It costs over £6000 per day to keep Ely Cathedral open. We ask you to help us by paying an admissions charge. Your ticket will allow 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.
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
8.15am, 10.30am and 4.00pm
7.30am, 8.00am, 12.10pm (Thursdays and Saints' Days) and 5.30pm
Christmas and the New Year
Adult Admission Charges
Admission including guided tour *
Admission + Octagon Tower **
Admission + West Tower **
Octagon Tower or West Tower
The Total Experience
The Refectory Café & Cathedral Shop ONLY (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.
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 £6.00 if they want to go on a tower tour.
What's On at Ely Cathedral
A Day Out at Ely Cathedral
The basic admission charge includes a ground floor guided tour at the times when these are scheduled.
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 audio guides, 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.
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.
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. .
Situated in the grounds of the Cathedral, the The Almonry Tea Rooms and Restaurant in the 12th century vaulted undercroft provide coffees, teas and lunches all year round.
Garden seating in summer. Group Bookings for lunch or for coffee and teas may be made by contacting +44 (0)1353 666360.
For additional information please contact
Telephone: +44 (0)1353 667735
Fax: +44 (0)1353 665658
Where to stay in Ely
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Travelling to Ely Cathedral
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