Ely Museum

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The Old Gaol

  • Phone: 01353 666655

Ely Museum is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Ely, dating from the 13th Century, it has been a private house, a Tavern, a Registry Office & the Bishop's Goal. Sensitively renovated in 1997, much of the buildings history can still be seen, including prisoners graffiti, hidden doorways and original planking on the walls. Visitors can enjoy the attractive and secluded courtyard before and after their visit. Displays include geology, archaeology and the local history of Ely and the surrounding fenland. The gift shop sells many gift items and toys as well as local history publications. Special events and exhibitions are held throughout the year, including finds and identification afternoons, living history days, children's craft activities and a programme of talks. Schools should contact the Education Officer about the wide variety of workshops available.

Further information

Opening Hours:

10:30 - 17:00


Adults £3.50 Children £1 (under 5s free) Concessions £2.50


  • Museums Association

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Library
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan

Facilities information:

The Old Gaol is situated on the corner of Lynn Road and Market Street, 150 metres from the Cathedral. Ely Museum has a level front entrance, an accesible toilet and a stairlift to the upper floor. There are chairs throughout the Museum for visitors. Quiz sheets are available for children visiting the Museum. Guided tours are available by appointment.


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
  • Guided tours
  • Information point provided
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Loan service
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Touch exhibits

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