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Free Cathedral Entry

Like many other cathedrals, we charge a visitor fee to help support the upkeep and maintenance of this magnificent building, and to continue its long tradition of daily worship and music.

We offer free ground floor access to the following:

Local Residents in CB6 or CB7 postcodes - with proof of address (eg. a driving licence or household bill).

Cambridgeshire Students - in full time further or higher education in a Cambridgeshire school, college or university, with valid student ID.

Friends of Ely Cathedral and Members of The Order of St Etheldreda - with membership card.

Parish Pass Holders - for those on the electoral roll of churches in the Ely Diocese, with valid pass. To apply for a pass, please use the link below to download the application form. Please note: expired passes are still valid for entry. There is no need to re-apply.

Ely Cathedral and Monastic Buildings from above

Ely Cathedral Parish Pass application form


Please note:
Free entry only applies to visitor tickets, and usual charges apply for concerts, events and tours (including Tower Tours, Monastic Tours and Special Interest Tours).

If you qualify for free entry and wish to pay for a tour, please contact us at Box Office prior to your visit. It is not possible to book free visitor tickets online.