Attractions to explore nearby Ely Cathedral
A majestic cathedral that was best known for its magnificent Romanesque and Gothic cathedral. Its construction began in 1083, and today it's a fascinating place to learn about the region's history while marveling at the craftsmanship of the building itself. Its most notable feature is the central octagonal tower, with lantern above, which provides a unique internal space and, along with the West Tower, dominates the surrounding landscape.
The house where Oliver Cromwell and his family lived from 1636-1647 is an attractive half-timbered building that once served as the vicarage for nearby St Mary's Church. The house was built in the 13th century, and portions of that first structure survive in the east wing of the current house.
One of the unique museums in this area, which tells the story of the drainage of the Fens, the history of the local area, and those doughty individuals who ran the drainage pumps in remote locations. The museum showcases some of the region's finest examples of restored diesel engines.
The Ouse Washes form the largest area of washland in the UK. In winter it attracts thousands of ducks and whooper swans returning from Iceland, while the warmer spring months bring hundreds of snipe, lapwings, and redshanks to breed. The washlands were created 360 years ago to retain winter flood water from the Ouse and prevent it from flooding the valuable surrounding farmland, and it still performs this function today.
Wicken Fen was the first nature reserve owned by the National Trust. Today it is one of Europe's most important wetlands home to over 9000 species. One of the nice trekking destinations and also The reserve includes fenland, farmland, marsh, and reedbeds. Wicken Fen is one of only four wild fens which still survive in the enormous Great Fen Basin area of East Anglia, where 99.9% of the former fens have now been replaced by arable cultivation.