The River Ouse

George greeted us as we came down for breakfast. Rachel served us with granola and yoghurt topped with fresh fruit followed by freshly cooked breakfast items of our choice. As we ate, we had an enjoyable conversation with George.

Ely Cathedral

After breakfast we walked to Cromwell’s House to visit the Tourist Information Centre but we were too early; it didn’t open till 11am. We flexed our plan and went into the Cathedral. Our first impression of the Cathedral was its immense size and we were impressed with the view looking down the transept towards the apse. The artwork on the ceiling and dome is exquisite.

100 Armistice Commemoration

Just to the side, as we entered, there was a stunning poppy display made of knitted poppies commemorating the 100 year anniversary of WWI. We browsed the Cathedral shop before having a cup of tea in the cafe. Next we explored some of the Ely side streets, spending some time in the City Cycle Centre, which is much more than a cycle centre,selling children’s toys, games, Airfix models and paints.

Cromwell's House

We had a slightly late lunch where I opted for a something modest, a toasted tea cake, because of the filling breakfast. By this time Cromwell’s House was open so we were able to visit the Tourist Information Centre and visit the Cromwell Museum. The building that houses these was once the family home of Oliver Cromwell. We were asked to consider if Cromwell was a villain or a hero; we came to the conclusion that he was a man of his time.

We returned to Toppings bookshop and came away with some purchases. Next, we visited the delightfully named Cutlacks, another department store where we picked up several kitchen items, so many we decided not to venture onto the upper floors lest we be tempted to add to our purchases. After this shopping experience we made our way straight back to the B&B so that we couldn’t be tempted further! I took advantage of the lovely roll top bath where I had a long soak before getting ready to go out for dinner.

The Old Fire Engine House

We dined in The Old Fire Engine House where we were served by a delightful Scottish lady. The food was delicious. I had sea bass and Mr C had melt-in-the-mouth beef casserole. Seconds were offered, although I declined. We shared a dessert of rum and raisin ice cream, which was just as well because the portion was huge.

When we left, Mr C left a tip with the lady who had served us. It made her day being it was a Scottish note left over from our recent trip to the borders. We retired to the B&B for a nightcap (it would have been a shame not to take advantage of that lovely sitting room).

10 Comments CherryPie on Nov 14th 2018

10 Responses to “Ely – Day Two”

  1. Alan says:

    Knitted poppies seem to be a recurring theme of this year’s Armistice commemorations. What dod you think of the Octagon? I laid on the floor with my camera pointing straight up it; I got some funny loos. Mr C’s beef casserole sounds wonderful; that would have been my choice, too.

    • CherryPie says:

      I think they are following on from the Poppies in the Moat concept. I think they are quite effective.

      I thought the octagon was breathtaking although my photos don’t do it justice. I didn’t lie on the floor but I did get a crick in my neck!

  2. Is that really Ely Cathedral?!
    Gosh, I don’t remember much now.
    But the tower looks rather short? Ha!
    I remember it was much taller??
    Maybe I got it wrong…

  3. Beautiful photos. The cathedral looks wonderful and the poppy display is just stunning. Food again sounds delicious :) Cromwell’s House sounds so interesting. What a wonderful break you must have had.

  4. James Higham says:

    You must be quite fit, Cherie.

  5. lisl says:

    Sounds like a most rewarding day out, Cherie