Nestled in the Cambridgeshire Fens, Ely is an idyllic location with a population of just 20,000. Officially the country’s second smallest city, moving to Ely is a great way to enjoy a slightly slower pace of life. While the city’s unique character just off the River Great Ouse may give you an opportunity to embrace historical architecture and age-old traditions, don’t be fooled into thinking Ely doesn’t have endless modern amenities and attractions too. 

What Does Ely Offer?

If you’re considering moving to Ely, you’ll want to know exactly what the city can offer before you start packing up your belongings. Fortunately, you’ll be pleasantly surprised as Ely is home to a wide range of areas of interest.

The Stained Glass Museum, Ely Cathedral, Oliver Cromwell’s House and the close cities of Cambridge and Newmarket offer a great mix of historical, cultural and sporting attractions, while the city centre is filled with independent shops and well-known brands. With a new retail village, Ben’s Yard, due to open on the outskirts of Ely in Spring 2023 just off the A142, you certainly won’t be short of places to shop when you move to Ely!

The Great Ouse River is the focal point of the city with plenty of pubs, bars and eateries boasting beautiful riverside views. These include:

  • Peacocks Tearoom
  • Riverside Bar & Kitchen
  • The Cutter Inn
  • Riverside Inn

With several more options in and around the centre of Ely.

Green Spaces in Ely

For many people, moving to Ely represents an opportunity to embrace the countryside and you won’t be disappointed. Ely County Park to the west and Cherry Hill Park to the south of Ely Cathedral offer well-sculptured walking routes and numerous play areas. 

Ely Riverside is also a fantastic place to enjoy the great outdoors, especially if you fancy hiring a boat and taking it to the water! Alternatively, you can sit by the banks, watch the water flow by and take in the sights and sounds of this mesmerising location. 

Is Ely a Family-Friendly City?

Absolutely. Ely is home to a number of good schools, including:

  • Isle of Ely Primary School
  • St Mary’s C of E Primary School
  • Highfield Primary School
  • St John’s Community Primary School
  • Lantern Community Primary School
  • King’s Ely Independent Day and Boarding School
  • Highfield Ely Academy
  • Ely College

As well as having a wide range of good schools to choose from, you won’t have any trouble keeping children entertained in Ely. The aforementioned play areas in the centre of the city are free to enter for all children, but the city also has a number of other child-friendly activities. Child-friendly amenities and attractions include:

  • Witcham Equestrian Centre
  • The Ely Spy Mission Trail
  • Ely Cineworld
  • Treetops Soft Play
  • Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve
  • The Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey
  • WWT Welney Wetland Centre

With a selection of events taking place throughout the year, you’ll find that there’s always something to do in and around Ely.

Does Ely Have Good Transport Links?

As well as local public transport services, Ely has good links to other parts of Cambridgeshire, as well as a range of options for getting to other parts of the country. A train from Ely to Cambridge takes around 20 minutes, for example, while you can get from Ely to London Liverpool Street in just over 1 hour and 30 minutes or from Ely to Manchester Piccadilly in 3 hours and 46 minutes.

Situated virtually on the A10 and not far from the M11, Ely also has good road links to other areas of the country, so it won’t take you long to find your way around, explore nearby towns and get from A to B. 

Is Moving to Ely a Good Idea?

Deciding where to live isn’t always easy and the perfect location will be dependent on your lifestyle, ambitions and links to nearby areas. However, Ely can be a fantastic place to live, work and study. With a plethora of attractions and good transport links to other parts of Cambridge and the entire UK, Ely is a great location with many residential hubs.

When it comes to the cost of living, you can expect average house prices to be around £366,000 in Ely. While this is higher than the average UK house price of £290,000, the spectacular location and stunning surroundings certainly make this a worthwhile investment. 

Planning Your Move to Ely

If you’ve fallen in love with the area and you’re planning on moving to Ely, you’ll want to get organised as quickly as possible. Whether you’ve found your dream house or you’ve only just put your home on the market, planning your move will ensure you’re always a step ahead. 

Cambridge Removals & Storage have been working in and around Cambridgeshire for years, offering efficient moving solutions for people moving to or from Cambridgeshire and the surrounding area including Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds, St Ives and Saffron Walden.