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1. History of Ely
Ely is a cathedral city in Cambridgeshire - 14 miles north-northeast of Cambridge. It was founded in 673 at the time Princess Etheldreda, who was the daughter of the Anglo-Saxon King Anna, adopted Christianity and created a convent one mile to the north of the Saxon village called Cratendune: this was an act that was to later ensure her elevation to Saint Etheldreda. It has be...Read more
2. Now in Ely
The historic city of Ely is a great place to visit. It is brimming with beauty and charm and is the home of one of the most stunning cathedrals in England. The cathedral was started in 1083 by William I and was finally opened in 1189 after 116 years in the planning. Today Ely still retains many impressive historic buildings as well as winding shopping streets. Every week on ...Read more
3. Events in Ely
There’s always something going on in Ely and the surrounding area. Some of the events taking place in this beautiful cathedral city include the Ely Folk Festival, Ely’s annual Eel Day and Ely Art Society’s Annual Art Exhibition. There’s also the Ely Apple Festival. Close by are the tourist destinations of Newmarket and Cambridge, and London is just an hour by rail an...Read more
4. Attractions in Ely
Ely is brimming with attractions. A standout attraction is Ely Cathedral. This striking building dominates the skyline and is one of England’s largest and most beautiful cathedrals. It is known in the Ely area as the ‘Ship of the Fens’ and is best known for its unusual Octagon tower: when lit this tower can be seen for many miles around. Ely Cathedral is also the home...Read more
5. Things To Do in Ely
There are lots to do in and around Ely. Some of the top things to do are to visit Ely Cathedral, to enjoy the costumed guides and a unique experience of the 17th Century at Oliver Cromwell’s House, or to take a ghostly tour. There are also Ely historic guided tours, which take a look at Ely and its monastic buildings. You could try your hand at sailing at Ely Sailing Club, ...Read more
6. Business in Ely
A popular destination for visitors, a lot of the business in and around Ely is tourist related. There are many historic, costumed and ghost tours to join and many museums and galleries to visit. For retail therapy Ely is a good place to head for, with many shops, market days on a Thursday and Saturday each week, and lots of antique outlets.
7. Transport in Ely
Ely is served well by transport. Ely Railway Station is located on the Fen Line and is a major railway hub. There are direct trains from here to London, Cambridge, the majority of East Anglia, the Midlands and the North. There are also connecting services to Scotland and many other parts of England. The city is on the route of the north-south A10 trunk road that goes from Lo...Read more
8. Entertainment in Ely
Much of the entertainment in and around Ely is music-based. One of the most popular of the music events staged here is the Ely Folk Festival, which is one of the UK’s leading folk music events. The festival offers a line-up of great music acts in a very intimate, family-friendly environment and reflects the rich diversity that exists in the modern folk music scene. It alway...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks in Ely
Ely’s most famous and loved landmark is its beautiful cathedral. The Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity is known as the ‘Ship of the Fens’ due to the distant views of its towers that dominate the skyline. The cathedral, which was started in 1083 by William I, eventually opened in 1189. It suffered the collapse of its main tower in 1322: this was rebuilt ...Read more
10. Interesting Facts about Ely
Clive Woodward, the rugby union player and winning manager with the England national rugby union team in the Rugby World Cup 2003, was born in Ely.
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01 April 2013 - 30 April 2013
Ely Eel Day is an event that takes place annually to celebrate the namesake of Ely: the eel. The celebrations begin with a parade starting at the stunning Ely Cathedral. The parade then goes to the Jubilee Gardens, passing the Market Square. You can expect to see all ...more
08 June 2013
The first of four workshops to make your own costume for the carnival parade at our Summer Event on 22nd June! Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult. Our Summer Event showcases and celebrates the wealth of talent and variety within our community, from superb live mus ...more
01 July 2013 - 31 July 2013
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01 January 2013 - 31 December 2013
Haverhill Arts Centre is funded by the town council and has a packed programme of events all year round. The venue has performances by both professional and amateur artists and provides a platform for new talent as well as big names. The arts centre hosts concerts, th ...more
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