Ely

narrowboat holiday ely

narrowboat holiday ely

Well known for its antique centres, ancient narrow streets, timbered houses and medieval gateways. The attractive waterfront is a focal point for walkers, cyclists and boating.

Ely Catherdral - Wikipedia Cr-Soloist

Ely Catherdral – Wikipedia Cr-Soloist

Attractions

Ely Cathedral

The city’s crowning glory is the cathedral whose famous lantern tower can be seen for miles around. The cathedral is also renowned for its other 14th century addition, the Lady Chapel with its delicate carved stonework. The Stained Glass Window Museum is a hidden treasure within the cathedral with a display of over 100 original stained glass panels.

ely-cathedral-wiki-licencedThe main development of the city originates from the late 11th century when construction of the cathedral commenced. Ely was the stronghold of Hereward the Wake, who used the largest island site in the fens to stage the final Anglo Saxon resistance to the Norman invasion.

oliver cromwells house

oliver cromwells house

It also boasts the birthplace museum of Oliver Cromwell

Activites

Fishing

coarse fishing fens river boating

coarse fishing fens

For both the keen seasoned angler and novice alike, the tradition of taking fish from the waters of the Fens lives on. Excellent fishery dominated by roach and bream, the best catches have tended to be around Ely and Free fishing is permitted on the Ely Ouse River in the town centre.

Walking cycling eating

boat holiday cutter inn ely

cutter inn ely

If you simply want to just step of your boat, there are a couple of restaurant choices right on the main water front.

boat house ely

boat house ely

From a public house with visiting walkers, cyclists, boaters and locals to a restaurant in a converted brewery which was given to the city and has now been restored.

fire engine house ely boating holiday

fire engine house ely

One of our favourites eateries is in a converted fire engine house, where second helpings of the main course is frequently offered, it also doubles as an Art gallery, with paintings always on display.

antique barn ely

antique barn ely

Antiques, antiques and more antiques, with the largest collection in East Anglia found on the waterside front. Stocking up for provisions is less than half a mile away and proves to be a regular shopping point for holiday makers.

For details about the Ely town trail
For details of a pub walk around Ely

Ely Fox Blog Articles

Why You Should Hire a Narrowboat for the Day near Ely (13 Jul 2018) - Do you live in Peterborough, Wisbech, Ely or Huntingdon? Want to get together with some friends and family? Have you thought about hiring a narrowboat, just for a day? A relaxing boat trip on the Cambridge river network could beRead more ›
Are Museums Ever Fun? The Answer Might Surprise You (6 May 2018) - Have you ever had a fun day out discovering English heritage, and visiting places that offer a kind of nostalgic magic? Don’t you just love it when an ancient building triggers your imagination and sends your mind time-travelling off intoRead more ›
Why January is the Best Time to Book Your Hire Boat Holiday (20 Jan 2018) - Following the festive season the month of January can feel like a real downer, as it creeps in with the cold weather and dismally short, dark days. Yet the New Year can also put us in the mood for planningRead more ›
Seven Surprising Differences We Discovered Cruising the Middle Levels (19 Sep 2015) - I used to run a traditional pair of hotel narrowboats, Snipe and Taurus with my husband. We had a lot of routes that were standard fare – we did them regularly, and knew them really well, but every summer weRead more ›
Riverside Dining (10 May 2015) - Grand Central Ely This months riverside dining visit was to Grand Central in Ely on the river Great Ouse.  The restaurant situated in Annesdale was once the boathouse for Fenland boatbuilding company Appleyard and Lincoln. This is where our companyRead more ›