Cambridgeshire
Ely
Ely The Essential
Standing on a rise on the banks of the River Ouse dominating the flatlands of the Fens, Ely was once called Elig or Eel Island because of the abundance of eels in the area. It has been a place of worship since the time of St Etheldreda, a Saxon queen who founded a religious community and built an abbey here in the 7C. The town still retains monastic buildings and some medieval houses. In the 17C, Ely was the home of a famous citizen: Oliver Cromwell.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Ely
Cathedral
Cathedral
The lovely romanesque nave and transept
60 minutes
Oliver Cromwell's House
Oliver Cromwell's House
The history of this former dwelling (13C
60 minutes