About the cathedral
Highly regarded by historians and architects from all over the world for its beauty and size, Ely Cathedral is the only UK building to be listed as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Medieval World’. Visible for miles around, the Cathedral is often referred to as ‘The Ship of the Fens’.
Ely Cathedral is a magnificent structure with a history dating back over 1300 years. Located close to the university city of Cambridge, Ely has an association with many who have shaped history including King Canute, William the Conqueror, Hereward the Wake, Henry III, Edward III, Queen Phillipa and Oliver Cromwell. More recently the Cathedral has become better known as a film location, having being used as a film set for ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’, ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ and ‘The King’s Speech’.
The Cathedral is surrounded by beautiful parkland & meadows which are ideal for walks & picnics. There are many things to see & do on your visit to Ely Cathedral: climb the world famous Octagon or go 66m up to the top of the West Tower, explore the many medieval monastic buildings, visit the beautiful Lady Chapel which is the largest attached to any British cathedral and enjoy afternoon tea in the 11th century undercroft.