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The area has a wide range of attractions from National Trust properties to independent museums where you can learn more about the area's rich heritage and landscape.

Ely Cathedral

We pride ourselves in offering a warm welcome to all visitors to this magnificent building, whether your interest is religious, historical and architectural or simply to explore and experience this wonderful place.

Thousands of visitors come to Ely Cathedral each year from all over the world. Few are ever disappointed, for there is something here for everyone. It gives a vision of continuity and worship down the centuries. Lovers of architecture will rejoice in the many different styles, blending to make the whole. History abounds around every corner, and the beauty created by artists in wood, stone and glass is everywhere.

www.elycathedral.org


Stained Glass Museum

'A Gem in the Fens'.  The Stained Glass Museum is a hidden treasure within Ely Cathedral. An independent museum, it is uniquely dedicated to the art of stained glass. A display of over 100 original stained glass panels dating from the early 13th century to the present. Also more modern work by William Morris, John Piper and Brian Clarke.

www.stainedglassmuseum.com

 

 


Oliver Cromwell's House

Oliver Cromwell, one of the most divisive individuals in British History, spent a decade of his life living in Ely. Visit the former Lord Protector's family home which has been lovingly restored.  Experience what domestic life would have been like in the 17th Century in a variety of re-created period rooms as well as as exhibition detailing the Civil War.  Visit Mrs Cromwell's kitchen, try dressing up or playing with the toys of the time or ventuure into the Haunted Bedroom if you dare!

Audio handsets bring the story of this impresive House to life.  Guided tours and group visits welcome.  Also Gift Shop and Tourist Information Centre.

In 2016 Oliver Cromwell's House was awarded the "Hidden Gem" Accolade by Visit England.

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Ely Museum

The Museum is the history centre for the Isle of Ely and the Fens and it takes you on a journey through time from prehistoric to the twentieth century.

Displays include original prison cells, fossils that can be touched, Roman remains and an archive film of the Fens, including punt guns and eel catching. There is also a programme of special events and temporary exhibitions running throughout the year.

www.elymuseum.org.uk


Babylon Gallery

A small arts centre, located in a former brewery warehouse on Ely’s Waterside is home to the Babylon Gallery - a contemporary art gallery with regularly changing exhibitions throughout the year. There is a small gift shop filled with work from local and regional artists. Open 12-4pm daily (Closed Monday). Free entry.

 

'Putting arts, culture and entertainment at the heart of everyday life.' Babylon Arts is run by arts charity ADeC, who are committed to inspiring, developing and delivering quality arts events and activities to engage communities in Ely and beyond. ADeC run Babylon Gallery together with Ely Cinema and numerous youth and rural projects.

www.babylonarts.org.uk


Pop Up Escape Room

The international craze arrives at Cromwell's House. Can you solve the puzzle and find the key in 60 minutes?

Gather friends, family or colleagues together and see how well you work together in this fun but challenging activity that will be a talking point for weeks to come. This is the perfect activity to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary or just an excuse for a memorable activity.

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk


Angela Mellor Studio and Gallery

Award-winning international ceramic artist Angela Mellor is captivated by the seductive qualities of bone china: its smoothness, whiteness and translucency make it a very tactile medium, inviting the viewer to hold and appreciate its inherent beauty.

Landscape, light and coastal environments are reflected in her work which ranges from small cups that are a delight to drink from to one-off pieces and most recently, larger-scale sculptural work.

Angela is delighted to welcome visitors to her studio throughout the year by appointment. Her beautiful historic Grade II listed building is easy to locate opposite Oliver Cromwell’s House in the heart of Ely.

Open by appointment only.

www.angelamellor.com


National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art

A unique new attraction on a five acre site in the heart of Newmarket - all in the royal setting of Charles II's sporting palace and stables, a great day out for all the family.

Palace house offers a wide variety of things to see and do. A new National Gallery of British Sporting Art, explore the new National Horseracing Museum, meet former racehorses, enjoy a delicious meal in The Tack Room Restaurant and ride a winner on a famous racehorse simulator!

