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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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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
 
Punting Tour in Cambridge
"Relax on a punt and hear about the foundations of the University and the city of Cambridge as you glide along on a traditional punt with an accredited guide. See and learn about the famed King's College Chapel the Bridge of Sighs the Mathematical Bridge and many other spectacular sights. This is a shared punting experience that is 45 minutes long with your own chauffeur and guide per a punt. Tickets must be used on a walk up basis with regular tours leaving from Mill Lane"""Enjoy a 45 minute shared punting tour of Cambridge this is a must do when visiting the city. See the sublime architecture and pristine gardens of one of the most beautiful stretches of river in the United Kingdom."title=Highlights&1=Ideal+choice+for+families&2=Romantic+experience%2C+perfect+for+couples&3=Great+overview+and+orientation+of+the+city&4=Once-in-a-Lifetime+Experience&5=Perfect+introduction+for+first-time+visitors&6=Travel+by+boat+and+see+the+sights+from+
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More Off The Beaten Path in Ely

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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leics
Dec 07, 2006

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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leics
Dec 07, 2006

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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leics
Jul 04, 2006

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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leics
Jul 02, 2006

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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leics
Jul 02, 2006

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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leics
Jul 01, 2006
 
 
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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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leics
Jun 29, 2006

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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leics
Jun 29, 2006

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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Confucius
Jun 07, 2006

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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Tom_Fields
Dec 28, 2005

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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Aug 21, 2005

Top Hotels in Ely

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A10 A142 Roundabout, Witchford Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6 3NN, United Kingdom
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2 Lynn Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4EJ, United Kingdom
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8 Annesdale, Ely, CB7 4BN, United Kingdom
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Bury Lane, Sutton Gault, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6 2BD, United Kingdom
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Grunty Fen Rd., Witchford, Ely, United Kingdom
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The Old School, School Lane, Coveney, Ely, CB6 2DB, United Kingdom
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Top Things to Do in Ely

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Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral was built in 1083, but Christians have apparently worshipped at the site since 673. As usual, I won't go into loads of detail about the history, but I would like to highlight some of the...
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Oliver Cromwell's House

This attraction was unexpectedly excellent. I was just awaiting some displays of local history and a couple of facts about the time when Cromwell used to live in that house. However, it turned out to...
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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 Museum

Like most mid-sized towns, also Ely has a local history museum. Similar to others of its kind, it starts from what the era looked like in prehistoric times to the post-war years. Although it has an...
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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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Ely Stained Glass Museum

Those of you who have read some of my other reviews of things to do may have noted I am very keen on good stained glass. I was very pleased, therefore, to find the stained glass museum nestled on an...
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leics

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