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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. 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.

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

Friends of Ely Cathedral - Entry with membership card.

Parish Pass Holders
Any member of a Parish within the Diocese of Ely is entitled to a Parish Pass to gain entry into Ely Cathedral. Entry is with a membership card. Please see below for further information.
Existing Parish Pass Holders
- Your Parish Pass no longer has an expiry date so remains valid indefinitely. Please bring your pass with you when visiting the Cathedral.
New Parish Pass Applications - Please complete the application form below and get it signed by your local Church Warden, Vicar, Rector or an official within your parish. Please bring the completed and signed form into the Cathedral during opening hours, and our Visitor Services Team will issue you with a Parish Pass.

Ely Cathedral Parish Pass application form


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, our Monastic Tour & Tea or Discovery Tour & Lunch. These all require advanced booking and full payment. If pass holders wish to book a Tower Tour or Ground Floor Tour, we recommend that you contact our team at Box Office about booking options, as you will need to book ahead. Thank you.