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Ely : Michelin's recommendations


Standing on a rise on the banks of the River Ouse dominating the flatlands of the Fens, Ely was once called Elig or Eel Island because of the abundance of eels in the area. It has been a place of worship since the time of St Etheldreda, a Saxon queen who founded a religious community and built an abbey here in the 7C. The town still retains monastic buildings and some medieval houses. In the 17C, Ely was the home of a famous citizen: Oliver Cromwell.

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Tourist attractions Ely : Things to see and do

  • Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    The College GB - Ely CB7 4DL

    The lovely romanesque nave and transept cannot prepare the visitor for the surprise awaiting them: the splendid Decorated gothic apse, the fabulous Chapel of the Virgin Mary and a 14C masterpiece, the octagon. The cathedral was begun in 1083; in 1250..

  • Oliver Cromwell's House Interesting

    29 St. Mary's Street GB - Ely CB7 4HF

    The history of this former dwelling (13C) and its most famous tenant is told in detail through commentaries, films and pictures. Only the kitchen, bedroom and office are still furnished, yet the atmosphere of a bygone age is superbly recreated. Colle..

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Restaurants Ely

  • Dining Room Restaurant within a Michelin recommended hotel (or restaurant) 

    St Mary's Street GB - CB7 4EY Ely

  • Merry Monk Quite comfortable restaurant 

    30 West St GB - CB7 5SB Isleham

    Originally 17C cottages, with time spent as a pub, this is now a quirky, rustic restaurant with beamed ceilings and farmhouse kitchen style décor. Hearty, flavoursome dishes use local produce and are given a personal twist by the chef.

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