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Top 8 Things to Do in Ely for Families with Kids

18 Oct 2023

Top 8 Things to Do in Ely for Families with Kids
Seated along the Cambridgeshire Ferns, the stunning cathedral city of Ely in East Cambridgeshire is a gem in English heritage.

With its monastic buildings, independent shops, and fun-filled parks, you will not run out of things to do in Ely for families. If you are new to Ely, or thinking of moving to the area, here are 8 fun things to do with your kids.

1. Ely Castle

Ely Castle was built by William the Conqueror following the Norman Conquest. The earthworks, which are the only remnants of the original Motte and Bailey design, are a must-see. The structure is part of Cherry Hill Park, and thus, is also known as Cherry Hill Castle. You can also enjoy a picnic in the park whilst basking in its scenic beauty.

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2. Ely Cathedral 

A perfect example of the stunning mediaeval craftsmanship, Ely Cathedral is known as one of the “seven wonders of the Middle Ages.” Make sure to stop and appreciate the beauty of the cathedral’s stonework, which took almost 300 years to complete. Situated near the university city of Cambridge, you can sip some afternoon tea in the 11th-century undercroft or relax in the parkland and meadows surrounding it. 

With free visitor passes for children under 16, Ely Cathedral makes for an affordable place to spend time with your kids. You can also enjoy over 125 stained glass windows at the Stained Glass Museum located on the upper levels of the Cathedral, or book a tour of the world-famous Octagon Tower.

A view up into the lantern at the top of the Octagon tower in Ely Cathedral.

3. Ely Markets

The Market Square in Ely runs lots of markets multiple days a week. There are mini markets selling flowers, bread, coffee, and cakes. The Specialist Farmers Market is held on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. The local produce comes fresh from the farm and is highly sought after.  You will find everything you expect at a traditional market and a few more surprises.

With its abundance of simple pleasures, Ely has that homely feeling that will make your kids feel at ease.

4. Skylark Maize Maze and Funyard

This 12-acre maize maze is the perfect location for a family game of hide-and-seek. With tractor rides, bouncy castles, and a huge sandpit, you will not run out of things to do with your kids. There are also seasonal events throughout the year. Pick a pumpkin for Halloween or feed the lambs at Easter for some unforgettable family memories. 

5. Cromwell’s House

Restored with love, Oliver Cromwell’s House allows you to glimpse the life and legacy of one of the most divisive figures in English history.  The English Civil Wars exhibition with its interactive displays allows you to experience life on the battlefields, which makes for a rousing encounter. 

You can also learn about 17th-century festive food and fashion at exclusive events for just £10. Children in particular will also enjoy the opportunity to dress in period clothing to further experience what life at this time would have been like.


Oliver Cromwell’s House in Ely, East Cambridgeshire

6. South Angle Farm Park

Interacting with farm animals is an age-old family activity. At South Angle Farm Park, visitors can pet friendly geese, feed the lambs, as well as enjoy exciting events such as Dinosaur Week. There are activities for the whole family to get involved in and will undoubtedly increase bonding. 

7. The Hive Leisure Centre

If you want your kids to have fun whilst staying healthy, there’s no other place to be than the Hive Leisure Centre. Be it swimming lessons, junior gym sessions, birthday parties, or holiday activities, this leisure centre has it all. And it’s not for the kids alone. With over 40 sessions of fitness classes such as Zumba, Yoga, and Circuits, you can meet your fitness goals here. Together, you and your kids can enjoy the benefits of staying active.

8. Cineworld

At the Ely Leisure Village complex on Downham Road, you can enjoy a state-of-the-art 6-screen cinema. With its 3D technology, you can experience the latest cinematic technology with your kids.  There are movies for juniors as well as cinebabies screenings. There is also a large free car park allowing you and your kids to enjoy movies as often as you like without having to pay for parking. 

If a move to Ely is on the horizon for you and your family, get in touch with Bishop’s Move. Our Cambridgeshire removals branch is ready to support you on your removal.