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  • New Escape Room - Lock in at The Cromwell Arms

    Every Saturday and Sunday at 11.00 am, 12.30 pm, 2.00 pm and 3.30 pm We can also accommodate weekdays and hours outside those stated.  Please contact us to discuss further.

     

    Please note that as of the 2nd November until the end of December we will be running Friday Evening Sessions - Find details here.

     

    Following the launch of Ely’s first Escape Room, Oliver Cromwell’s House is pleased to announce the opening of its new room – a Lock-in at the Cromwell Arms.

     

    The new theme is set around a plot to murder Queen Victoria and bring about a new republic. The landlord of The Cromwell Arms is deeply troubled and needs your assistance to prevent this unspeakable crime.   Sessions are priced at £90 and are ideally suited for between 4 and 8 people. To find out more then please click on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

     

    The activity also lends itself to the corporate market, work parties or even young people's parties (aged 13 to 16).  To discuss your requirements, please email info@visitely.org.uk or call us on 01353 662062.

  • "Lock in at The Cromwell Arms" Escape Room - Friday Evening Sessions

    On Fridays throughout November and December 

     

    Gather your friends, family or work colleagues together and book your session today! This is the perfect addition to the traditional Christmas meal! Really add some excitement to your Office Christmas celebration with one of our amazing Escape Room sessions!

     

    Escape Rooms are the latest interactive and immersive activity to sweep the country (in fact the world!). If you love games and puzzles or just like trying new things then this is for you.

     

    Whilst there are now several Escape Rooms about, we believe Oliver Cromwell's House offers something that no other Escape Room experience can - the location and the atmosphere. Launched in September 2016 the games have been designed around the heritage of the building and the connection with Oliver Cromwell although being a history geek will not help you one bit!

     

    After a short briefing you will enter the Escape Room and find yourself in Cromwell's former Tithe Office, an original 17th century, oak panelled room, where Oliver would have counted the local taxation payments. No other location can offer this unique surrounding. 

     

    The current theme of this fun packed immersive adverture is set around a plot to murder Queen Victoria and bring about a new republic. The landlord of The Cromwell Arms (a throw back to when the building really was a pub in the 1800s) is deeply troubled and needs your assistance to prevent this unspeakable crime.  The landlord is worried by the behaviour of the secretive men and women of the Lord Protectors League who have turned the snug bar of the pub into their operational headquarters. Your team has to search the room looking for clues and solving puzzles to unravel their plot against the life of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. Save yourselves and an innocent man from being implicated in their fiendish plot. But you only have 60 mins to work out what is being planned. 

     We can also arrange for pre or post drinks, guided tours of Oliver Cromwell's House or other puzzle/quiz activities elsewhere within the House, suitable for if you have more than one group. To discuss your requirements, please contact us.

  • Riverside Ghost Tours

    Riverside Ghost Tours

     

    Every Friday from 5th October to 2nd November inclusive, 7 pm

     

    Hear about the ghostly sightings as you walk through Ely’s medieval streets and down to the riverside. Then jump on board the Liberty Belle to hear the tales of Ely’s waterside after dark.

     

    Tickets priced £15 and must be pre-booked. Tours begin outside Oliver Cromwell’s House.

    1 hour 15 mins

    Group bookings can also be accommodated on other dates, please enquire.

  • Mrs Cromwell's Kitchen - Autumn Harvest

    Thursday 11th October 7pm - 9pm

     

    Join Nora Gardner on a journey of hearty 17th century cuisine to warm the soul during these autumnal nights. Learn about Mrs Cromwell’s favourite dishes of the season as well as her preserves for the year ahead.

     

    All admissions include tastings!



    Tickets - £15

  • Escape Room Half Term Sessions

    These sessions are avalaible on October 25th and 26th 2018.

     

    Escape Rooms are the latest interactive and immersive activity to sweep the country (in fact the world!). If you love games and puzzles or just like trying new things then this is for you.

     

    Whilst there are now several Escape Rooms about, we believe Oliver Cromwell's House offers something that no other Escape Room experience can - the location and the atmosphere. Launched in September 2016 the games have been designed around the heritage of the building and the connection with Oliver Cromwell although being a history geek will not help you one bit!

     

    After a short briefing you will enter the Escape Room and find yourself in Cromwell's former Tithe Office, an original 17th century, oak panelled room, where Oliver would have counted the local taxation payments. No other location can offer this unique surrounding. 

     

    The current theme of this fun packed immersive adverture is set around a plot to murder Queen Victoria and bring about a new republic. The landlord of The Cromwell Arms (a throw back to when the building really was a pub in the 1800s) is deeply troubled and needs your assistance to prevent this unspeakable crime.  The landlord is worried by the behaviour of the secretive men and women of the Lord Protectors League who have turned the snug bar of the pub into their operational headquarters. Your team has to search the room looking for clues and solving puzzles to unravel their plot against the life of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. Save yourselves and an innocent man from being implicated in their fiendish plot. But you only have 60 mins to work out what is being planned. 

    We can also accommodate other weekdays and hours outside those advertised and these sessions are priced at £130. We can also arrange for pre or post drinks, guided tours of Oliver Cromwell's House or other puzzle/quiz activities elsewhere within the House, suitable for if you have more than one group. To discuss your requirements, please contact us.

  • Ghost Tours

    Ghost Tours (with ghostly sightings guaranteed!)

    Every evening from 27th Oct to 1st Nov inclusive, 7 pm and 5.30pm on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th.

     

    What fearful frights await those in Ely after dark? Discover the ghostly tales of scandal, death and horror on Ely’s medieval streets with the chance to meet some of the ghosts themselves.

     

    Tickets priced £10 and must be pre-booked. Tours begin outside Oliver Cromwell’s House.

     

    Group bookings can also be accommodated on other dates, please enquire.

    1 hour 15 mins

     

  • The Festive Feast

    5th December 2018 at 10am

     

    Although Christmas was banned during the Commonwealth, many people still celebrated in secret.

     

    Join Nora Gardner, local guide and historian to learn about flavours and ingredients that constituted a typical 17th Century Christmas feast.

     

    All admissions include tastings!


    Tickets - £15 per person.

     

  • Christmas Walks - 29 December 2018

    City of Ely Guided Walk

     

    What better way of discovering the history of this magnificent city than being guided around its splendid array of medieval paths and monastic buildings. Discover the origins of the Cathedral and the importance of trade in this former Isle of Eels. 

     

    Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment and tickets can be booked on-line. 

     

    Distance:  approx 1 mile    Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins

  • Christmas Walks - 30 December 2018

    Architecture of Ely Guided Walk

     

    Ely is truly a magical mix of buildings constructed in dramatically different periods of British History. Discover the wealth of architecture of some of Ely's period, historical buildings during this walk with our informed guide.

     

    Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment. 

     

    Distance:approx 1 mile

     

    Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins