Special Interest Tour - Victorian Restoration
9 June 2023
21 April & 9 June, 11.30am
Visit Ely Cathedral 150 years ago - The major restoration programme and reorganisation of the building is virtually complete!
Begun by Dean George Peacock when he was installed as Dean in 1839 and facilitated by the architect George Gilbert Scott from the time of his appointment in 1847, Ely’s is the most comprehensive restoration of any British Cathedral attempted to date. The building was re-imagined from top to bottom, inside and out in an effort to repair the damage wrought by the Reformation and remove centuries of accretion that obscured a medieval masterpiece.
The tour is intended to be a kind of time travel back to 1871 in order to appreciate the Cathedral as it would have appeared to a visitor at that date. The guide will walk the modern visitor through the building highlighting the Victorian restoration and bringing to life the personalities of the 19th century individuals like the Dean, the clergy, the architect, the painters, the carpenters, the metal smiths who all contributed to creating Ely Cathedral as we know it today.
What's included: Admission to Ely Cathedral, an hour and 15 minute guided tour, lunch at the Almonry Restaurant.
Tickets: £25 per person (for up to 10 people with a guide). Tickets must be pre-booked online up to the day before your visit, via the link on this page. This tour is not suitable for children.
Please meet your guide at the west end of the Nave, 5 minutes before your tour is due to start.