Celebrate beautiful Ely with a free visit to local landmarks this weekend

Celebrate beautiful Ely with a free visit to local landmarks this weekend

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Visit Oliver Cromwell’s House at dusk and venture into the “haunted” bedroom – if you dare!

The famous Ely landmark is one of 10 opening their doors to the public free of charge this weekend as part of National Heritage Weekend.

From September 9 to 11, people will be able to enjoy a number of historical attractions, including venues not usually open to the public.

These include a visit to The Stained Glass Museum at Ely Cathedral to see windows dating back to 1200 and the fossil and Roman remains exhibitions at Ely Museum.

418651_10151002141136997_2013710465_n531280_10151002165076997_1609698304_nThose with a head for heights can scale the cathedral’s West Tour to take in spectacular views of the Cambridgeshire countryside.

Tracey Harding, Tourism and Town Centres Manager, East Cambridgeshire District Council said: “The weekend programme offers an excellent opportunity for locals and tourists to view our historical attractions free of charge including some venues that are not usually open to the public, so this is very special indeed.”

A stroll around Oliver Cromwell’s House at dusk will allow visitors to experience life in the 17th century, play with old-fashioned toys and venture into the haunted bedroom.

The Sessions House in Ely Courthouse is also included. Recently taken over by Ely City Council following the closure of the Magistrates’ Court in 2012 it is the court famously featured in the 1947 Toad of Toad Hall film.

Prior Crauden’s Chapel is also rarely open to the public and this weekend provides an excellent opportunity to visit the impressive 14th Century chapel with medieval tiled floor.

Other venues to visit include Kings Schools’ Ely Porta, once the main entrance to Ely Monastery, and the Monastic Barn, built in 1375 during the reign of Edward III.

The Silver Street Cottages and the Old Palace, the splendid Bishops’ Palace dating back to the 15th century, are included in the guided tours.

The Heritage Weekend Programme takes place from September 9th until September 11th.

The National Heritage Weekend runs every September and involves 40,000 volunteers across England organising 5,000 events to celebrate our country’s fantastic history, architecture and culture.

It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are free to explore.

For information on the Ely programme click here.