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08 Sep 2017 - 10 Sep 2017

The City of Ely is steeped in history and is proud of its strong heritage with the largest collection of monastic buildings in private dwelling in Europe. It is therefore fitting that we join in with the national Heritage weekend celebrations. This provides an excellent opportunity for locals and visitors alike to see many of the City's buildings for free and visit some venues not usually open to the public.


Friday 8 September - Open Night

Ely's visitor attractions are opening their doors, free of charge, so you can experience these atmospheric buildings after hours.

Oliver Cromwell's House - 5pm to 8pm
Visit this impressive historic house at dusk and experience domestic life in the 17th Century in our re-created period rooms. Play with the toys of the times and venture into the Haunted Bedroom if you dare! No pre-booking necessary.

Ely Cathedral - 6.30pm to 8.30pm
One of the most magnificent examples of medieval architecture in Europe, Ely Cathedral is steeped in history, which dates back to the 11th century. The Cathedral will be offering Twilight Tours of either the historical West Tower or the world famous Octagon Tower. Places for the tours are limited to two tickets per person and must be pre-booked at 01353 660349

Ely Museum - 5pm to 8pm
Take this free opportunity to visit our bright, friendly local history museum. Displays include original prison cells, fossils to touch and Roman remains. No pre-booking necessary.

Saturday 9 September - Open Tours

Ely's Architecture Walking Tour - 11.30am
What better way of discovering the wealth of architecture of some of Ely's period, historical buildings during this walk with our informed guide. Departing from Ely Tourist Information Centre at Oliver Cromwell's House. Places must be pre-booked at

Ely Cathedral - West Tower Tour - 10am
Ely Cathedral will be offering a tour of the famous West tour at 10am. At 215ft high, the West Tower offer one of the most spectacular views across Cambridgeshire landscape. Places for the tour are limited to two tickets per person and must be pre-booked at 01353 660349.

Ely Museum - 11am
Let our knowledgeable guide lead you around Ely Museum exploring the fascinating history of The Old Gaol. Discover fascinating local archaeology, learn about the Fenland landscape and spot Oliver Cromwell's signature. Children can pick up one of our 'Explorers' Kits' from the front desk. Places must be pre-booked at

Old Palace - 10am to 4pm, departing every 40 minutes
The splendid Bishop's Palace dating from the 15th century, now owned and managed by King's School Ely, is open for guided tours. Tours will depart from the main entrance hall. Pre-booking advisable. Contact 01353 660700, gro/ylesgnik//illetacsoMadnamE

Sunday 10 September - Open Houses

Silver Street Cottages - 10.30am to 4pm
Chance to visit these medieval cottages dating from the 15th Century and view the 16th century first floor wall paintings. Places must be pre-booked at

Old Porta - Tours, courtsey of Kings Ely will run at 2, 2.30, 3, and 3.30pm
Ely Porta was once the main entrance to Ely monastery and through it passed travellers, pilgrims, royalty and local people selling their wares to the monastery. Today it houses the Kings Ely Library and you can marvel at the architecture of the building and its impressive collection of books. Places must be pre-booked at

The Monastic Barn - Tours, courtsey of Kings Ely will run at 2, 2.30, 3 and 3.30pm
Situated beside Cherry Hill Park the Monastic Barn was built c.1375 in the reign of Edward III for storage of wheat, malt, salted meat and other foodstuffs. Now a magnificent dining hall for Kings Ely with arched doorways and exposed beamed ceiling. Places must be pre-booked at

Prior Crauden's Chapel - 10am to 4pm
Rarely open to the public, don't miss the chance to visit this impressive 14th Century chapel with its wall paintings and medieval tiled floor. Places for the tours are limited. Contact 01353 660359.