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Wells Cathedral

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Wells Cathedral

About

Set in the medieval heart of England’s smallest city and an easy journey from Bristol by car or public transport (Mendip Explorer Bus 376 from Bristol to Wells) Wells Cathedral was built between 1175 and 1490 and has been described as “the most poetic of the English Cathedrals”.

Wells is the earliest English Cathedral to be built in the Gothic style. The current building is a significant landmark in the South West of England, has an international reputation and is top rated on TripAdvisor for things to do in Wells and in Somerset.

Wells Cathedral welcomes thousands of visitors each year who join in with regular daily services and events or who come simply to enjoy the calm and hospitality of this wonderful and holy place.

Entry
Wells Cathedral is open daily and they invite all of their visitors to join any of their services and events (which include a regular series of free lunchtime concerts and organ recitals). Donations are very welcome on entry; English Cathedrals receive no regular funding from the Government or the Church of England towards maintenance and development work and, here at Wells they have to raise £4.5k each day.

Highlights
Wells Cathedral has unique features that separate it from other English cathedrals including its iconic West Front and the beautiful ‘scissor arches’ supporting the central tower, as well as one of the largest collections of historic stained glass in the country. The Cathedral also boasts the famous Wells Clock (which is considered to be the second oldest clock mechanism in Great Britain), the fascinating octagonal Chapter House and one of only four chained libraries in the UK.

Tours
Free daily tours of the Cathedral are available all year except Sundays. Or discover hidden spaces and chambers, explore the south transept roof space and marvel at the nave from a very different perspective via the Cathedral's popular and longer High Parts tours which can be pre-booked via the website at www.wellscathedral.org.uk/visit/tours. The Cathedral also runs 20 minute weekly window, stone carvings and embroidery ‘walks’ (Saturday and Wednesday mornings, April-October). Guided tours for group visits can also be pre-booked via the Visits team at visits@wellscathedral.uk.net.

Families
When term breaks up the Cathedral offers creative workshops for children accompanied by their parents or guardians. They also provide free family trail leaflets which are available free of charge on arrival and which help children to learn about the main highlights and history of the Cathedral. See their website for details of all activities for families and children.

Vicars' Close
Adjoining the Cathedral is Vicars’ Close, believed to be the only complete medieval street left in England. Vicars’ Close was designed to provide accommodation for the Vicars Choral, who sing the daily services, and this is still the case today. This centuries-old tradition is unique and a much valued part of the continuing life of Wells Cathedral.

Make a Day of It
A warm welcome awaits you at the Cathedral's shop which stocks a wide range of unique mementoes and gifts. Their café is also open daily for coffee, delicious home-made lunches and afternoon teas.

Extras

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from TravelWest.info

Public Transport Directions

For comprehensive information about getting here by public transport, please visit TravelWest.info

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    2850
  • Very Good
    547
  • Average
    71
  • Poor
    17
  • Terrible
    5

Recent Reviews:

  • Jackie34Lymington
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    A wonderful cathedral .
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 14th September 2019
    We spent a good few hours in here a fabulous cathedral with the wow factor , we had a tour from a very informative and jolly guide ! Lots of scenarios and interesting stories . My husband and friend... Read full review
  • N3618HPcharlotteb
    Winchester, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Stunning building
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 15th September 2019
    Wells Cathedral is absolutely beautiful. My partner and I spent the day in Wells & spent around an hour walking inside the Cathedral and it’s grounds. You are asked to make a donation on entry. They... Read full review
  • Petermac-red
    Buckhorn, Canada
    Stunning church
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 17th September 2019
    Wells cathredral is one of the most amazing churches I have seen. The scissor arches are spectacular and the Chapter House is wonderful particularly the worn stone steps leading up. Read full review
Cathedral Green
Wells
BA5 2UE

Tel: +44 (0)1749 674483

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* 7am - 7pm (Apr – Sept)
7am - 6pm (Oct – Mar)

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