Ely is a small charming city steeped in history and dominated by a beautiful cathedral. Ely Cathedral is visible across the flat fenland for vast distances, and is locally known as the “Ship of the Fens.” Walking into the early 12th century Romanesque nave, you are immediately stuck by its clean lines and lofty space. The vast 14th century Lady Chapel is the largest in England, and is filled with empty spaces that once held statues of saints and martyrs which were looted during the English Civil War. The cathedral’s incredible architecture make it a favorite film location. It appeared in The Other Boleyn Girl as well as Elizabeth. Just beside the cathedral are the former Bishop’s Palace and King’s School. Across Saint Mary’s Green is the attractive Oliver Cromwell’s House, where he lives from 1636 to 1646. The house now contains civil war exhibits and portraits. In the town’s Old Gaol House you can visit the Ely Museum, which charts the history of the town and the surrounding fens.