A city for all
Ely’s eclectic mix of stylish restaurants, one-off shops, galleries, museums, traditional tea rooms and lively pubs sit alongside supermarket names such as Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsburys. A haven of independent shops and local retailers, Ely has been named one of the best performing High Streets in the UK. Central to this is the city’s main square, bustling with life on popular market days that offer everything from antiques, crafts and collectables to an award-winning farmers market.
Located close to Orchards Green is the new Ely Leisure Village featuring a state-of-the-art, six-screen multiplex cinema with national brand eateries and drive-thrus for convenient family trips. For something more energetic, the city provides a leisure centre with pool and fitness, while the area has superb sports clubs for rugby, hockey, tennis, rowing, sailing and golf. Plans are also underway to build a new leisure complex with an eight-lane swimming pool, 120-station gym and four-court sports hall, which is set to open in 2018.
Country living at its best
Ely is hugely attractive for its location, accessibility and activities, presenting a side of life that embraces both traditional values and new enterprise. As a city on the water, residents can relax and recharge by the riverside, visit the home of horseracing in nearby Newmarket, discover the delights of cosmopolitan Cambridge and its world-famous university – or take a daytrip to some of the UK’s best British beaches such as Southwold in Suffolk or Hunstanton in Norfolk. There is something for everyone and Ely is known to offer among the best quality of life in rural England.
Ely is evolving
As an independent community, Ely is a friendly and dynamic place to live. Together with its new bypass, rail gateway, leisure complex and school adding to the area’s already excellent facilities, Ely uniquely combines timeless traditions and vibrant lifestyles with international business links.
Schooling is a key element of family life and Ely presents an excellent choice of schools and colleges for all ages and academic levels, with Cambridge’s internationally renowned universities are just on the doorstep.