In the year 673, an abbey was built to the north of the village of Cratendune on the Isle of Ely. Although the abbey was destroyed 200 years later, the town of Ely that grew up around the abbey is still there. It is located about 14 miles from Cambridge in Cambridgeshire. If you choose a cheap Ely hotel for your visit to the Cambridge area, you will be in some historically good company. Oliver Cromwell lived in Ely for a number of years and his former home is now the Tourist Information Office. It is partly set up as a museum, showing how life was in Cromwell’s time of the late 17th century.
Of course, many of the other tourists sharing your budget Ely hotel will be there for one main reason; the Ely Cathedral. The awesome structure has been named one of the seven wonders of the medieval world. You can also take a walk along the River Great Ouse, where you might just catch a glimpse of the University of Cambridge rowing team at practice.
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