Chance to explore the history of Ely at Heritage Open Weekend

Ely Cathedral.

Ely Cathedral. - Credit: Archant

Ely is a city steeped in history, and is giving visitors and residents the chance to delve into its rich past during the country’s biggest celebration of heritage.

Ely Museum.

Ely Museum. - Credit: Archant

The Heritage Open Weekend, beginning on Friday September 9, offers the opportunity to explore the city’s popular landmarks that aren’t usually open to the public, as well as a host of guided talks and tours throughout the city.

The event kicks off next Friday, where the historic Oliver Cromwell’s House, The Stained Glass Museum and Ely Museum will open their doors for free and reveal their secrets after hours.

On Saturday September 10, a group of knowledgeable tour guides will explore the city’s streets and attractions, including The Old Palace at King’s Ely.

The weekend will be brought to a close on Sunday September 11, where a variety of historical buildings that aren’t usually open for public viewing, such as the Silver Street Cottages, Monastic Barn, Ely Porta, Ely Cathedral and Prior Crauden’s Chapel, will open their doors.

Oliver Cromwell's House.

Oliver Cromwell's House. - Credit: Archant

Limited places are available, all all bookings must be made via Ely’s Tourist Information Centre on 01353 662062 or by visiting

The Silver Street Cottages.

The Silver Street Cottages. - Credit: Archant