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Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral is one of the most imposing Cathedrals in England and is a 12th Century
masterpiece. It is both beautiful and historic. It is a centre of Christianity that has
attracted both pilgrims and tourists throughout the centuries. Its calm and light
atmosphere never ceases to inspire.

  Wells Cathedral at a distance

The magnificent West Front contains one of the largest galleries of medieval
sculpture in the world. Starting at the bottom with biblical scenes,
it rises through kings, bishops and various orders of angels to the twelve apostles
with Christ at the top.

In the nave, your eye is drawn to the unique ‘scissor arches.’ The simple yet stunning
design, often mistaken as modern, was in fact a medieval solution to tower foundations that were sinking.  

Wells Cathedral scissor arches

The Wells clock was installed in approximately 1390 and is one of the oldest medieval
clock faces in the world. Every quarter hour, you can watch jousting knights go round
in tournament.

Well-worn steps curve up to the impressive Chapter House which was completed in
1306. This octagonal Chamber was where Clergy met to take care of Cathedral business.
It is still used today on formal occasions.

The Cathedral has one of the most substantial collections of medieval stained glass in
Britain. The most famous is the Jesse Window which escaped destruction
during the English Civil War.

Wells Cathedral arches

The Western end of the Quire forms the oldest part of the present Cathedral.
Flash photography is prohibited here because of all the delicate embroideries.

Vicars’ Close which was completed in 1363 is the only completely medieval street left
in England. It was originally built as lodgings for the men of the choir and is positioned
to the left of the West Front.  

The Cathedral is open to visitors all year around. From April to September, it is open
from 7am to 7pm and during October to March, it is open from 7am to 6pm.