Ely is best known for its stunning cathedral – ‘the ship of the Fens’ – which rises magically out of the low-lying wetland landscape. But there’s plenty more to enjoy in this tranquil place which, although a city in name, is a market town at heart. Seek out some unique bargains at the amazing Waterside Antiques Centre, a former Maltings by the quayside crammed top to bottom with goodies. Explore local history at Cromwell’s House and museum. Or simply relax with a pint by the Great Ouse, watching the narrowboats making their gentle progress.