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Things to see in Wells

There are plenty of historical and interesting things to see in Wells. 

England’s smallest city is home to stunning architecture, buildings and streets of historical interest and a wide range of independent shops. You really won’t be stuck for things to see in Wells.

Wells Cathedral was constructed between the 12th and 14th centuries.  It is one of the finest national examples of early English architecture.  The Cathedral is famous for its magnificent West Front, featuring approximately 300 statues and carvings. It boasts inverted scissor arches in its nave and features one of the oldest working mechanical clocks in the world. There are many interesting things to see in Wells Cathedral.

The wells, which gave the city its name, are situated within the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace. The Bishops Palace features a 13th-century undercroft, impressive staterooms and peaceful gardens. The swans on the moat are trained to ring a bell for food!

Wells Cathedral Special Offer
Hotel guests who show a valid room key will receive a free gift with every £5 spent in Wells Cathedral Shop and a 10% discount on food and beverages bought in the Wells Cathedral Café. Offer is valid until 31.12.19.

Bishop’s Palace Special Offer
Hotel guests who show a valid room key will receive a 20% discount on entry into the Bishop’s Palace. Offer is valid until 31.12.19.

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Other things to see in Wells

Vicars’ Close can lay claim to being the oldest, continuously inhabited residential street in Europe.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays the historic market place in  Wells is home to over 50 stallholders selling a wide range of produce. The market was voted Best South West Farmers’ Market in the Taste of the West Awards 2014.

Also on our doorstep is Glastonbury Tor and the Mendips, an ancient range of hills designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Close by are the unique cities of Bath and Bristol allowing easy access to the M4, M5 and Bristol International Airport. Bath is renowned for its hot springs, Roman Baths and Georgian stone crescents. Bristol is an exciting, cutting-edge city offering award-winning restaurants and boutique shops and stores.

There are many things to see in Wells.

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For further information about things to see in Wells, please see the Visit Somerset website. The Visit Somerset e-book is packed with ideas and stunning photography of the county. Download a copy of the e-book.