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Walking tour of Cambridge University
"On this enthralling 90-minute walking tour you will see where the structure of D.N.A was discovered visit famous chapels and libraries listen to anecdotes see where famous alumni studied from Prince Charles Sir Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking all while taking in views of famous architecture with over 800 years of history.This public tour which will be conducted in English and starts at 1pm at King's College entrance on King's Parade.The tour will cover sights such as Trinity H Trinity College
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Combo ticket: Punting and Walking Tour in Cambridge
"A Cambridge University graduate guide will take you on a 90-minute enthralling journey through time as you will be recounted to the colourful story of Cambridge and its famous university while providing you with a wonderful insight into student life.On this enthralling 90-minute walking tour you will see where the structure of D.N.A was discovered visit famous chapels and libraries listen to anecdotes see where famous alumni studied from Prince Charles Sir Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking all while taking in views of famous architecture with over 800 years of history.This public tour which will be conducted in English and starts at 1pm at King's College entrance on King's Parade.The tour will cover sights such as Trinity H
From GBP30.00
 
45-Minute Shared Punting Tour in Cambridge
"Over a 45 minute period you will see 8 of the most famous Cambridge colleges from Darwin to Magdelene and 9 bridges from the Mathematical Bridge to the Bridge of Sighs.Your knowledgeable local guides are professional educated and promise to be a lot of fun while giving a detailed explanation of historical facts and exciting stories. While being punted along the river Cam you will have time to ask questions and take photos of the most famous architecture in Cambridge. then enjoy the tour!"""On this 45-minute shared punting tour in Cambridge you will see 8 of the most famous Cambridge colleges from Darwin to Magdelene and 9 bridges from the Mathematical Bridge to the Bridge of Sighs.title=Highlights&1=45-minute+punting+tour+in+Cambridge&2=Glide+down+the+River+Cam+on+a+traditional+punt&3=Cruise+past+landmarks+like+King%E2%80%99s+College%2C+the+Bridge+of+Sighs+and+the+Mathematical+Bridge&4=Have+a+go+at+pushing+and+steering+the+punt%21&""
From GBP12.00

More Off The Beaten Path in Ely

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Ely Park

One of the nicest things about Ely is that there is so much green space within the city. Ely Park is pleasant in itself, but if you look carefully you can still see the earthworks remaining from the...
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As once it was........part 2

Walk to the side of the main entrance to Ely Cathedral, and look closely. You can see clearly how the building has changed and grown over time. The Galilee porch was added to the Western entrance...
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Bits knocked off houses....................

You'll notice these in various places around the UK. Basically, the corners of houses were removed so often by large carts (and, later, lorries) that it became simpler to make them less sharp. This...
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Staging post

Now the 'Stagecoach Restaurant', this building is tucked away on Market Street and would be easily missed. As you can see from the photo, this is where the stagecoaches stopped on their way to King's...
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As once it was...........

All old English cathedrals (and most churches) were once highly decorated. We tend to think of them being calm, grey places but, in fact, most of them were originally a riot of colour; stonework...
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Almshouses

Almshouses are fairly common in England; most towns and larger villages have some. Funded by independent charities, they usually provide accommodation for the old and needy. Their architecture is...
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Eel-y Ely

The name 'Ely' derives from 'place of the eels', and the new gardens constructed for the Queen's Golden Jubilee contains this rather magnificent eel-y sculpture (I think the t-shirt is a recent...
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Hidden recycling

I'm always fascinated when I spot ancient stonework being re-used. I spotted this beautiful ?Norman window arch in what is probably a shed/ storeroom at the back of Oliver Cromwell's house. Medieval...
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Visit Littleport, famous for Harleys and riots!

The small town of Littleport, located just north of Ely, is easily accessible by bus as it's only 20 minutes away from Market Street. I went to Littleport looking for antiques and could not find a...
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Wicken Fen

What did East Anglia look like before the draining of the fens, or wetlands? Ely was an island, surrounded by these low, marshy fens. Very few remain today. Here is a prime example. Wicken Fen is a...
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So what are they?

It's not exactly off the beaten path, but I'm sure many people see this without realising what it is. A modern sulpture, situated outside the Maltings (see seperate tip), it is actually a...
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Top Things to Do in Ely

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Ely Cathedral

This is probably the primary reason people visit Ely, and it is certainly worth the trip. The word magnificent is often overused in terms of architecture, but nothing else really fits. Rising above...
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Oliver Cromwell's House

Few English historical figures provoke as much division of opinion as Oliver Cromwell. To some he represented a brave new world away from an hereditary monarchy, to others he was a ruthless despot who...
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Ely Museum

Sounds like an odd thing to say - go to jail, but it can be a rewarding experience. The jail (or gaol) in question is the old Bishop's Gaol in Market Street, now converted into a very interesting...
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Jubilee Gardens

One thing people frequently recommend you (beside visiting the Cathedral) is a walk along the river and a pint at one of the pubs and restaurant. Of course, this is a fair weather activity, although...
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Ely Porta - Walpole's Gate - Monastic Buildings

This gate ('porta' being Latin for 'gateway') was once the main entrance to Ely monastery. Started in 1396, and completed in 1417, it has some rather beautiful rib-vaulting inside, although most of...
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Stained Glass Museum

The museum was an online find, and we did think we would see a lot more than we did. It is the only museum in the UK that deals with this subject. I do have to say that although there was a lot of...
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"The 'great ship of the Fens..................'"
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Confucius

"I Really Really Enjoyed Ely"
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planxty

"The Isle of Eels."
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christine.j

"The Eel has lost its T-Shirt..."
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"Ely"
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