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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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  • 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 wing of a magnificent Elizabethan Long House stands in three acres of wonderful grounds and retains its olde-worlde charm.
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    This Grade II listed self-contained wing of a magnificent Elizabethan Long House, built in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and believed to have been visited regularly by Oliver Cromwell. This impressive accommodation still retains its olde-worlde charm, including dairy and inglenook fireplace with bread oven. The house stands in wonderful grounds of three acres in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside close to the medieval city of Ely and university centre of Cambridge. Shops and...

  • 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
    Relax in this island setting surrounded by the River Lark - enjoy the riverside conservatory or try your hand at fishing.
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    This detached, Scandinavian-style holiday lodge with riverside garden and jetty, has views over the countryside. There is a store for cycles and fishing tackle, and fishing is also available at the property. Set on the Cambridgeshire/ Suffolk border, 1 mile from Isleham village, on an island, surrounded by the River Lark. Newmarket, racing, stables and museum, 8 miles. Ely cathedral and Thetford Forest, 10 miles, Anglesey Abbey (NT), 12 miles and Duxford War Museum 23 miles....

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

    Fen Cottage

    Little Downham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire

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    Ref: UKC732
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Once a workers cottage, this riverside property offers guests a perfect base from which to explore this beautiful area.
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    Accessed by a bridleway, this remote, attractive workers cottage, dating back to 1710, is nestled between the bank of the tidal New Bedford River, open farmland and Oxlode Lakes fishing pits. The river marks the eastern edge of the RSPB Ouse Washes, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a bird watchers paradise, noted for an array of rare wildfowl and birds, and the spectacular Whooper and Bewick’s swan migration between November and February each year, that sees upto...

  • 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
    Whether its fishing, rowing, cycling or simply a relaxing break that you are looking for, Yew Tree Cottage is the perfect base.
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    Located in the picturesque village of Water Newton, on the banks of the River Nene, are these two beautifully furnished cottages, Barley Cottage (ref UKC315) and Yew Tree Cottage (ref UKC316), and the first floor apartment, Coach Cottage (ref UKC1172), dating back to 1805, set on the borders of Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire. The owners live adjacent to the properties and are sure to offer the warmest of welcomes. Whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway, or a base...

    River Nene Cottages - Barley Cottage
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    Coach Cottage
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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
    Part of a former coach house, this first floor apartment is set in the old quarter of Wisbech.
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    National Trust Holiday Cottage

    Just 5 minutes from the harbour, this first floor holiday apartment displays beams throughout the living area, and welcomes guests with a cosy ambience. Part of a former coach house, it lies within a shared courtyard which is accessed via the former coach entrance gates. The old quarter of the market town of Wisbech is just a few hundred yards away, and opposite the courtyard are 35 acres of National Trust land, which visitors...

  • 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
    Ely, Cambridge and Audley End are just some of the many attractions to visit whilst staying at this charming country retreat.
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    In the pretty Cambridgeshire village of Littleport and within walking distance of the local shops and inns, this delightful property is one of a pair set in a quiet cul de sac. It has a fully enclosed garden and offers cosy comfortable accommodation whatever the season. Close by is the very popular historic city of Ely with its imposing cathedral, attractive river and good selection of individual shops, pubs, restaurants and tearooms. It is a superb base from which to explore the...

  • 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
    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...

  • Near Ely,
    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 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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  • 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 - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This fantastic holiday lodge can accommodate up to six guests and is an ideal base from which to discover and explore Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
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    Nestled in beautiful, open Cambridgeshire countryside, Wood Fen Lodges have been thoughtfully converted and decorated to provide all the home comforts that discerning guests need for a relaxing getaway. In a quiet location with exposed beams, cosy wood burner and private use of a hot tub (by arrangement), there really is nothing more you could need for a perfect break. Some guests may choose not to venture far, instead deciding to relax in their private garden, or perhaps...

    Wood Fen Lodges - Reed Lodge
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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
    Discover the oldest nature reserve at Wicken Fen and enjoy walks and cycle trails or meander the streets of Cambridge.
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    Converted from former stables using reclaimed mellow bricks, this single-storey, detached holiday home is set in the owner’s grounds and surrounded by open countryside. Situated in a quiet rural location on the edge of Wicken village, the property is close to the oldest nature reserve, Wicken Fen (NT), designated as a wetland Site of Special Scientific Interest, with its extensive walks, boardwalks and cycle trails. Explore the surrounding area, including the city of Ely, Newmarket,...

  • 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
    Relax and enjoy the countryside views from this property, whilst being within easy reach of the North Norfolk Coast.
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    Countryside views

    Set in Wicken, one of Cambridgeshire’s prettiest villages, this delightful detached bungalow, with its lovely garden and undulating countryside views, is the perfect holiday accommodation in which to relax and unwind. A short stroll (¼ mile) takes you to famous Wicken Fen (NT), and cyclists will enjoy the lovely route along the river from Ely to Cambridge (cycle hire available nearby). There are a myriad of attractions in the area, including Anglesey...

  • 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...

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