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Ely Cathedral


Access to the Cathedral

Access to the CathedralWest Door

The West Door entrance can be accessed by ramps. Please note. Public entry is normally made via a wicker door. For entry with wheelchairs please ask a member of staff to provide the portable ramp for the threshold.

South EntranceSouth Entrance

The South Door entrance is ramp-free and is the recommended access for entry with wheelchairs.

From the south and west entrances there is direct access to the Cathedral floor. Wheelchair users can access all parts of the Cathedral floor. All areas are either flat or ramped, including the Lady Chapel, the Cathedral shop and Refectory café.


Accessible toilets are in the Processional Way between the north choir aisle and the Lady Chapel.


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 wheelchairs users and carers' entrance is free.

Temporary Ramp availableThe Priors Door (temporary ramp)

A temporary ramp is available for wheelchair users to gain acces to the Priors Door enclosure. Please ask a member of staff for assistance.

Access to the Towers

Access to the Octagon Tower (165 steps), and West Tower (288 steps) is via stair only. We recommend that those with pre-existing medical conditions, mobility difficulties or concerns with heights and confined spaces do not attempt this climb.

Induction LoopInduction Loop

The Cathedral is equipped with a hearing loop systems that cover the Choir, South and North Transepts and the Lady Chapel. These are used at all services. Additionally a limited number of personal neck loops giving coverage in the Octagon and Nave seating areas are available on loan for a small security deposit. Please ask a member of staff for assistance.


There is a limited amount of disabled parking space within the Cathedral grounds. All enquiries should be made well in advance to the Visits department on 01353 660344. For information on disabled parking in Ely near to the Cathedral please view our Parking map.

Guide DogsGuide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Assistance Dogs

Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Assistance Dogs are welcome in the Cathedral at all times. Water for dogs is available.


To arrange wheelchair access for services, please telephone 01353 660342.

If you have a question or comment about access, please call the Admissions department on 01353 660344 (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) or email gro/lardehtacyle//stisiv
Outside of these hours Monday-Sunday please contact the Vergers department on 01353 660342 or 01353 660303.

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Plan of Ely Cathedral and Grounds Enlarge