unspoilt views over open countryside, is well...

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