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We are pleased to announce that from Friday 3 July the Cathedral will be open for individual Private Prayer.
A designated area within the Nave and South West Transept will be open from 11am to 2pm (Wednesday to Saturday).

Please note: The Cathedral currently remains closed for worship, visits and events. The Cathedral Shop, Refectory Café and Stained Glass Museum also remain closed at this time.
If you are feeling unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19, we ask you to follow the guidance and stay at home.

Coming to Ely Cathedral for Private Prayer

Steps we have taken to make your visit safe and welcoming

The wellbeing and safety of everyone who comes to Ely Cathedral including worshippers, visitors, staff and volunteers, are our primary concern at this time.
We are very happy to be in a position to reopen the Cathedral, beginning with those wishing to enter for Private Prayer and Reflection as from Friday 3 July.

One-way system

Entry to the Cathedral will be via the West door. The exit will be via the South door. There will be staff on hand to answer any questions and guide you through the process.

Social Distancing

There will be plenty of signage via the digital screens, notices and markers on the floor, asking you to observe the current guidelines on social distancing.
At all times, please respect other people and maintain a safe distance.


There are several contactless hand sanitiser stations within the Cathedral.
They are there for your protection. We ask you to use them.


If you wish to sit and pray, there will be a few seats available in the Nave and St Catherine's Chapel in the South West Transept.
All seats will be appropriately distanced for your wellbeing and privacy.


All public areas including door handles, surfaces and seating will be regularly cleaned throughout the period the Cathedral is open.

Lighting a candle

If you wish to light a candle there will be candle stands and votive candles at various locations in the Cathedral.

All services will continue to be streamed via the Cathedral's YouTube channel.
Full details can be found here.

You can light a virtual candle here.