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HERITAGE WEEKEND

13 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019

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 13 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 660359.

The Stained Glass Museum - 6.30pm to 8.30pm: Housed in the evocative South Triforium of Ely Cathedral, we are the only museum dedicated to the art of stained glass in the country. View our many stunning stained glass windows, which date from 1200 to the present day. For those wanting to find out more about stained glass and this unique collection, join a guided tour with our Curator at 6.30 pm.
Places for the tours are limited and must be pre-booked. Contact 01353 660347 moc/muesumssalgdeniats//pohs

Saturday 14 September - Open Tours

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 www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk

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 660359.

Ely Cemetery Tours - 11.30a and 2.30pmm: Although Ely Cemetery on Beech Lane is open to the public, as part of this special weekend, the City of Ely Council will be offering guided tours of the Cemetery at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Councillors will be on hand to answer questions and provide historical information about the site and about those who have been laid to rest.
To book a place please call 01353 661047.

Sunday 15 September - Open Houses

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 www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk

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 www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk

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.