Ely Cathedral, with its unique 14th-century octagonal lantern tower, is counted among the marvels of the medieval world. Much of the cathedral is over 900 years old and it offers a rich architectural history, including the sumptuous 13th-century quire and beautiful 14th-century Lady Chapel.
Around the cathedral itself you can explore attractive parkland and one of the largest collections of medieval monastery buildings still in daily use. It is easy to spend a whole day, and longer, visiting the cathedral, and also the city of Ely with its attractive riverside and other tourist attractions.
Everyone is welcome at Ely Cathedral, as you enter through the great West Doors, you’re invited to enjoy the view of England’s third-longest cathedral. This is free to enter, and gives access to the cathedral’s refectory cafe and shop free of charge.
You’re also invited to pause to light a candle or use St Catherine’s Chapel for private prayer.