For an awe-inspiring day out near the hotel, you must see Ely Cathedral.
With its unique 14th century octagonal lantern tower, Ely Cathedral is considered a medieval masterpiece. At this remarkable site you can climb the towers, drink-in the magnificent views, immerse yourself in history, and learn about the traditional craft of stained glass making.
So whether you’re interested in architecture, history, religion or simply spectacular views, there’s something for everyone at Ely Cathedral.
Ely Cathedrals Stained Glass Museum
While visiting the Cathedral take advantage of a rare opportunity to see historic stained glass up close at Ely’s Stained Glass Museum.
Learn about the history and techniques of this ancient craft, while wandering through and admiring beautiful examples of stained glass from over 8 different centuries.
The Towers of Ely Cathedral
There are two towers to climb and explore at Ely Cathedral, and you can enjoy guided tours of each.
The medieval Octagonal Tower is extraordinary and rich in architectural history. Climb the 170 steps up this astounding structure, which is suspended high over the centre of the Cathedral.
The taller of the two is the West Tower, which offers outstanding views across Ely and the East Anglian countryside. Wind your way round the 288 steps, while the tour guide leads you through the remarkable history of this cathedral.
Entry prices for adults are as follows:
- Cathedral – £9
- Cathedral and Tower Tour – £16.50
- Cathedral and Stained Glass Museum – £13.00
- Total Experience (Cathedral, Tower Tour, Stained Glass Museum & free tea/coffee) – £19.50
Concessions are available and children under 16 enter free of charge if visiting with parents.
*Please note opening times and entry fees are subject to change. Please consult Ely Cathedral’s website before travelling.
Restaurant & Cafe at Ely Cathedral
If you’re looking for some light refreshments during your visit, the Refectory Cafe offers a selection of teas, coffees, light lunches and homemade cakes. Or the Almonry Tea Room, which overlooks the gardens, is a great spot for a morning coffee or traditional cream tea.
For a unique culinary experience, why not enjoy lunch in the Almonry Restaurant Located in the 13th century undercroft of the Cathedral, this popular restaurant serves a selection of locally-sourced, home-cooked meals below medieval vaulted ceilings.
Ely Cathedral is generally open from 7.00am to 6.30pm, but closes at 5.30pm on Sundays in winter.
Guided tours are available at regular intervals each day.
The Stained Glass Museum is open 10.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday, and 12.30pm to 4.30pm on Sundays.
For more information
Ely Cathedral, Chapter House
The College, Ely, CB7 4DL (get directions)
How to get to Ely Cathedral
Ely Cathedral is around an hour from the hotel.
Getting to Ely Cathedral from Congham Hall Hotel by car:
- Turn right out of the hotel.
- Turn left onto the A148, and at the roundabout take the first exit onto the A149.
- Continue on the A149 through two more roundabouts, then at the third roundabout take the second exit onto the A10.
- Follow the A10 until you see signposts for Ely Cathedral.