Within an hour’s drive of Bristol is England’s smallest city – Wells. Popular with film-makers and tourists for its medieval architecture and quaint streets, Wells sits at the foothills of the Mendips within easy reach of the bigger cities of the region as well as the beautiful Somerset coast.

Wells is particularly well known for its year-round cultural offerings – film, comedy, art and music festivals and makes a great day trip from Bristol.

Wells Cathedral

No trip to Wells would be complete without a visit to the Cathedral, particularly over the Christmas period. Free daily guided tours are available, or you can explore the beautiful building under your own steam, marvelling at its iconic West Front and the beautiful ‘scissor arches’ supporting the central tower. It also has one of the largest collections of historic stained glass in the country.

The Cathedral also boasts the famous Wells Clock (considered to be the second oldest clock mechanism in Britain), the fascinating octagonal Chapter House and one of only four chained libraries in the UK. 

Wells Cathedral in the City of Wells
Image - Wells Cathedral

Wells Markets

Visiting on a Wednesday or Saturday? Wells’ twice weekly outdoor market is situated in the Market Place and sells a huge range of local produce and goods. 

A view of the tower of Wells Cathedral from Wells Market Place
Image - Wells Market Place

Wells Walking Tours

Make the most of your day out in the city by joining a guided walk. With loads of themes to choose from including heritage, ‘Hot Fuzz’ film locations, children's, literary and ghost walks it’s an easy way to explore Wells and learn more about its fascinating history.

Wells Market Place
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The Bishop’s Palace

The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and the stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy.  There are 14 acres of outstanding RHS Partner gardens to explore, including the beautiful well pools from which the city takes its name.

Bishop's Palace in Wells
Image - Bishop's Palace

Historic buildings

There are five almshouses in the City of Wells, all striking historic buildings as well as residential homes. Wells Museum also houses the local Visitor Information Service, so is a great place to pop in to get information on local activities.

Vicars' Close and Wells Cathedral in the City of Wells
Image - Vicars' Close

How to get there

Situated approximately 20 miles from Bristol, Bath and Bristol Airport, Wells is easily reachable by car or public transport. Hop on a number 376 from Bristol or bring the car and choose from one of several car parks in the city.