A Shopper’s Guide to Ely
It’s easy to think of Cambridge as the go to shopping destination in Cambridgeshire, but for a change of scenery, a trip to Ely is highly recommended. Accessible by car and train, Ely offers everything you need for a day of shopping.
Under the presence of the Ely Cathedral, with its stunning octagon, is a shopper’s paradise. Well-known retail chains sit alongside independent boutiques offering everything from clothes and home décor to electricals and crafts.
Business and boutiques in Ely
The town features a number of fashion stores, both High Street names and independent boutiques. One aspect you might not expect to find is the number of furnishing and home ware stores available. If you’re in the process of redecorating your home or are in need of some inspiration you’re bound to find it in Ely.
The city is home to the likes of Interiors of Ely, which sells furnishings for the home plus offers a restoration and repair service, and The Eel Catcher’s Daughter, a contemporary yet classic store selling trinkets, jewellery and home treasures which are sourced predominantly from British suppliers and local designers and artists.
If you’re looking to purchase something as a reminder of your visit to Ely, The Ely Cathedral Gift Shop, Oliver Cromwell’s House Gift Shop and Ely Museum Shop are great for picking quirky items which links to Ely’s treasured heritage.
Places to eat and drink in Ely
Ely is home to a number of popular local produce goods. Those with a sweet tooth should visit The Ely Fudge Company, which makes a wide variety of fudges in front of you. If you like a little tipple, The Ely Gin Company specialize in flavored gin and vodkas, while Anglia Wines on the High Street can help you find the perfect wine, spirit or beer for any occasion.
Markets in Ely
Ely Market Place is one of the most popular in the region, renowned for its regular and themed markets throughout the year. Visitors have gathered here for hundreds of years, and today the crowds still gather for its chartered General Market held on Thursdays and on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of every month.
The Craft and Collectables Market takes places every Saturday throughout the year with a great range of arts, crafts, vintage, retro and more, and the established Farmers’ Market is held every 2nd and 4th Saturday selling the freshest of local produce on sale.