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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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  • Wicken, near Ely, Cambridgeshire
    Wicken, near Ely, Cambridgeshire×

    The Barn at Butts Farm

    Wicken, near Ely, Cambridgeshire

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    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    Set in the grounds of the owner’s Grade II listed 17th-century farmhouse, this detached holiday cottage is...

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  • Ely, Haddenham, Cambridgeshire
    Ely, Haddenham, Cambridgeshire×

    Old Porch House

    Ely, Haddenham, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: 19389
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio

    This Grade II listed self-contained wing of a magnificent Elizabethan Long House, built in the reign of Queen Elizabeth...

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  • Water Newton, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
    Water Newton, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire×

    River Nene Cottages - Barley Cottage

    Water Newton, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: UKC315
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    Located in the picturesque village of Water Newton, on the banks of the River Nene, are these two beautifully...

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  • Riverside Island Marina, Isleham, Cambridgeshire
    Riverside Island Marina, Isleham, Cambridgeshire×

    Kingfisher Lodge

    Riverside Island Marina, Isleham, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: AT14
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location

    This detached, Scandinavian-style holiday lodge with riverside garden and jetty, has views over the countryside. There...

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  • Holme, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
    Holme, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire×

    Woodman’s Lodge

    Holme, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: W43952
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Rural Location


    Woodman’s Lodge is, as the name suggests, nestled within the trees on a road and provides lovely, open...

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  • Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
    Wisbech, Cambridgeshire×

    Barn Owl Cottage

    Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: 27815
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    This superbly converted detached barn is situated just outside Wisbech with views over open fields on 3 sides....

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

    Wood Fen Lodges - Reed Lodge

    Little Downham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: UKC563
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove


    Nestled in beautiful, open Cambridgeshire countryside, Wood Fen Lodges have been thoughtfully converted...

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  • Near Ely,
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    Ref: E2507
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities

    In the unique atmosphere of the Fens’ landscape of huge skies, spectacular sunsets and fishing rivers, this...

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  • Soham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire
    Soham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire×

    Rands Retreat

    Soham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire

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    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile


    Nestled in a quiet side street in the pretty small town of Soham, Rands Retreat, one of a pair, has a fresh,...

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  • Water Newton, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
    Water Newton, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire×

    River Nene Cottages - Yew Tree Cottage

    Water Newton, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: UKC316
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    Located in the picturesque village of Water Newton, on the banks of the River Nene, are these two beautifully...

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  • Near Ely,
    Near Ely, ×
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    Ref: E2506
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities

    In the unique atmosphere of the Fens’ landscape of huge skies, spectacular sunsets and fishing rivers, this...

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  • Littleport, near Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
    Littleport, near Cambridge, Cambridgeshire×

    Birch House

    Littleport, near Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: W43716
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio

    In the pretty Cambridgeshire village of Littleport and within walking distance of the local shops and inns,...

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