It costs over £6000 per day to keep Ely Cathedral open. We ask you to help us by paying an admissions charge. Your ticket allows you to return as often as you wish for a whole year.
We will never turn anyone away because they are unable to pay, so please talk to the Admissions Staff at the desk if this is the case.
There is no charge before 9am, after 5pm, on a Sunday, if you are attending a service or have come here specifically to pray.
Admission is free to the Refectory Café and to the Cathedral Shop.
Ely Cathedral Residents Pass - If you are local and live in the CB6 or CB7 postal area you are entitled to a free pass to Ely Cathedral. Passes are issued from the admissions desk inside the Cathedral. Please bring proof of identity and proof of residence. This could be a recent household bill/drivers licence/bank statement in your name, and we will issue you with a Residents Pass which gives you free access to the Cathedral at any time the building is open to the public. The pass is valid for two years and non-transferable.
Ely Cathedral Parish Pass - If you are a regular worshipper at a church within the Diocese of Ely you are entitled to a free pass to Ely Cathedral. Please ask your vicar or parish priest to confirm you are on the electoral role and once the form is completed we can issue you with a Parish Pass. This pass is valid for five years and is non-transferable.
Thank you so much for helping us sustain the life and worship of this magnificent Cathedral, for this and for future generations.
Cathedral Opening Times
|Summer||7am - 6.30pm|
|Winter||7am - 6.30pm (Monday-Saturday), 7am - 5.30pm (Sunday)|
|Sundays||8.15am, 10.30am and 4pm|
|Weekdays||7.30am, 8am, 12.10pm (Thursdays and Saints' Days) and 5.30pm|
Admission Charges - 2016
|Your ticket will allow you to return as often as you wish
for a whole year
|Admission including guided tour *||£8||£6|
|Admission + Octagon or West Tower **||£15||£13|
|Combined Ticket Admission, Ground Floor Tour *
+ Stained Glass Museum
|Octagon Tower or West Tower Sunday Rate as
no admission is charged
|The Total Experience Admission, Ground Floor Tour *,
Stained Glass Museum, Octagon or West Tower Tour **
+ Tea or Coffee in the Refectory Café
|The Refectory Café and Cathedral Shop ONLY||Free||Free|
* The basic admission charge includes a ground floor guided tour at the times when these are scheduled.
** For safety reasons, children under 10 are not allowed to ascend the Octagon or West Towers.
A maximum of 12 persons only are permitted on Octagon or West Tower tours.
Tower tours do not take place on Good Friday.
Admission to the ground floor is free for the under 16s if accompanying their parent(s) or guardian(s). Children entering as a group pay the advertised concession rate(s).
Children between the ages of 10 and 15 are charged £6.50 if they want to go on a tower tour.
What's On at Ely Cathedral
A Day Out at Ely Cathedral
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The basic admission charge includes a ground floor guided tour at the times when these are scheduled.
Guided tours do not take place on Good Friday.
Brass Rubbing - October, November and December.
Available by appointment only, on an 'on call' system, Mondays and Wednesdays 2pm - 4pm. October 24 and 26 (half term), normal service will be available. gro/lardehtacyle//eciffo/xob 01353 660349.
Still photography in Ely Cathedral is free of charge. A charge of £2 is levied for video filming or if a tripod is used.
PLEASE NOTE. Photography and video recording must not be used in the Cathedral during any service.
Visitors with disabilities
Ely Cathedral welcomes disabled visitors.
Wheelchairs are available for use in the Cathedral
We can provide large print and Braille guides.
There is a toilet suitable for disabled visitors in the Processional Way
A loop system operates in the Choir and both the north and south Transepts.
A leaflet designed to help visitors with disabilities to make the most of their visit, is available from the Information Desks.
Visit the Visitors section for detailed information.
Accessibility information is available here.
If a chaplain is not on duty, and you wish to see a priest, have a word with a welcomer, verger or other member of staff who will contact the Canon in Residence.
The Cathedral Shop
The Cathedral Shop offers a wide range of guides, souvenirs, gifts, classical CD's and Cassettes, religious and local books. (A Cathedral admission ticket is not required).
The Old Choir House
The Cathedral Shop in the High Street offers an imaginative selection of beautiful greetings cards, pottery, glassware and jewellery.
The Refectory Café
Situated within the Cathedral, the Refectory Café provides a welcome stop for refreshments. Admission to The Refectory is free at all times. (A Cathedral admission ticket is not required).
Situated in the grounds of the Cathedral, the The Almonry in the 12th century vaulted undercroft provide coffees, teas and lunches all year round. Garden seating in summer. We also offer an evening menu every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6.30pm. Group Bookings for lunch or for coffee and teas and Evening reservations may be made by contacting +44 (0)1353 666360.
The Stained Glass Museum
The Stained Glass Museum offers an insight into the history and techniques of stained glass. Experience over 800 years of Bristish Stained Glass. You will learn the secrets of this ancient craft and glimpse its role in the unfolding story of British history. (An admission ticket is required).
For additional information please contact
Telephone: +44 (0)1353 667735
Fax: +44 (0)1353 665658
Where to stay in Ely
Click here for information on accommodation nearby Ely Cathedral.
Travelling to Ely Cathedral
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Plan of Ely Cathedral and Grounds Enlarge
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The Choir from the Octagon Enlarge
The South Choir Aisle Enlarge
The High Altar Marble Reredos Enlarge
The Nave Roof Enlarge