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Ely is a cathedral city in Cambridgeshire, 14 miles north of Cambridge and about 80 miles by road from London.
The economy of the region is mainly agricultural. Before the fens were drained, the harvesting of osier (willow) and sedge (rush) and the extraction of peat were important activities, as were eel fishing—from which the settlement's name may have been derived.

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Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral
Highly regarded by historians and architects from all over the world for its beauty and size, Ely Cathedral is the only UK building to be listed as one of the “Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages” Visible for miles around, the Cathedral is often referred to as “The Ship of the Fens”. The city of Ely may be small in comparison to other cities but its Cathedral is a magnificent structure with a history dating back over 1300 years.

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Ely Museum

Ely Museum

Museum in restored 13th-century gaol covering Ely and The Fens from pre-history to the 20th century. Displays include original prison cells, fossils that can be touched, Roman remains and an archive film of the Fens including punt guns and eel catching.

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Oliver Cromwells House

Oliver Cromwell's House
This was the family home of Oliver Cromwell. The kitchen dates from around 1215, other parts being built later. In 1988, it was bought by the local council, and has been refurbished to show how it may have looked during Cromwell's lifetime. The house, which has eight period rooms, is promoted by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

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Jubilee Gardens

Jubilee Gardens
Ely's Jubilee Gardens lie between the River Great Ouse and Broad Street, providing a "green link" from the river via The Park, up to the Porta and Ely Cathedral. The Gardens were opened by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh on 11 February 2002 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee year of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

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Stained Glass Museum

Stained Glass Museum
The Stained Glass Museum is located in Ely Cathedral. It is accessed by a stone spiral staircase (40 stairs).For those unable to access the museum a touch screen virtual visit is available on the ground floor. Joint tickets for admission into both the Cathedral and Stained Glass Museum are available to purchase from the ground floor Cathedral admission desks.