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Local History

Information about the local history of the district.

The Museum, in its picturesque setting close to Ely on the River Lark, holds a unique collection of large working diesel engines that played a vital part in maintaining the drainage of the once uninhabitable fens nearby.

Displays or artefacts, photographs and interactive media illustrate the story of fen drainage and the social history of the local area.


Prickwillow Engine Museum
Main Street
Prickwillow, Cambs CB7 4UN
01353-688360/720737 07801-050267 (out of hours)

A bright and friendly local history museum, located in the Bishop's Gaol in the centre of the historical citry. The Museum is the history centre for the Isle of Ely and the Fens and it takes you on a journey through time from prehistory to the twentieth century.


Adults £3.50  Concession  £2.50  Child £1

Joint Attraction Tickets for Oliver Cromwell's House and Ely Museum (Old Gaol, Ely Cambridgeshire)

Joint Attraction Tickets are available for your visits to Oliver Cromwell's House and Ely Museum (local history museum).  Joint tickets are valid for a year for both attractions from the day of purchase and are valid for a single visit to both attractions.

Adult: £6.60 (normaly £4.60 for OCH & £3.50 for Ely Museum)
Concession: £5.40 (normally £4.10 for OCH & £2.50 for Ely Museum)


Ely Museum, The Old Gaol
Market Street
Ely, Cambs CB7 4LS

We pride ourselves in offering a warm welcome to all visitors to this magnificent building, whether your interest is religious, historical and architectural or simply to explore and experience this wonderful place.



Adult Admission Charges as from 1 January 2013

Admission including guided tour *
Admission + Octagon Tower **
Admission + West Tower **
Combined Ticket Admission, Ground Floor Tour *
+ Stained Glass Museum

Octagon Tower or West Tower Sunday Rate as
no admission is charged

The Total Experience Admission, Ground Floor Tour *,
Stained Glass Museum, Octagon or West Tower Tour **
+ Tea/Coffee in the Refectory

The Refectory Café & Cathedral Shop ONLY (Free)










Ely Cathedral
The College
Ely, Cambs CB7 4DL
01353-667735 Fax: 01353-665658

Bought for just £100, the Maltings success story continues....

Another treasure of the city is the Maltings. Idyllically located on the banks of the River Great Ouse, the Maltings was built in 1868 for the brewery of Ebenezer William Harlock and was acquired by East Cambridgeshire District Council in 1968 for just £100. Today it is a thriving entertainment complex, as well as being one of East Anglia's best used conference centres.

Haunted Ely

There are many tales of ghosts in Ely, and many books that tell you their stories. Haunted Ely by Margaret Haynes and Vivienne Doughty is our favourite book that tells the stories of St. Etheldreda and the other ghosts that can be found here.