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Opening Hours

Visitor Opening Hours

Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm (last entry 3:00pm)

Changes to Visitor Opening Hours
Very occasionally we may need to close our doors to visitors for a service, event, filming or maintenance; or restrict visitors from certain parts of the Cathedral. We are aware that people travel long distances to visit Ely Cathedral so we try to minimise periods of closure as much as possible.

As soon as we know about a closure the information will be posted below. Please remember to check this page for any last minute changes prior to your visit as some events may have to be arranged at short notice

Sunday 28 November
2pm - 3.30pm:
There will be some restrictions to visitor access due to rehearsals for a service.

Monday 29 November
10am - 4pm:
There may be some restrictions to visitor access in the South Transept due to preparations to decorate the Christmas tree.

Tuesday 30 November
2.30pm - 3.30pm:
Bishop West’s Chapel will be closed to visitors for a service.

Thursday 2 December
10.15 - 11.15am:
Visitor access to the Lady Chapel will be restricted due to a service.
11.50am - 12.45pm:
The Presbytery will be closed to visitors for a service of Holy Communion. All are welcome to join the service.
1pm - 1.30pm:
The Presbytery will be closed to visitors for a rehearsal.

Saturday 4 December
10am - 12.30pm:
There will be restricted visitor access to the Lady Chapel due to children’s Medieval Christmas activities. For more information and tickets, please see: A Medieval Christmas
2pm - 4pm:
The Cathedral will be closed to visitors for a Christingle Service. Last visitor entry will be at 1pm. All are welcome to join the service. Please note: The Stained Glass Museum will remain open as usual.

Monday 6 December

1.30pm - 4pm:
The Cathedral will be closed to visitors for a carol concert. Last visitor entry will be at 12.30pm.

Tuesday 7 December

1pm - 1.30pm:
The Presbytery will be closed to visitors for a rehearsal.

Wednesday 8 December

9.30am - 4pm:
There may be some restrictions on visitor access due to school carol concert rehearsals taking place throughout the day.

Thursday 9 December

11.50am - 12.45pm
: The Presbytery will be closed to visitors for a service of Holy Communion. All are welcome to join the service
1.30pm - 4pm:
The Cathedral will be closed to visitors for a school carol service. Last visitor entry will be at 12.30pm. Please note: the Stained Glass Museum will remain open as usual.

Friday 10 December

10.30am -12.30pm
& 1.30pm - 3.30pm: There may be some restrictions to visitor access to the Lady Chapel due to workshops taking place.

Saturday 11 December

10am - 12 noon:
There may be some restrictions to visitor access to the Lady Chapel due to a workshop.
1.15pm - 4pm:
The Cathedral will be closed to visitors for the Community Christmas Carol Sing Along. Last visitor entry will be 12.15pm. All are welcome to join the Carol Sing Along. Please note: The Stained Glass Museum will remain open as usual.

Monday 13 December
12.30pm - 4pm:
The Cathedral will be closed to visitors for a live streamed Schools’ Christingle Service. Last visitor entry will be at 11.30am.

Tuesday 14 December
2pm - 4pm:
The Cathedral will be closed to visitors for a King’s School carol service. Last visitor entry will be at 1pm. Please note: The Stained Glass Museum and Cathedral shop will remain open as usual.

Wednesday 15 December
9am - 12 noon:
The Cathedral will be closed to visitors for a King’s School carol service.
12 noon - 4pm:
Organ tuning. Please note that organ tuning involves loud and repetitive noise.

Thursday 16 December

10.15am -11.15am:
Visitor access to the Lady Chapel will be restricted due to a service.
10.30am - 11am:
The Presbytery will be closed to visitors for a service.
11am - 11.30am:
There may be some restrictions to visitor access to the Octagon due to a children’s service.
11.50am - 12.45pm:
The Presbytery will be closed to visitors for a service of Holy Communion. All are welcome to join the service.
2pm - 4pm:
The Lady Chapel will be closed to visitors for a service.

Saturday 18 December

2.30pm - 4.30pm:
There will be restricted visitor access to the Lady Chapel due to children’s Medieval Christmas activities. For more information and tickets, please see: A Medieval Christmas

Sunday 19 December

1pm - 3pm:
There will be restricted visitor access to the Lady Chapel due to concert rehearsals

Thursday 23 December

11.50am - 12.45pm:
The Presbytery will be closed to visitors for a service of Holy Communion. All are welcome to join the service.

Friday 24 December

11.30am - 1pm
& 2.30pm - 4pm: There will be restricted visitor access to the Cathedral due to Crib Services taking place at 12 noon and at 3pm. Everyone is very welcome to join the services.

Saturday 25 December

10am - 12 noon:
There will be restricted visitor access to the Cathedral due to the Christmas Day Sung Eucharist at 10.30am. Everyone is very welcome to join the service.

Please note that no tours take place on Friday 24, Saturday 25 or Sunday 26 December.