Discover the Isle of Eels in Ely

Ely, Cambridgeshire

Visit the cathedral city of Ely, and discover why the humble eel is so important in its history, as you walk its unique Eel Trail.

Ely is one of the smallest cities in the country, yet home to one of the largest cathedrals and interestingly derives its name from the Isle of Eels. This dates back to when Ely was an island surrounded by water and marshland, and eels were in abundance.

Today you can find out more about the history of Ely and its eel connections by taking the Eel Trial – a way marked walk around this beautiful city, past pieces of public art depicting the life story of the humble eel. The route takes you past an array of shops, art galleries and cafes, through the monastic quarter with its medieval buildings and down to the picturesque waterside.

The city even holds its own Eel Festival Weekend, where you can have the chance to hold the title of World Eel Throwing Champion in the annual competition (no real eels used of course).

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