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Just 14 miles north-east of Cambridge, Ely is another cathedral city, with plenty of old fashioned charm. As well as the huge, ornate cathedral, which still dominates the skyline, Ely has lovely medieval streets dotted with Georgian mansions and lovely little tea shops. Some of the best places to stay in Ely are close to the cathedral and centre of town.
Ely is also where you’ll find Oliver Cromwell’s house, a lovely, half timbered building just across the green from the Cathedral. Now a museum, Cromwell lived here for ten years with his family, which he was the local tax collector.
Ely also has the remains of a Norman castle, two 12th Century hospitals and several museums.
It's a busy place during July and August so if you want to be sure of reserving one of the best places to stay in Ely, get organised and plan ahead.
- The Poets House is a smart Georgian townhouse hotel in the very heart of Ely, right opposite the cathedral. The decor is luxurious with every detail taken care of, including locally sourced black pudding for breakfast, and a butler who’ll draw your beautiful copper bath if you can’t be bothered. There’s also a smart restaurant with a creative menu.
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Poets House 21 rooms from $146Ely, Cambridgeshire
Exciting new addition to Ely's hotel scene. Townhouse hotel in the heart of the city opposite the cathedral close. Service is key with personal butler's to draw your bath, and a luxurious vibe throughout. Lively bar for evenings in.Sights nearby - A stone's throw from the famous cathedralRoom service - Personal butlers at your beck and callViews - Great views of Ely CathedralRomantic - Good for couples.