These four gardens will all be open on Sunday 23 July from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. A £6 adult ticket gives you access to all gardens.
Bishop’s House Garden
This is a beautiful and ancient walled garden adjoining the monastic Bishop’s House and the Cathedral. It includes three separate
walled areas, a traditional rose garden, an orchard and a central area with borders.
Address: Bishop’s House Garden, The Gallery, Ely, CB7 4DW
12 Chapel Street
This very personal, family garden is situated in the middle of Ely and has been carefully developed since 1976 to integrate the owners’ twin passions of plants and steam railways! Not many gardens offer a railway and steam train alongside such a range of interesting plants. This small garden is full of surprises and interest.Over the years, the garden has been divided into areas of special interest. There is a small pond, with associated rock garden and rill. This serves as a habitat for frogs and other aquatic wildlife as well as accommodating rock-loving plants and some ofthe more tough alpines. A fuller collection of more demanding alpine plants are grown and propagated in a dedicated alpine house. The fl ower beds contain an eclectic collection of plants gathered by the owners on their travels: gingers from Cornwall, tender plants from the Isles of Scilly and a protea carried back from Madeira as hand luggage.Ken and Linda provide all the planting for the town such as hanging baskets, etc.There is limited parking in Chapel Street (blue badge holders only) or Nutholt Lane opposite police station/St Mary’s Street/Barton Road car parks.
Address: 12 Chapel Street, Ely, CB6 1AD
By Kindly Permission of: Ken and Linda Ellis
The Old Palace Garden
Soak up the splendor of the garden of Ely’s beautiful Old Palace. Located just a stone’s throw from Ely Cathedral, the former Bishop’s Palace is now home to King’s Ely’s state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre. The palace dates back to the 15th century and in the 1940s was used as a hospital for wounded servicemen, run by the British Red Cross.Approximately 1.5-acres in size, the main attraction of the garden is a spectacular London Plane Tree, which is believed to have been planted in the 17th century by former bishop Peter Gunning. It is believed to be the oldest London Plane Tree in Europe. There is also a natural pond (mostly fenced) and new areas of planting surround the large lawns, making this a wonderful garden to wander through.
Address: The Old Palace Garden, Palace Green, Ely, CB7 4EW
By Kindly Permission of: The governors and principal of King’s Ely
3 Palace Green
This is a lovely old English walled garden adjoining a beautiful house (not open). It includes herbaceous plants, old clematis and lawned areas.
Address: 3 Palace Green, Ely, CB7 4EW
By Kindly Permission of: Mrs Mary Turner