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Ely Cathedral


An evening in the Cathedral away from the crowds is a unique experience. The combination of majestic architecture, sensitive lighting, sound and music, produces a unique occasion in an unforgettable location.

The Cathedral provides an excellent venue for both businesses and the voluntary sector to entertain their clients. The Cathedral really comes into it's own by offering tailor-made events to suit all requirements and we would be delighted to design a programme to suit your needs. We have a specialist team with experience in corporate hospitality and event management in both the commercial and private sectors. Please call us to see what we can offer you on 01353 660350.

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Music Tours and Concerts

Let the story of Ely come alive in a private evening tour of the Cathedral accompanied by the music from the Cathedral Choir, or arrange a private concert as part of a reception or exhibition. The programme can be tailored to suit the theme of your conference or event.

The Nave

Possibly the largest venue in East Anglia, the awe inspiring Nave at Ely took twenty years to build and was completed in 1130. The same length as Ely High Street, it is the fourth longest Nave in any UK Cathedral. The Romanesque archways lead the eye up to the beautiful painted ceiling and towards the world famous Octagon Tower. This unique venue offers both beauty and atmosphere whether you are considering a candlelit dinner, a business reception for 1000 or a conference for 1500, the Nave offers a space unlike any other which will astonish your guests. Capacity: Standing Reception up to 2,000, Dinner up to 800, Theatre style 1,000, (plus 230 in the transepts).

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The Cathedral Choir

Ely Cathedral is proud of its music tradition which has been part of its life since its foundation. The Cathedral has a renowned and versatile Choir, offering the exclusive privilege of a private concert or evening Music Tour of the Cathedral or entertainment at a presentation or reception. If you would like to enquire further about using the Cathedral Choir for a private function please contact 01353 660350.

The Lady Chapel

The largest attached to any English Cathedral, and renowned for its beauty and superb acoustics this richly decorated 14th Century Chapel offers an inspiring venue. It is ideal for a private concert, reception, presentation or exhibition. Very few places in the world can offer you a private space such as this. Capacity: Up to 250 seated, 400 standing.

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Almonry Restaurant

Combine an evening tour of the Cathedral with supper in the Almonry where hospitality has been offered since medieval times. Today the tradition is continued at this thriving restaurant, where food of the highest quality is served, using fresh local produce. The restaurant is situated within the Cathedral grounds in the Almonry's 12th Century vaulted undercroft. Smaller groups may prefer the privacy and elegance of the Blue Room. Capacity: Undercroft 80 (in two areas: larger 60, smaller 20; Blue Room 20.

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