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

    Fen Cottage

    Little Downham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: UKC732
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire


    Accessed by a bridleway, this remote, attractive workers cottage, dating back to 1710, is nestled between the...

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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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    Ref: RCCE
    Key Features:
    - 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
    Key Features:
    - 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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  • 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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  • Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
    Wisbech, Cambridgeshire×

    Coach House Loft

    Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: NT010030
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio

    National Trust Holiday Cottage

    Just 5 minutes from the harbour, this first floor...

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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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  • Near Ely,
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    Ref: E2505
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities

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

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

    Wood Fen Lodges - Sedge Lodge

    Little Downham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: UKC564
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - 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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  • Wicken, near Ely, Cambridgeshire
    Wicken, near Ely, Cambridgeshire×

    Barrow Barn

    Wicken, near Ely, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: 29738
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    Countryside views

    Set in Wicken, one of Cambridgeshire’s prettiest villages, this delightful...

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  • Wicken, Cambridgeshire
    Wicken, Cambridgeshire×

    The Stables

    Wicken, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: 29178
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    Converted from former stables using reclaimed mellow bricks, this single-storey, detached holiday home is set in...

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

    Croft House

    Welney, near Littleport, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: CDDJ
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire

    Where ‘Gentlemen Adventurers’ turned marshland into farmland, overseen by Ely’s towering cathedral,...

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  • 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

    Once the old village bakery (and more recently a shop), this pretty detached cottage has been totally renovated...

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