Oliver Cromwell's House
Oliver Cromwell's House
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  • apophisguard
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom2,063 contributions
    A very disappointing visit.
    Oliver Cromwell's House nestled close to Ely cathedral. We stopped by here on our way to Norfolk, so being very interested in history, I was looking forward to this visit. Now, bearing in mind that this was Easter weekend, Ely was insanely busy! So, we had to park on a supermarket car park. This meant that we only had two hours to visit Ely. By the time we had walked to the house, we had lost a fair bit of time, (it wasn't very well signposted in town and we had to ask some locals), Most of which just gave us a blank look or didn't speak English...ahem! The house itself is now used as the local Tourist Information Office, so there was one room lost. The first part of the visit is spent in the next room showing a film about the times of Cromwell, which was pretty good. Then you proceed to walk around the house. A couple of rooms are decorated as they would have been back in the day, but unfortunately most of the house is given over to kids activities or meeting rooms. There was a bedroom, that is touted as a "haunted" room. It's kept very dark and there is a recorded story, everyone was expecting a jump scare from the mannequin in the bed, but alas - no such luck! So much more could have been made of this house, maybe have some costumed volunteers pretending to be Cromwell or his family etc, giving their side of the times? Also the visit wasn't helped by the place being overcrowded. So we left feeling very disappointed with our visit, and wishing we'd gone to Ely cathedral instead.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • lde457
    220 contributions
    Quiet when we came
    It was very quiet when we came, which was great as I wouldn't want to come when it's busy! The exhibition in the house is really excellent, and there are some hands-on things which are great for kids (and others). The only thing I found slightly disappointing was how much of the house has been modernised (stairs etc.), but on the other hand I do realise why it is like this. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Paul Karen
    Belfast, United Kingdom14 contributions
    Well worth a visit!
    We really enjoyed our visit. Each person had their own handheld audio guide so you could go through the house at your own pace. The main information was given and there were also opportunities to listen to more detail on the audio guide if you so wished. At £6.50 per adult we thought it was reasonably priced. If in Ely I would definitely recommend you pay a visit here.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Thomas M
    Offenbach, Germany6,656 contributions
    Interesting Small Museum: Visit if in Town
    Oliver Cromwell's House in Ely is the only surviving home of the British "Lord Protector", he lived in it for ten years (1643-1653). It is a small museum which aims to recreate how Cromwell lived during this time, and does a pretty good job of it. This isn't a huge place, so it will not occupy visitors for much more than an hour. The audio guide you get at the front desk (UKP 6.50 for an adult ticket) is very helpful, make sure to use it. As you walk through the rooms you'll get a nice sense of the place and the history behind it, though the means of "immersion" and "interactivity" are very limited indeed. Most of the time you'll be listening to the audio guide or reading the info posters on the walls. A brief video at the start will give you some info on the man's life. Worth a visit if you're in Ely anyway (the marvellous Ely Cathedral) is just a short walk away). Also, make sure to have a quick look at Cromwell's community church, St. Mary', right next door.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 27 August 2023
  • PAUL B
    35 contributions
    Learned A Lot
    A generally well set out and extremely interesting house. Loads of new information about Cromwell and life at the time. Some display boards are tucked into awkward areas and the choice of some of the print colour on posters makes them hard to read. The audio guide is excellent.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
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Nov 2023 • Friends
Excellent experience- well thought out clues and activities. Well worth a visit - we thoroughly enjoyed it.
Written 21 November 2023
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Sue R
Stoke-on-Trent, UK39 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Interesting place, small but well preserved.
Good write ups on the walls and a handset that gives additional information.
Some activities for kids also.
Takes no more than 1 hour and good value for money.
Written 31 October 2023
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mjg3927
London, UK30 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Learnt so much from this small but very informative museum. Had always thought of Oliver Cromwell in a slightly negative light but didn't really know much about him and the exhibition definitely makes you think about his motives and actions, giving both sides of opinion and encouraging the visitor to decide for themselves. Lots of things for children too if you were going as a family.
Written 28 October 2023
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Pamela J
Benfleet, UK114 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Really enjoyed our visit to the Oliver Cromwell house. It was very interesting and informative. Well laid out and lots of displays to look at. Also a lot of interactive things for children with some costumes available for dressing up. Would definitely recommend to anyone in the area. It took us about an hour to walk round. There is also a small gift shop,
Written 25 October 2023
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PAUL B
35 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
A generally well set out and extremely interesting house. Loads of new information about Cromwell and life at the time.
Some display boards are tucked into awkward areas and the choice of some of the print colour on posters makes them hard to read. The audio guide is excellent.
Written 3 October 2023
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Compass23022520472
6 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
We knew little about Cromwell, so this was an enlightening visit. Great audio tour. Excellent exhibits.
Written 14 September 2023
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tomWrexham
wrexham38 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
A really lovely old house, very historic al being linked to Oliver Cromwell and his family. Plenty to see and do and a really well stocked shop to buy your souvenirs
Written 29 August 2023
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Thomas M
Offenbach, Germany6,656 contributions
Aug 2023
Oliver Cromwell's House in Ely is the only surviving home of the British "Lord Protector", he lived in it for ten years (1643-1653). It is a small museum which aims to recreate how Cromwell lived during this time, and does a pretty good job of it. This isn't a huge place, so it will not occupy visitors for much more than an hour. The audio guide you get at the front desk (UKP 6.50 for an adult ticket) is very helpful, make sure to use it. As you walk through the rooms you'll get a nice sense of the place and the history behind it, though the means of "immersion" and "interactivity" are very limited indeed. Most of the time you'll be listening to the audio guide or reading the info posters on the walls. A brief video at the start will give you some info on the man's life. Worth a visit if you're in Ely anyway (the marvellous Ely Cathedral) is just a short walk away). Also, make sure to have a quick look at Cromwell's community church, St. Mary', right next door.
Written 28 August 2023
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Paul Karen
Belfast, UK14 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We really enjoyed our visit. Each person had their own handheld audio guide so you could go through the house at your own pace. The main information was given and there were also opportunities to listen to more detail on the audio guide if you so wished. At £6.50 per adult we thought it was reasonably priced. If in Ely I would definitely recommend you pay a visit here.
Written 24 August 2023
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lde457
220 contributions
Aug 2023
It was very quiet when we came, which was great as I wouldn't want to come when it's busy! The exhibition in the house is really excellent, and there are some hands-on things which are great for kids (and others). The only thing I found slightly disappointing was how much of the house has been modernised (stairs etc.), but on the other hand I do realise why it is like this. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 7 August 2023
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