- Where to Visit
- Ely's Riverside
- Moorings and Marinas
- Shopping in Ely
- Ely Markets
- Leisure Activities
- Open Heritage Weekend
Ely has a beautiful waterside where you can enjoy a boat trip, a riverside walk or listen to music in the neighbouring Jubilee Gardens. As well as an art gallery and the region's largest antique centre, the riverside is home to a variety of eateries. Whether it is a glass of wine, a light lunch, a gourmet meal or a cream tea, Ely's waterfront has it all.
Ely has a long river frontage from which you can soak up the beauty and tranquillity of the local countryside. Why not take a boat trip along the River Great Ouse and its connecting rivers. From the head of the river's navigation in Bedfordshire to the Norfolk Coast, The River Great Ouse is the perfect place to enjoy some time on the water.
The riverside and Jubilee Gardens host a variety of events throughout the year from the annual Eel Day which includes the World Eel Throwing Competition and Ely's Aquafest which involves lots of fun in and and out of the water! Check out our What's on section for the complete programme, including the Riverside Concerts which draw large crowds during the summer.
Ely's Eel Trail is a circular walk that connects the city with the riverside and Jubilee Garden has one of the five pieces of stunning artwork as well as an eel statue. The gardens are used for play, leisure, entertainment and relaxation and you couldn't want for a better location.
The riverside alternates from a vibrant, buzzing atmosphere to a tranquil haven depending on the time of day and season. However, the many restaurants and cafes ensure that you will always be fed and watered. We are blessed with a wide range of refreshments to suit all tastes and pockets and one visit will simply not be enough!