Ely is a lovely market town and cathedral city situated on the Isle of Ely in Cambridgeshire, on the River Great Ouse.
The Cathedral is one of the most outstanding in England. The superb octagon tower is a landmark for many miles, The original foundation was by St. Etheldreda in 673, but the present building is mostly 12th century. It also contains the National Museum of Stained Glass.
Opposite the Cathedral and beside an attractive green is the old Bishop’s Palace, and hidden away and almost forgotten is the mound of a Norman castle.
Oliver Cromwell lived at Ely. His attractive timber-framed house is now a Museum of his life and work, and the front of the building is now a Tourist Information Centre.
The English freedom fighter Hereward the Wake used Ely as his base in his campaign of resistance against William the Conqueror.
Ely has a lovely waterside area beside the River Great Ouse, with boats, pubs, cafes and the Maltings, now used as an entertainment and arts centre.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Ely for groups.