Ely Boathouse

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£2250 - £2250 for Venue Hire
Up to 100
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
The ecologically designed home of Cambridge University rowing, situated on the waterfront with views of the beautiful River Ouse and Ely Cathedral, the Ely Boathouse is a spacious and versatile venue.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

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Our cost is for venue hire only allowing you to tailor the day according to your wishes. We have recommended caterers and furniture hire as well as the capability to house a marquee. Arrangements can be made for set up and clear up dependent on the day and season. We have a coordinator, Karine who can show you around the venue and help with access and any questions.
What is included in this pricing:
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)
Exclusive use
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
Usual Finish Time

Ceremony & Reception

Sound System Available
Dancefloor Available
Confetti Permitted


Water View
Exclusive Use
Marquee Permitted
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Full Description
Aside from being the celebrated home of Cambridge Rowing, Ely Boathouse with its state-of-the -art building on the banks of the River Ouse provides a tranquil and picturesque setting for your wedding function. The venue offers both inside and outside space, allowing you to design a bespoke event in accordance with your own tastes and desires. The upstairs floor with wrap-around picture windows has access to a balcony overlooking the river with views of the iconic Ely cathedral, providing a perfect backdrop for photographs. The upper floor offers an airy and versatile space for formal seating or a more casual buffet set up and, of course, room for a DJ and a dance floor. The venue allows for up to 100 formally seated guests. For those searching for a more casual set up, the boat ‘hard” leading down to the river is perfect for drinks or for hired catering vans and can even accommodate a marquee. The beauty of the Boathouse as a venue is that it is a blank canvas, not only allowing your own colour scheme and decoration but you can tailor the whole reception to your own budget and requirements. Hire is for a one-off cost for the exclusive use of the Boathouse and you can arrange your own catering company (kitchen on site) and arrange your own bar and music. There is no corkage fee. This means that you can host a private and highly personalised celebration in a special and unique setting.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Karine Chastang
Please do get in touch. The beauty of our venue is the fact that it is a blank canvas to arrange the event as you like with your own catering and drink.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
Less than 10
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
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Location & Contact Details


Ely Boathouse, Queen Adelaide, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4UB, England

Travel Notes

Ely is only 12 miles from Cambridge and is accessible via the A10 or A14. Upon arrival, Ely has a variety of free long stay and short stay car parks as well as local hotels for accommodation. Alternatively you can hire a minibus/bus to transport your guests to their accommodationeg in Cambridge.

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction

Nearest Train Station


Nearest Airport

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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

Every wedding is amazing, it's not a fair choice!

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Organise it the way you want, not anyone else!

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

Rowers using oars as a gateway over the wedding couple for photographs.

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Peaceful, picturesque, personal, blank-canvas, tranquil.

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

On the balcony with Ely Cathedral in the background.

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

Not per say but a lot of Olympian athletes have trained here ;)

What’s your favourite canapé?

I love everything our wonderful outside caterers have on offer.

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Closing the door on the last guest and going to sleep!

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The view of the river.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

The fact that the boathouse is designed for Cambridge rowers.

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