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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.
Tourist attractions Ely : Things to see and do
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..
29 st. St Mary
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..
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.
St Mary's St GB - CB7 4EY Ely
Pretty hotel dining room which blends original features with contemporary décor. Ambitious modern dishes are attractively presented and full of flavour; there are plenty of vegetarian options too. Some tables have cathedral views.