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Ely Cathedral


Due to the current national lockdown, Ely Cathedral is temporarily closed to visitors.

We pride ourselves on offering a warm welcome to all visitors of this magnificent building whether your interest is religious, historical, architectural or simply to explore and experience this wonderful place.

Usual Opening Hours

Monday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)
Sunday: 1pm - 3.30pm (last entry 3.30pm)

All visitor ticket must be purchased in advance.

Advanced booking is essential


For individuals and family groups




Cathedral and Tower Tour


Cathedral and Stained Glass Museum


Total Experience (Cathedral, Tower Tour,
Stained Glass Museum and free tea/coffee)


Children under 16 are admitted free of charge if visiting with parents/carers, unless part of an organised group.

Students in full time education within Cambridgeshire are also free to enter, unless part of an organised group.

Student Group bookings can be made by contacting our Groups and Visits Co-ordinator on 01353 660359 or by email: gro/lardehtacyle//stisiv

We have a small number of our own wheelchairs which are available during your visit. Please ask staff at the south door admissions desk. Standard charges apply for wheelchair users and carers' entrance is free.

You can exchange your sightseeing ticket for a free pass for the next 12 months. Ask at one of the Admission Desks before you leave.

There is no charge if you are attending a service, coming to the Cathedral specifically to pray, visiting on a Sunday, or before 9am and after 5pm.

We will never turn anyone away because they are unable or do not wish to pay. Please discuss this with a member of the Admissions team.

Cathedral Pass Holders

Those with Cathedral passes do not need to book tickets online but please have your passes with you when you visit.

Private Prayer and Reflection

There is no charge for those wishing to visit the Cathedral for private prayer. Please notify a member of the team.


Still photography is free of charge. PLEASE NOTE. Photography and video recording must not be used in the Cathedral during any service.

Visitors with disabilities

Ely Cathedral welcomes disabled visitors.
Wheelchairs are available for use in the Cathedral
There is a toilet suitable for disabled visitors in the Processional Way
A loop system operates in the Choir and both the north and south Transepts.
Accessibility information is available here.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome to visit the Cathedral with their owners.

Please note:

  • Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. The Cathedral reserves the right to ask an owner to remove their dog from the Cathedral for behavioural or health and safety reasons.
  • Dogs (other than assistance dogs) are not permitted in the Refectory, on Ground floor tours, or to enter for services, concerts or other major events.
  • No dogs, even assistance dogs, are permitted on Tower tours, due to difficulties of access.