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Free Cathedral Entry

We charge an admission fee to help support the upkeep and maintenance of this magnificent building, which enables us to continue its long tradition of daily worship and music.

We highly value the contribution of the local community and other supporters of the Cathedral so we have created some exceptions to paying an entry fee within the following categories:

Children Under 16 - When accompanied by parent / carer.

Students - Students in full time education in Cambridgeshire.

Carers - When accompanying an adult with additional needs, paying a standard fee.

Local Residents* - Anyone resident in CB6 or CB7 postcode is entitled to free entry. Please bring valid proof of address (household bill / driving licence).

Parish Pass Holders** - Entry with membership card. (Issued through local parishes within the Diocese of Ely).

Members of The Order of St. Etheldreda - Entry with membership card.

Friends of Ely Cathedral - Entry with membership card.

Please note:

  • There is no need to pre-book if you are coming to the Cathedral within the Free Entry criteria (above). Please bring proof of ID or membership cards with you.
  • Free Entry criteria or passes are not valid for concerts, events or as part of any combined tour ticket such as Tower Tours & Specialist Tours. These all require advanced booking and full payment.

*If you already hold a residents pass and it expires, there’s no longer a need to renew it – proof of address on arrival is all that is required.

**Your Parish pass no longer has an expiry date so remains valid indefinitely. New applications should be made through your local churchwarden.