Following the launch of Ely’s Escape Room's, Oliver Cromwell’s House is pleased to announce the reopening of 'The Curious Case of Curator Chadwick' from 22nd May 2021.
Here's a snippet about the plot! It's 1910 and the Vicar of St. Mary's Church has rented the Tithe Room out of the Vicarage to his dear friend, Curator Cornelius Chadwick. After a few weeks, he mysteriously disappears! Come and search for clues, solve the puzzles and discover the whereabouts of the enigmatic Curator.
Sessions are priced at £95 per group. Sessions are suitable for groups of 4 - 6. To find out more then please click on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). The activity also lends itself to the corporate market and work parties. We are also able to offer young people's parties (aged 13 to 16). To discuss your requirements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01353 662062.
Sunday 16th May 2.00 pm
The tours start at Oliver Cromwell's House.
This expanded tour takes in the city centre as well as the stunning views. Learn about the draining of the fens, the life of the Fen Folk and how the river serves visitors and residents today. This is a rare opportunity to experience Ely's captivating riverside with the additional information provided by one of our experienced guides.
Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
Distance approx 1 - 1.5 miles
Time 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins
House Detectives Tour - Every Monday throughout July - 2 pm - 4 pm £15.50 per person
Join our Architectural Historial and unlock the story of this important Ely landmark. Discover the secrets of this iconic building and the changes it has undertaken over the last 800 years. All from outside, whatever the weather. The oldest part of the house does in fact date back to the 12th Century - can you guess which part? Come and find out. Coffee and Cake at Poets House afterwards for a Q & A session.
Meet outside Oliver Cromwell's House.
Saturday 15th May 11.00 am.
The departs from Oliver Cromwell's House.
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.
Distance: approximately 1 mile
Duration: 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 30 mins
The Celestial Medlar - a sinister time-travelling magician!
Based on the Escape Room principle, this activity is designed to accommodate between 20 and 40 people and provides a unique journey through history in a thrilling adventure. Your group will be divided into four teams and then they will be pitched against one another with the task of completing a series of puzzles in the quickest time. Each team will have to visit four rooms within Oliver Cromwell’s House and work out the puzzles that when put together, will give you your ultimate answer. Your challenge is to complete the assignment before any of the other teams.
Complete with an awards ceremony at the end, this fun activity takes approximately 90 minutes and is priced at £25 per person. The event can be undertaken after 5.30 pm on a day of your choice, subject to availability.
Please call us on 01353 662062 if you are interested in booking this 'Escape Room' using the whole house, it's ideal for Corporate Team Building !
Wednesday 23rd June 11 am - 12.30 pm
Visit Mrs Cromwell's original kitchen and watch old recipes come to life. Have you ever had beef with rose hips? Have you ever wondered what you would drink if water was poisonous? Join our local guide and food historian, Nora Gardner, in a tasting session of authentic recipes from the 17th century as well as some of the modern equivalents.
Learn about a variety of flavours and ingredients that featured in Mrs Cromwell's cooking, visit her original kitchen and discover how food, manners and equipment have changed over the centuries ! Take advantage of the 10% discount on the newly transcribed 'Mrs Cromwell's Cookbook' - details in our gift shop.
Tickets - £20 per person
Ely Pubs - Past & Present
Starting at the Cromwell Arms (Oliver Cromwell's House), your tour will take you on a circular journey learning all about the social and economic history of the Inns and Ale Houses within the City of Ely. The tour concludes at the Prince Albert, Silver Street where you can enjoy a pint of real ale or a glass of wine (included in the ticket), plus 10% discount on the book 'Ely Inns' by Patrick Ashton, available from Oliver Cromwell's House gift shop.