Rising from the fens

Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral was founded as a monastery in 673 by St. Etheldreda, a Saxon princess from East Anglia, destroyed by the Danes in 870, and re-founded as a Benedictine community in 970. It became a Cathedral – the seat of the Bishop – in 1109. Henry V111 closed the monastery in 1539 but it has continued to exist as a Cathedral to the present day.

About 250,000 people a year visit this extraordinary building which quite literally rises up out of the fens as you approach Ely. About 40 minutes drive from Bartlow.