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Ely Cathedral Specialist Tour – The Victorian Cathedral: Circa 1871

New for 2021! Join us on one of our ‘Specialist Tours’ to find out even more about the fascinating history of Ely Cathedral.

The Victorian Cathedral: Circa 1871 – Visit Ely Cathedral 150 years ago. The major restoration programme and reorganisation of the building is virtually complete! Begun by Dean George Peacock when he was installed as Dean in 1839 and facilitated by the architect George Gilbert Scott from the time of his appointment in 1847, Ely’s is the most comprehensive restoration of any British Cathedral attempted to date. The building was re-imagined from top to bottom, inside and out in an effort to repair the damage wrought by the Reformation and remove centuries of accretion that obscured a medieval masterpiece.

The tour is intended to be a kind of time travel back to 1871 in order to appreciate the Cathedral as it would have appeared to a visitor at that date. The guide will walk the modern visitor through the building highlighting the Victorian restoration and bringing to life the personalities of the 19th century individuals like the Dean, the clergy, the architect, the painters, the carpenters, the metal smiths who all contributed to creating Ely Cathedral as we know it today.

What’s included: Ground floor admission to the Cathedral (no need to buy a Visitor ticket), a guided tour and a two course lunch in the Almonry Restaurant.

Tickets: £30 per person (for up to 5 people with a guide). Tickets must be purchased 1 day before your visit.

For more information and to book tickets, visit our website.