The very pretty city of Ely is full of historic buildings and winding streets. Markets are held on Thursday and Saturday each week. Ely was a significant port until the 18th century when the
Fens were drained The University of Cambridge rowing team has a boathouse on the bank of the river and train here for the Oxford v Cambridge boat race.

The magnificent cathedral is known as the Ship of the Fens because of the distant views of its towers that dominate the low-lying fenland
. The cathedral was started by William I in 1083 and completed in 1351.

Oliver Cromwell lived in Ely for several years after inheriting the position of local tax collector in 1636. His former home dates to the 16th century and is now used by the Tourist Information Office as well as being a museum with rooms displayed as they would have been in Cromwell's time.

Ely is an excellent place for boaters. The marina has both petrol and diesel for sale. If you moor up on the Environment Agency mooring just downstream of the road bridge, it's only a couple of minutes walk to the large Tesco store adjacent to the railway station. Further downstream the public moorings offer easy access to the town centre and offer pump-out and rubbish disposal facilities. Be warned though, it can at times be tough to find a mooring spot.

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The Devil's in the detail!

Looking up at 215ft high the West Tower of Ely Cathedral. Buillding of the cathedral started in 1083. The tower was built between 1174 and 1197.
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Impressive frontage

The view of Ely Cathedral from Palace Green.
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The Octogon Tower. The lantern on top forms the only gothic dome in existence.
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Ship of the Fens

Another view of Ely cathedral from the park.
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Ely Cathedral through the trees.
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Ely waterfront.
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Nice spot

Cassie moored at Ely.
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Giant eel

Eel sculpture in the Jubilee Gardens on Ely's waterfront.
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Tying up

Tying up under the shade of a tree, about to go and do some shopping. If only shopping were like this every day...
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Muscovy ducks, which are a very common sight in Ely.
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Waterside approach

Approaching Ely's waterside, an area understably popular with boaters and tourists alike. The towers of Ely Cathedral can be seen in the distance.