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Things to do in Ely

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Place of worship
“Ely Cathedral truly is a wondrous building. Of special interest are the walking (up lots of stairs though) tours up the two towers!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Premise
“The famed 'ship of the Fens' with its Octagonal nave is one of the country's most spectacular cathedrals. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Café
“Situated by Ely's riverside this award winning tearoom offers a wonderful choice of homemade cakes and gateaux plus other teatime favourites for this traditional English custom. In addition throughout the day there is an excellent selection of coffees, as well as teas, and a selection of freshly prepared light meals.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Home cooked food in a warm and friendly atmosphere as well as a wonderful garden for afternoon tea in the summer months.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Museum
“Visit the actual home of one of England's most remarkable historical figures and discover more about the country's Civil War.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Located on the picturesque riverside in Ely, Babylon Arts is an independent arts development charity run by ADEC (Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire).”
  • 2 locals recommend
Book Store
“This is a wonderful book shop. Huge variety of books, including many first editions and signed copies, all set over 3 floors of beautiful building. Feel free to browse, coffee and tea is provided. Great place to spend an afternoon. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“The Prince Albert has always been known for the high standards of its beer and food in a friendly, comfortable environment. They always have 6 cask ales on offer, three of which are rotated regularly. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cinema
  • 1 local recommends
Home Goods Store
“This is a huge building hosting 3 floors of antiques. Almost impossible to leave without finding something to buy!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Pub
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“This is a must place to visit . The selection of beers and ciders are amazing , they even sell the beers and ciders in 2/3rd pints 1/3 pint , also do paddles with 3 1/3 cups , which is a good way to sample different drinks . ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Traditional Saturday market with unique stalls a little for everyone. Ely has many unique shops as well and chain stores. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Friendly staff, healthy portions and reasonable prices (always busy so ring to book).”
  • 3 locals recommend
Tea Room
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“Extensive selection of tea and coffee, try the Russian coffee. Also excellent avocado toast. LGBTQ friendly.”
  • 1 local recommends
Park
“ Ely Park incorporates Cherry Hill, an ancient castle mound which sadly is no longer in evidence. The park provides a link from the Cathedral and City Centre to the riverfront. (from Visit Ely)”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Art Gallery
“Home cooked food in a warm and friendly atmosphere as well as a wonderful garden for afternoon tea in the summer months.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“The Prince Albert has always been known for the high standards of its beer and food in a friendly, comfortable environment. They always have 6 cask ales on offer, three of which are rotated regularly. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Friendly staff, healthy portions and reasonable prices (always busy so ring to book).”
  • 3 locals recommend
Diner
  • 2 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant

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