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Address: The Old Gaol | Market St, Ely, England
Phone Number: 01353666655
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10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Ely Museum, a bright and friendly local history museum, located in the...
Ely Museum, a bright and friendly local history museum, located in the Bishop's Gaol in the centre of the historical city of Ely. The Museum is the history centre for the Isle of Ely & the Fens and it takes you on a journey through time from prehistory to the twentieth century.Displays include original prison cells, fossils that can be touched, Roman remains and an archive film of the Fens including punt guns and eel catching.A museum guide, children's activities, toilets and a gift shop make this an ideal destination for all of the family.
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Pretty good. My kids loved it!

I live in Ely, but don't get a chance to do the 'tourist' thing there. However I had my young children (8 and 7) for the weekend and this was an obvious choice. The only... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
John_in-Ely
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Ely, United Kingdom
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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60 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

There were not many people in the museum, guess most are at the cathedral. Self guided tour give lots of interesting facts about the town. Admission price gives you unlimited visits for a year at no extra charge

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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

For such a small museum it packs in a fair bit. History of Ely and surrounding area and the Fens. Pass lasts a year so handy if you nearby or visit again. Not bad for small city place.

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Ely, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I live in Ely, but don't get a chance to do the 'tourist' thing there. However I had my young children (8 and 7) for the weekend and this was an obvious choice. The only downside was a particularly graphic prison scene which might scare young children on the more sensitive side.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This museum is well worth visiting. The exhibits are brilliantly displayed and the old video form the 1930s is well worth watching.

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London, United Kingdom
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50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This museum s rubbish, and we wrote as much on the children's toy plastic exhibit! We were there around 10 minutes and we completed the whole tour. Don't go! WE saved a couple £9 as we left by informing them.

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CuratorEly, Assistant Curator at Ely Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I'm very sorry to hear that you thought our museum is 'rubbish' and particularly sorry that you sent other visitors away without giving them the chance to make their own decision. It would be very helpful to us if you could give me a bit more information about what it was you didn't like as... More 

Ely, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Fantastic museum! Visited a number of years ago and was pleasantly surprised as to how much is on show. Very well laid out, informative and such good value for money! Should be a definite visit for tourists and locals

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Cambridgeshire
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Tucked away at the end of Market Street, Ely Museum is well worth a visit by visitors and locals alike. A classic insight into Fenland life since the middle ages one leaves the museum wondering how anybody managed to endure such a harsh existence. They made them tough out there!

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This is the sort of museum I like. Not too many exhibits but enough to stimulate interest in local life particularly the old gaol.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Really lovely museum. Fantastic welcome, helpful staff. Lots to do for the children. The explorer tool belt was a big hit with all three of my children, age 2, 6 & 8. Loads of hands on stuff & interesting things to learn about. Really reasonable admission prices. Highly recommend.

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Suffolk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I think my title explains all really, it did have some interesting bits but the descriptions they gave were wrote like only children would read them. I think if they updated it all a bit it would be a good museum as the history of Ely is really diverse and interesting.

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Address: Address: The Old Gaol | Market St, Ely, England
Phone Number: 01353666655
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Ely
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

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