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King's Lynn

market town in the county of Norfolk, England


Cambridge (England)

city in Cambridgeshire, England



Ely Cathedral

Founded by St Ethelreda as a monastery church in 673, the present cathedral building was started in the 11th century and upgraded to a separate diocese in 1109. The cathedral has a unique octagonal tower and lantern, completed in 1328 after the collapse of the original Norman tower. Charges for admittance, but you can get a year pass alongside your regular ticket. Enquire inside for a tours up the west tower for fantastic panoramic views.

Wicken Fen

Fenland National Trust nature reserve between Ely and Cambridge. One of the few remaining areas of the region's former marshland, preserved today as a Nature Reserve of international significance

Denny Abbey


city in Cambridgeshire, England

Stained Glass Museum

Oliver Cromwell Museum

Welney Wildfowl Centre

Denny Abbey and Farmland Museum


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Ely is a small, historical cathedral city in Cambridgeshire, England.


By train

Ely station is on a major junction of a number of lines and so it's possible to enter and exit from a large number of directions.

Ely has direct trains to London Kings Cross, Stansted Airport, Ipswich, Norwich, Kings Lynn, Peterborough, and via Peterborough to Birmingham and Liverpool. You can also connect at Peterborough for fast trains to Scotland.

If you want to get to London, then it is quicker to go to London Kings Cross (70 minutes) with the train running non-stop after Cambridge, although tickets to London Liverpool Street station are a bit cheaper. The latter journey will take about 90 minutes via Hertford North (transferring at Cambridge).

Trains depart Ely to both Liverpool Lime Street and London Liverpool Street Station. Be careful as they are 200 miles apart!

By car

Ely is situated on the A10, some 16 miles north of Cambridge, where it is possible to join the M11 for fast access to/from London (72 miles). Nearby roads may be flooded in the winter (typically the A1123 at Earith, and A1101 at Welney). Many of the smaller roads across the Fens have uneven surfaces and unguarded ditches, which lead to a number of fatalities each year.

By bicycle

For the more adventurous it is possible to cycle into Ely from Cambridge . The 16 mile journey follows the river and for an average person takes around an hour and a half, with the majority of the route being a designated cycle path.

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