Ely Cathedral dwarfs everything around it and has done since work started on the structure in the 11th century under the leadership of Abbot Simeon. Although Ely monastery was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1539, it faired better than others during that period of history. However, enough damage was sustained both then and over the following years to warrant a major restoration of the structure in the 18th century, although the building wasn’t fully restored to its original glory until 1839.
Today, visitors can still enjoy the grand architecture and interiors of this vast cathedral, including the famous Octagon Tower, considered to be a medieval wonder and a masterpiece of engineering. Visitors can learn more about the cathedral by taking one of the guided tours around the building, or else enjoying a range of exhibitions and events that take place throughout the year.
Ely Cathedral, Chapter House, The College, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4DL
Tel: 01353 667 735