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Ely Cathedral

CATHEDRAL TOWER TOURS

The Octagon

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.

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

Octagon Tour Times

Monday - Saturday

Sunday

10.45am, 12noon, 1.15pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm

12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm

Prices

Monday - Saturday
Sunday

£7.50, Concessions £6.50 (+ £6.50 with Cathedral admission charge)
£9.00

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 165 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 visits@elycathedral.org

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.

West Tower Tour Times

Monday - Saturday

Sunday

10.30am, 12.30pm, 1.45pm, 3.00pm

1.00pm, 2.00pm

Prices

Monday - Saturday
Sunday

£7.50, Concessions £6.50 (+ £6.50 with Cathedral admission charge)
£9.00

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 visits@elycathedral.org

Reduction in ticket prices apply if tour tickets purchased alongside Cathedral Admission Ticket.

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On the Octagon Tower Enlarge

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Inside the Octagon Vault Enlarge