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“Stunning building with the added splendour of a massed choir festival”
Review of Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Ely
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 May 2014

An extraordinary building. We went with friends who live in the town so there was no issue over entry charges, which is an issue with many reviewers. The sheer size of the building, and the complexity that must have been involved in planning and then building it, is mind boggling. The painted roof panels in the nave are a monument to man's ingenuity and imagination, and the stained glass is magnificent. Many memorials to past Bishops and other members of the Cathedral community from the past 1000 years gave a sense of continuity. The Lady Chapel is an extraordinary place, clear glass and an amazing sense of light and space, and a thoroughly horrible and inappropriate modern statue of Mary as a blonde-tressed Anglo Saxon striding forth..

The building also makes concrete a different age of faith. It is ironic that only a few paces away is the house of Oliver Cromwell, who very nearly had the Cathedral demolished by order of Parliament.

The day we went there was a major choir festival with upward of 150 singers taking part, and a full episcopal procession. Very impressive as the rising voices of the choirs filled the space.

Thank Robert C
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

The Ship of the Fens (as it is known), is indeed stately, graceful and stunning. The interior is as beautiful as the exterior and it was wonderful to see the Octagonal Tower from the inside. To those of you complaining about the admission fees - please note these places cost a fortune to maintain and run and, unlike, other countries, they receive no help at all from the government. I was happy to pay the reasonable admission fee to help maintain our rich and glorious history and I hope it will still be a place in which to wonder and worship for centuries to come.

Thank Ann2shoes1
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

I had always wanted to visit Ely Cathedral. I was not disappointed. The octagonal lantern tower in the middle is a masterpiece. Lovely peaceful building. Will have to return again as we only had a couple of hours to visit and get lunch so could only have a wander round the main Cathedral building and not go on one of the tours to the high parts in the towers. The refectory is very small so get in early if you want lunch on a wet day. Looks like they have tables out on the green if the weather is fine so it would be far less crowded than on our visit.

Thank Gerry L
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Ely is a truly magnificent building, but it will cost you dearly if you wish to see it all.

You can enter, yes, but only a small area is accessible. The main areas require the purchase of a general admission ticket which, (including a ground floor tour), was £8. If you wish to take in the tour of the tower and stained glass museum you can get it all together for the princely sum of £18. I thought the fact they herded visitors directly into the gift shop upon exiting the tour was a little too obvious, and not in the best of tastes.

The refectory cafe and shop are free entry so I suppose we should be grateful for that ;-)

Opening times are 7:00 am to 6:30 pm and the website states there is no charge before 9:00 am, after 5:00 pm, on a Sunday or if attending a service. If ever in the area again I intend to test that information for validity because, as it stands now, I think the fees asked are way too high and simply not worth the money.

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Reviewed 6 May 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Ely Cathedral. The building impresses just by its presence, and to know people have prayed here for more that 1000 years, well, that makes it a special place to me. Our very knowledgeable tour guide made our experience of Ely Cathedral even richer. Thank You!

Thank Mark G
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