With its cathedral's unique octagonal tower rising straight out of the Fens, Ely in Cambridgeshire is a small city with a big reputation. Home to around 14,000 people, it combines a bustling high street and weekly open-air market with tranquil green space in Deans Meadow and Ely Park. On the banks of the River Ouse, the Maltings provides a venue for conferences, films, music and theatre.
Local attractions include the museum of stained glass and the home of Ely's most famous citizen and occasional ghost, Oliver Cromwell. Nearby, are the Babylon Art Gallery, Wicken Fen and the Wenley Wetland Centre.
Ely relies upon agriculture and tourism, but it is also developing as a hub for high-tech business and light manufacturing ventures, many based in the city's Cambridge Business Park. Ely has good rail and road connections to both Cambridge and London Kings Cross.