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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
Regular free scheduled tours take place each day (Monday-Saturday) with an experienced and enthusiastic guide. No need to book.

Free weekly ‘Window Walks’ and ‘Exploring the Embroideries’ walks also take place on most Saturday and Wednesday mornings (April-October) from 11.10am and 11.40am respectively. No need to book, they offer a different theme each month.

They also offer regular fixed date special interest tours which are pre-bookable, run on specific dates during the year. More details of all tours offered are available on the Cathedral’s website.

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

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Public Transport Directions

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

TripAdvisor

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    2199
  • Very Good
    437
  • Average
    56
  • Poor
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  • Terrible
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Recent Reviews:

  • Savas T
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Magnificent place
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 12th January 2018
    If you go to the city of Wells........you go there for a couple of reasons.......this is one of them. Beautiful cathedral. Donations to get in. Lovely place steeped in history.....a great place to... Read full review
  • Nicola B
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Beautiful Cathedral.
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 10th January 2018
    Visited Wells Cathedral in December . Carol service in the Cathedral meant we couldn’t do a full visit but the shop in the Cathedral was very good. Read full review
  • maggieHighWycombe
    high wycombe
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Sunday morning service
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 10th January 2018
    Lovely service, congregation very friendly, beautiful church inside, with a lovely striking clock. It is a must have to visit. Read full review
Cathedral Green
Wells
BA5 2UE

Tel: +44 (0)1749 674483

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

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

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