Things to see and do - Ely
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Ely Travel guide
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.
Tourist attractions Ely : Things to see and do
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..
29 st. St Mary 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..
St Marys Street GB - Ely CB7 4EY
Situated opposite Ely Cathedral, the Poets House boasts a destination restaurant and a bar, along with free Wi-Fi. This luxurious boutique hotel is located in the heart of the historic city of Ely. The butlers provide a personalised service, by esco..
St Mary's St GB - Ely CB7 4EY
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.