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Ely Cathedral and Cromwell's House

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10:22 – 16:00 18 Oct 2018
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Ely - meet at Ely Train Station, 'Ely Food Station', Platform 1, Station Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4BS, United Kingdom

Ely Cathedral and Cromwell’s House

Thursday 18 October 2018

This visit has been arranged by Bill Metcalf.

During the day, we will visit Ely’s 12th century Cathedral and climb into the 14th century Octagon tower, followed by a visit to Oliver Cromwell’s house in the afternoon.

Ely is a charming market town totally dominated by the Cathedral which was built circa 1090. Many will be familiar with it as the setting for The Crown, Elizabeth the Golden Age, The Other Boleyn Girl and The King’s Speech.

Where and when to meet: recognising that most people will travel by train, we will meet at the ‘Ely Food Station’ on Platform 1 for coffee (excellent!) and a biscuit. There is parking immediately outside for those of you that travel by car.

We will walk to the Cathedral up through Cherry Hill Park and past the monastic buildings; the guided tour will start at 11.30 and last for approximately 1½ hours. Warning: to reach the Octagon we will have to climb 215 ft (66m) involving 288 spiral steps in stages.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the Lamb Hotel just across the road from the Cathedral and they require pre-booking from the menu on the RHS of the web page under ‘Book a Table’. Details to Bill Metcalf in due course please.

After lunch we will walk across the road to Cromwell’s House where we will have a guided tour lasting for about one hour.

Cromwell's House

After the tour there is a short walk down to the station but, for those who would like to stop off, we can have afternoon tea at Julia’s Tea Rooms in the High Street.

Getting Home: There are regular trains from Ely for King’s Cross that depart roughly every half hour (16.17, 16.47, 16.53, 17.17) and take ~1½ hours. There is no peak-time restriction when travelling from Ely.

Timetable (times are approximate):

09.12   Train from King’s Cross to Ely             N.B. Travel in front four carriages

10.22   Arrive Ely                                              Meet at ‘Ely Food Station on Platform 1

10.50   Walk to Ely Cathedral                         ~20 minutes

11.30   Guided tour of Ely Cathedral

13.00   Walk to Lamb Hotel for lunch             ~15 minutes including getting settled

14.20   Walk to Cromwell’s House                 ~ 5 minutes

14.30   Guided tour of Cromwell’s House

15.30   Either walk to Ely station                    ~15 minutes (16.17, 16.47 or 16.53 trains)

Or, tea at Julia’s tearooms                  ~15 minutes to Ely station

Size of party: 14 max limited by tour of the Octagon.

Cost:   £27.00 per person including both entrance fees.

Contacts: before the day contact Bill Metcalf on 07831 600165 or bill.metcalf@physics.org

Late arrivals: contact Bill on 07831 600165 or Tony Colclough on 07930 171307.

If you have difficulty in booking, please contact tonycolclough@tiscali.co.uk



You can pay either by cheque or by bank transfer.  It is possible to pay for several places on one transaction.

Cheque:  make your cheque payable to The Institute of Physics (not IOP) and send them to:

Tony Colclough (REMS)

34 Sugden Road

Thames Ditton

Surrey KT7 0AE

*** Please annotate the rears of your cheques with:  REMS, Event title; event date,

e.g. REMS, Ely Cathedral & Cromwell's House, 18/10/18

If you are paying for several events with one cheque, please write them all.


Bank transfer: IOP Bank details are as follows:

Account Name:                 Institute of Physics (GBP)

Sort Code:                         40-14-13

Account Number:              82403552

Bank Name:                       HSBC Bank plc

Bank Address                    62 George White Street, Cabot Circus, Bristol BS1 3BA

BIC:                                     MIDLGB22

IBAN:                                  GB15MIDL. 40141382403552


*** Please enter a reference with the transfer as follows:  REMS EVENT ddmmyy  

where  ddmmyy is the date of the event (first event if you are paying for several)

e.g. REMS EVENT 181018 

Organised by: Bill Metcalf for the Retired Members Section, London and South East Branch, IOP

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