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Ely Cathedral


The West Tower

At 215 feet (65.5m) high, the West Tower of Ely Cathedral (dating from the 13th and 14th centuries) dominates the Fenland landscape for miles around. Whether or not it is, as claimed, possible to see the tower from almost every church in the diocese, the view from the top is well worth the climb.

Guided tours of the West Tower are offered daily subject to guide availability.

Tower tours do not take place on Good Friday.

West Tower Tour Times

Monday - Saturday

10.30am, 11.45am, 1.15pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm
12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm


Monday - Saturday

£8, Concessions £6.50 (+ £6.50 with Cathedral admission charge)

The maximum number of people per tour is 14. Children must be ten years old or over.
A reasonable level of fitness is required to tackle the 288 steps to the top.
Tours are subject to weather and light conditions and cannot take place in wet weather.
Tours may also not take place if there is a special service or event in the Cathedral.
Please check before your visit. Cathedral West Door Desk: 01353 660344 or email

Please read our safety notes before booking a tour.

The Octagon

Please note that until further notice, tours of the Octagon Tower are not possible due to the Restoration work taking place on the North Transept.

Although not the tallest of Ely's towers, the Octagon crowned by its Lantern Tower in wood, lead and glass is rightly considered the jewel in the Cathedral crown. Built in the 1320s in the wake of the collapse of the Norman tower, it is a masterpiece of medieval engineering and a continuing delight to the eye.

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On the Octagon Tower Enlarge

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Inside the Octagon Vault Enlarge