Visiting Oliver Cromwell's House
Descended from the sister of English history’s most iconic and influential statesman, Thomas Cromwell — the man who had Henry VIII’s ear — Oliver Cromwell was, himself, a powerful statesman. The man who led the Parliament of England’s armies against King Charles I and, subsequently, became Lord Protector of England for the last five years of his life had his family home in Ely. That home is, today, open to visitors curious about Cromwell’s personal history as well as the classic Tudor architecture that Ely offers.
The current interior design of Oliver Cromwell’s House, which today acts as a museum, has been recreated to resemble the time in which Cromwell lived. A Civil War exhibition, complete with interactive displays, teaches visitors about the world that Cromwell himself shaped. The house’s 17th century furnishings remain intact and there is even a Function Room that can be rented out by private parties. The house and the local council also organise seasonal events which tie into the history of the house, the town, and Cromwell himself, giving visitors a reason to return.