This summer has certainly been an interesting one. As if the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 restrictions wasn’t enough, the issues with the weather have made a lot of the past few weeks not seem like summer at all. Well, if you are looking to hold onto the last few moments of summer 2021 that we have, you don’t have to look any further than Ely to do it.

This Cambridgeshire town is absolutely draped in history as it was conquered using ditches and pumps powered by wind. It is also famous for its eels (the origin of the name) as it is one of the local staples. So, with there being so much history here, what are the best things to do in Ely? Keep reading to find out.

Ely Cathedral

The décor of this cathedral truly is something to be marvelled at as it combines a delectable blend of both Romanesque and Decorated Gothic Architecture. Construction here began in 1080, but then wasn’t actually finished until the end of the 14th Century, which is about 300 years later.

One of the crowning features of the cathedral is the Octagon, which is a hollow and decorated gothic tower that is breath-taking. What a lot of people don’t know though is that this feature was created out of tragedy. Initially, in 1322, whilst the Lady Chapel was being built, the Norman central crossing tower collapsed, and so this was erected in its place.

Regardless of your religious beliefs or your overall interests, there is no getting around the fact that the Ely Cathedral is one for the bucket list.

Explore Some of the Local Pubs

Of course, there is a lot of history in Ely, but it only makes sense you should enjoy a drink whilst exploring. You can do this in one of the variety of pubs there is on offer. You can really find something for everyone in the pubs as not only will you have access to a smattering of food and drink but there is a huge variety of entertainment, too. Whether you enjoy music, comedy or even gambling (if you take to online casinos for real money, then there are a tonne of fun fruit machines and virtual games), you really are going to struggle to run out of things to do.

Visit Oliver Cromwell’s House

Oliver Cromwell was one of the defining figures of English history and he lived in Ely from 1638 to 1646. He came to Ely after inheriting his house, which was called St Mary’s Vicarage. Aside from that of Hampton Court Palace, this is the only house that Oliver Cromwell resided in that is still standing.

The house stretches back through all the way to 1215. It was bought by the council in 1988 before being restored to how it would have looked back when Oliver Cromwell resided there. Not only can you look around but there is also the option to have an audio-tour which brings those times back to life as you pass through.


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