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Due to the current guidance on social distancing there will be a limited numbers of spaces available. In order to manage this fairly, and to comply with the government 'Track and Trace' system, worshippers are required to book online.
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Booking is open Monday-Friday for the following Sunday. It will not be possible to book for several consecutive Sundays.

Government guidelines ask that people leave the Cathedral in a socially distanced manner at the end of each service and do not remain for conversation etc. Clergy will be at the doors, but unfortunately this will not be an opportunity for extended social discourse!

It is now a legal requirement that face coverings are worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors.

With this in mind we would like to suggest that worshippers, staff, clergy and all those who are physically involved in the Sunday services at Ely Cathedral, comply with these guidelines. We appreciate that some may have good reason for not being able to do so, and we also stress that wearing a face mask is not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.

The Eucharist will continue to be live streamed on our YouTube channel for those who are particularly vulnerable or unable to attend in person. Full details can be found here.



  • Seats in the Cathedral will be socially distanced in pairs and all bookings will be for a pair of seats.
  • If you book as a couple, make one booking (that will allocate you a pair of seats).
  • If you are booking just for yourself, again book for one, and in the Cathedral you will sit in one seat and have a vacant seat next to you.
  • If you are a family make a booking for the number of pairs of seats you will need.


  • Worshippers for the Sunday services will enter via the West and South doors of the Cathedral.
  • Please remain socially distanced at all times, especially if there is any sort of queue as you enter or leave.
  • Please use the hand sanitiser as you enter and exit the building.
  • Staff and stewards will be on hand to welcome you and to offer help and guidance.

Regular Weekday Services

Monday - Saturday | Morning Prayer followed by a Eucharist is celebrated in the Cathedral at 7.30am and 8am, access via the south door. Evensong resumes at 5.30pm on 7 September. (No booking is currently required for these services as we anticipate numbers will be manageable).

Prayer for the future

Fix thou our steps, O Lord, that we stagger not at the uneven motions of the world, but steadily go on to our glorious home; neither censuring our journey with the uneven weather we meet with, nor turning out of our way for anything which befalls us.
The winds are often rough, and our own weight presses us downwards.
Reach forth, O Lord, thy hand, thy saving hand, and speedily deliver us.
Teach us, O Lord, to use this transitory life as pilgrims returning to their beloved home;
that we may take what our journey requires, and not think of settling in a foreign country.

John Wesley