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Information for Visitors

This building has been welcoming visitors and pilgrims for hundreds of years within the ancient tradition of Benedictine hospitality.

On these pages, you will find everything you need to know to prepare for your visit to Ely Cathedral, including information about the location, access, visitor wellbeing and things to see and do while you are here.

As you enter through the great West Doors, we invite you to enjoy the fantastic view of England's third longest Cathedral. If you wish to experience more of the Cathedral, or embark on one of the guided ground floor or tower tours, you will need to buy a ticket which should be purchased in advance. Further information can be found on the Visitor Tickets & Tours pages.

Visitor Services Assistants and volunteers will be on hand to welcome you, answer any questions and make sure your visit is memorable and fulfilling.

We are a Tripadvisor 'Travellers’ Choice Award Winner' for 2022!
This means we are in the top 10% of attractions worldwide! We earned positive reviews and ratings over the past challenging year and stood out by providing great service and experiences to our visitors.

I visited Ely for the first time and I can see why everyone raves about it' — Grabiella Wilde - Journalist

Around the Cathedral you can explore the attractive parkland and gardens including one of the largest collections of medieval monastery buildings still in daily use. The Cathedral also has two Shops and an excellent local restaurant, The Almonry.

It is easy to spend a whole day, and longer, visiting the cathedral and the city of Ely with its attractive riverside, shops, tearooms and other attractions including Oliver Cromwell's House and Ely Museum.