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Ely Cathedral

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WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON OFFERING A WARM WELCOME TO ALL VISITORS OF THIS MAGNIFICENT BUILDING WHETHER YOUR INTEREST IS RELIGIOUS, HISTORICAL, ARCHITECTURAL OR SIMPLY TO EXPLORE AND EXPERIENCE THIS WONDERFUL PLACE

Ely Cathedral, with its unique 14th century octagonal lantern tower, is counted among the marvels of the medieval world. Much of the cathedral is over 900 years old and it offers a rich architectural history, including the sumptuous 13th Century Quire and beautiful 14th Lady Chapel.

Around the cathedral itself you can explore attractive parkland and one of the largest collections of medieval monastery buildings still in daily use. It is easy to spend a whole day, and longer, visiting the cathedral, and also the city of Ely with its attractive riverside and other tourist attractions.

Everyone is welcome at Ely Cathedral. As you enter through the great West Doors, we invite you to enjoy the view of England's 3rd longest Cathedral. This are is free to enter, and gives access to the Cathedral Refectory Café and Cathedral Shop free of charge. We also invite you to pause to light a candle or use St Catherine's Chapel for private prayer.

If you wish to enter further and look around, we ask you to pay an admission fee which helps us meet the £6000 daily upkeep costs of the building. Your admission ticket includes a free guided tour of the ground floor (subject to availability). For an additional charge, you can join a tour of one of Ely's two magnificent towers, and visit the National Stained Glass Museum, housed within the Cathedral.

Please use the links on the left to help plan your visit. As the Cathedral is a busy, working church, please do check any 'cathedral closures' before you visit.

Safety and Welfare

Please note that for the safety and welfare of all our worshippers and visitors it will not be possible to enter Ely Cathedral with large packages or luggage. Similarly bags, rucksacks or suitcases that would not be classed as hand luggage on aircraft, may not be brought into any service, concert or event.

The Chapter are committed to the safety and security of everyone within the precinct and therefore we reserve the right to search smaller bags before granting access to worshippers and visitors if deemed necessary.

We thank you for your understanding in these matters and we continue to extend a very warm welcome to all who come here.

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