Ely is surrounded by some thriving villages detailed below:
Haddenham & Aldreth
EOn the south west side of Ely and about 7 miles distant. Both Haddenham and Aldreth have playgroups plus the Robert Arkenstall Primary School in Haddenham. The Robert Arkenstall centre hosts several groups and societies plus is the home of the famous Haddenham Panto. There is a health centre, pharmacy, 3 churches, takeaway, butchers, general store and 2 pubs. There is a large recreation ground where netball, cricket and football are played plus the local Army Cadets have an HQ here.
Littleport is the largest village by area in East Cambridgeshire and is steadily growing. It lies about 6 miles North of the fast expanding, historic Cathedral City of Ely and about 20 miles from Cambridge and is bounded to the West and North by the A10 road and to the East and North by the River Ouse. There is an excellent mainline rail service on the Kings Lynn to Ely, Cambridge and London Kings Cross line. A recently opened station, Cambridge North, provides easy access to the Cambridge Science Park. Many commuters use the trains daily to get to Cambridge and London for work. There are currently two Primary schools in the village and a new Secondary School, Special Education Needs School and Leisure Centre complex opened in September 2017. There are a mix of shops in the village centre including two Co-op supermarkets. St George’s Medical Centre provides health care. There are also several restaurants, takeaways and public houses and a library in the village.
Situated off the A142 about 6 miles west of Ely. There are shops in the High Street including a post office, butchers and general store. Primary schooling and a playschool are available within the village with secondary education at nearby Witchford Village College. There is a doctor's surgery and dispensary.
Situated about 5 miles south of Ely and about 11 miles north of Cambridge, both of which can be reached via the A10. There is a general store, primary school, playgroup, church, playing field and health facilities.
A small village about 2 miles south of Ely off the A10 road. There is a primary school, church and chapel. Ely offers comprehensive shopping facilities, weekly market and a main line railway station with services connecting to Cambridge (15 mins) and London (just over 60 mins.).
A village of small town proportion about 7 miles from the City of Ely. There is a good range of local shops, respected Village College and more comprehensive facilities are available in nearby Ely and Newmarket. A new primary school has just been completed in The Shade at the Ely side of Soham.
Situated about 2 miles from the City of Ely. Main Street contains a Post Office and a general store. There is a playgroup, primary school and the area's Village College is located here. Also in Main Street is a garage, a public house, hairdressers and Veterinary Surgery.
Situated about 2 miles from the City of Ely. There is day to day shopping, public house/hotel and church as well as modern junior school and library.
Features a public house/restaurant, village hall and green. Day to day shopping facilities are available in Haddenham (about 3 miles) and Sutton (about 2 miles) which also have primary schools, post office, newsagent and butchers. Ely is about 7 miles.
Lies about 5 miles from Newmarket, 10 miles from Ely and about 18 miles from Cambridge. The village has local facilities including post office, village stores, public house, restaurant, primary school, church etc.
A popular village beside the river and by-passed by the A142 which provides access to Chatteris and Ely. There is day to day shopping within the village and a primary school. Ely is about 7 miles.