Wells Cathedral

Cathedral Green, Wells, BA5 2UE

Tel: +44 (0)1749 674483

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Wells Cathedral exterior

About

Set in the medieval heart of England’s smallest city, and an easy journey from Bristol and Bath by car or public transport, 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 South West England, with an international reputation. 

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). Adult tourism visitors are asked to contribute to the upkeep with an admission charge of £8 (£7 for concessions).

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.

Cathedral Card
The Cathedral Card replaces the Annual Pass, meaning visitors can make the most of their Cathedral the year round with a one-off purchase. No more admission donations requested when they visit, plus a range of exclusive benefits as a thank you for the continued support.

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* 7am - 7pm April to September
7am - 6pm October to March

Awards

  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

Further Information

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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    • Very Good
      618
    • Average
      92
    • Poor
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    Recent Reviews:

    • Middletonlass
      Banbury, United Kingdom
      Beautiful building
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 10th April 2024
      Beautiful cathedral, the architecture is amazing. Donation to get in, we paid £7 each (suggested amount). Wells is a small city. We parked in the council carpark next to the bus station. Near the... Read full review
    • Laura S
      Great tour, but rude staff on the front desk
      2 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 13th April 2024
      We went on the Chained Library Tour today, which was fantastic. The tour leaders were extremely knowledgeable and friendly and it was wonderful to see a new part of the Cathedral. The tour was... Read full review
    • F8356KTpeterg
      Jersey, United Kingdom
      Costly Cathedral
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 18th April 2024
      The cathedral is no doubt an absolute marvel too see, stunning architecture and set in a lovely spot. As from Monday 22nd April 2024 it will cost an adult £14 to enter, disgusting i think, i stood... Read full review

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