About Ely

Ely is situated beside the River Ouse about 15 miles north of Cambridge. It is a ‘City’ but this title comes courtesy of it’s most famous landmark Cathedral often known as the ‘Ship of The Fens’ due to it’s ship-like appearance sailing over the surrounding flat countryside and visible from virtually all directions on the approach to Ely. The Abbey was founded in AD673 but was destroyed in AD870 by the Danes, to be rebuilt in AD970. The Cathedral as we now see it was begun in 1083.


Ely's had a growth spurt in terms of population in the last 10 years, now with a population of around 15,000. This has attracted a good selection of supermarkets with Tesco, Sainsburys, Waitrose and Aldi being represented. Schooling in Ely is provided by the Kings School , Acremont House primary (private, fee paying) and the Downham Road Community College with primary schools around feeding into it.


The mainline railway has trains direct to many parts of the country including Leicester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool as well as London Kings Cross in just over the hour. Cambridge can be reached in about 15 minutes. Services also run to Norwich, Peterborough, Bury St Edmunds and Kings Lynn.


There are weekly general markets (Thursday), craft markets (Saturday) which combine with Farmer’s markets fortnightly. The shopping centre has a selection of national chains (Fatface, Costa Coffee, Bon Marche, W H Smith) with a sprinkling of local independents (Allgoods Deli, Bent & Cornwall butchers, Edis’s pork butchers – fantastic sausages!)

Sports & Leisure

The Paradise Centre has a gym, sports hall, swimming pool attached and playing field. The Atrium private gym and pool is nearby.

The riverside area has pleasant walks, a marina and access to the Jubilee Gardens.

A newentertainment complex featuring Cineworld is currently under construction adjacent to the Unwin Sports Ground - home to Ely City Football Club ( The Robins) - and the OnPar driving range.

Staying Over

Ely now boasts two Hotels – The Lamb and recently opened boutique hotel Poets House. There are several bed & breakfast houses.

If you intend visiting Ely to hunt for a new home, call us and we’ll give you some numbers to call.

Eating out

There are several pubs and a real ale venue in Forehill. Ely can cater for those appreciating Indian, Thai or Chinese food plus pizza and Italian style cuisine at Pizza Express, Prezzo and Wildwood. Famous for traditional English fare is our favourite for staff Christmas dinner, The Old Fire Engine House. The Almonry at the edge of the Cathedral grounds is superb for lunch and afternoon teas as is Peacocks Tea Rooms and B & B within a stones throw of the river. The Maltings is a venue for weddings and entertainment with a pop up Cinema. The Brasserie is now open as Ta Bouche and is a restaurant, cocktail bar and cafe’.


To indulge your search for all things cultural, historic and gastronomic in Ely, we recommend a visit to Ely website.

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