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Ely

Oliver Cromwell's house
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The second smallest city in England, Ely was officially founded in 673. Once surrounded by marshes, it is still dominated by its huge cathedral, which is also known as "the ship of the Fens".
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As well as the Cathedral, the city has many historical attractions including Oliver Cromwell's House, Ely Museum and the Stained Glass Museum. The market square and the High Street boast a variety of shops and the waterside area is a beautiful location to hire a boat, walk along the river or enjoy a relaxing drink.

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The Cathedral The Cathedral - From far away, the huge Cathedral seems to loom out of the mists. It was founded by St Etheldreda, a Saxon princess born near Newmarket.
Stained Glass Stained Glass - The Cathedral boasts a number of magnificent stained glass windows and also houses the only stained glass museum in the country.
Sacrists gate Sacrist's Gate - or tradesman's entrance was built in 1325. The Sacrist to the Abbey took care of the maintenance of the buildings.
Market Square Market Square - Ely has a general market every Thursday and a Craft and Collectables market every Saturday. There are also fortnightly farmers' markets.
High Street High Street - offers a variety of shops, tea rooms and pretty pubs to explore. Further towards the river you can find a number of interesting antiques shops.
Waterside Waterside - The River Great Ouse runs through Ely and is a beautiful place for mooring your boat, taking a walk, having a drink or feeding the ducks.
The Maltings The Maltings - the town hall was used for malting barley in 1868. Situated on the river front, it's now used as a cinema, theatre, restaurant and bar.
Oliver Cromwell House Oliver Cromwell's House - Once the home of Oliver Cromwell, this beautiful house is now a tourist attraction with eight period rooms, exhibitions and videos.
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