Unique gifts available to but from the Palace House Shop.

www.palacehousenewmarket.co.uk


Dojima Sake Brewery

The magnificent eighteenth century estate of Fordham Abbey, around ten miles south of Ely, has been bought by the Dojima Sake Brewery and will become the UK’s first Japanese Sake brewery in Spring 2018. It will produce 10,000 bottles per year using traditional recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. In addition to tours of the estate there will be a café, visitor centre and a shop, and the majestic main house will be available for meetings and functions.

Visit our website for details of special events this year, including sake tastings.

www.dojimabrewery.com


Discover Newmarket

Discover Newmarket offers a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes ar racing's headquarters to learn about the fascinating history, heritage and culture of the town.

 

www.discovernewmarket.co.uk


Ely's Liberty Belle River Cruises

From the first weekend in March until the end of October, cruise the river Great Ouse on the Liberty Belle.  30 minute cruises depart regularly from the riverside near the Maltings starting from 11 am daily.  Specialist evening cruises are also available, please enquire for details.

 

07927 390380 


Bibi's Indian Cookery Classes

Discover the secrets to cooking delicious authentic Indian Food! 

Book a lesson with friends, one to one or a couples class. You will not only learn a new skill but enjoy a delicious 3 (or More!) course meal at the end. Classes can be arranged to take place in your own home or come to us in Ely. Our "Cooking Party" is a fun and informal way of learning and is an experience like no other - perfect for Hen Parties and for friends. 

We can also offer a Mediterranean Cooking Class, Vegetarian and Vegan and Gluten Free - We can even offer outside catering services too.

Gift Vouchers are avaliable for all classes; making a wonderul and unique idea for a present.

www.cambridgecookingclasses.co.uk


Prickwillow Museum 

The Museum, in its picturesque setting close to Ely on the River Lark, holds a unique collection of large working diesel engines that played a vital part in maintaining the drainage of the once uninhabitable fens nearby. Displays or artefacts, photographs and interactive media illustrate the story of fen drainage and the social history of the local area. The highlight of a visit can be seeing and hearing one of the old engines in action and talking to engineers who have worked with the engines.

www.prickwillowmuseum.com


Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve

Wicken Fen provides a window on a 'lost landscape'  - a unique remnant of un-drained fenland which once covered the vast lowlands of East Anglia.  It is one of Britain's oldest nature reserves and was the first to be cared for by the National Trust.

Today Wicken Fen, is one of Europe's most important wetlands, home to over 9000 recorded species including many rare species of plants, birds and dragonflies. Throughout the year there's an amazing array of wildlife to see and hear, from booming bitterns and cuckoos in spring, rare orchids and dragonfles in summer, to hen harriers and short-eared owls in winter.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve


Burwell Museum

Set among beautifully preserved historic buildings, Burwell Museum tells the story of a bustling fen-edge village. Experience life in a Victorian mill, schoolroom and an old village shop, and imagine wartime in an original Nissen hut (siren included!). With vintage vehicles, historic farm machinery, traditional craft demonstrations and a Seventies telephone exchange to play on, Burwell Museum offers an amazing day out for families and everyone interested in fen village life.

www.burwellmuseum.org.uk


The Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey

A fascinating place to visit for all ages.

Celebrating Cambridgeshire farming and village life in a beautiful rural setting with the chance to explore English Heritage's 12th Century Abbey.

Picnic and play area, Gift shop, tearooms (open on weekends, bank holidays and childrens activity days) Hot drinks avaliable from the museum shop. Parking is free.

View our website for full details of opening times, events and admission prices.

www.farmlandmuseum.org.uk


Haddenham Galleries

An innovative creative art gallery and exotic ethnic gallery. Ten changing exhibitions each year by regionally and nationally known makers. Also natural meadow sculpture garden and working artists studios.

www.haddenhamgallery.co.uk