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Things to do in Wells

There are plenty of interesting things to do in Wells. England’s smallest cathedral city is home to some stunning architecture. Many of the buildings are of historical interest and there is a wide range of independent shops to explore. You really won’t be stuck for things to do in Wells.

Wells Cathedral is directly opposite the hotel. 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 which is directly opposite the hotel. It features around 300 statues and carvings. Inside the cathedral are stunning inverted scissor arches and one of the oldest working mechanical clocks in the world. A stroll to the Cathedral should be high up on any list of things to do in Wells!

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

Wells Cathedral Shop Special Offer
Hotel guests can receive a free gift with every £5 spent in the Cathedral shop and benefit from a 10% discount on food and drink bought in the Cathedral Café. Simply show a valid hotel room key to take advantage of these offers. Valid until 31.12.17.

Bishop’s Palace Special Offer
Hotel guests can benefit from a 20% discount on the entry price into the Bishop’s Palace. Simply show a valid hotel room key at the entrance. Valid until 31.12.17.

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Vicars’ Close can lay claim to being the oldest, continuously inhabited, residential street in Europe. This street is located just off the Cathedral Green, directly opposite the hotel. The houses form an amazingly symmetrical pattern either side of the cobbled street.

Wells Market Place  has a twice weekly market held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are over 50 stalls offering an interesting array of goods. The market was voted Best South West Farmers’ Market in the Taste of Somerset awards 2014 and is well worth a visit.

Cedars Hall is a new, state-of-the-art performance centre just a short stroll from the hotel. The venue will be playing host to a number of concerts in the coming months.

Things to do in Wells – Local Events

This takes place until 29 August 2017 at Wells Museum.
This exhibition marks the centenary of World War One. It is a four-year long exhibition and programme of events.

Saturday 8 July
Over five hours of amazing flying displays and an extensive static display will feature historic naval aircraft and their modern-day counterparts in spectacular role demonstrations.  UK and foreign military formation and solo display teams have also been invited to participate at the airshow.
RNAS Yeovilton

Saturday 5 August
There will be “Good Vibrations” at this year’s Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza as Beach Boys Co-Founder Brian Wilson is to headline.
Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury

Monday 14 – Saturday 19 August
England Mounted Games Association is delighted to be hosting the 12th European Championships at the Bath and West Showground. Teams from all over Europe and supporters from all over the world will be welcome at this fantastic event, which aims to be the greatest European Championships ever.
Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet

Friday 8 – Sunday 10 September
Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet

Friday 15 September
A fundraising black tie dinner at the hotel with charity raffle and auction. £30.00 per person – Tickets are available from the hotel reception.
Heads Up

23 September- 8 October
Somerset Art Weeks is the unique celebration of Visual Arts in Somerset.
Various venues across Somerset

Friday 17 November
The Somerset Carnivals are highly regarded as the largest illuminated procession in the world.

Thursday 23 November – Sunday 10 December
Looking for a truly fantastic festive shopping experience? Each year the centre of Bath is transformed into a magical Christmas shopper’s paradise, as over 170 chalets packed full of gorgeous Christmas gifts line the streets surrounding the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey.
Abbey Churchyard, Bath

More things to do in Wells while staying at the hotel.


Wells Walking Tours offer a range of interesting walks. You are bound to find out an array of interesting facts from local guide Siobhan Goodwin. This is another of the popular things to do in Wells.

Things to do in Wells & the surrounding area

Also close by is the town of Glastonbury. While the area is probably most famous for the music festival nearby, the town has interesting shops and vegetarian restaurants to explore. The iconic Glastonbury Tor is well worth walking to and offers a great view of the surrounding countryside. Those seeking the great outdoors should enjoy the Mendips. These ancient range of hills are designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The cities of Bath and Bristol are a short drive away. Bristol is an exciting, cutting-edge city with many award-winning restaurants and boutique shops. They allow easy access to the M4, M5 and Bristol International Airport.

Things to do in Wells – Attractions close by include:

There are plenty of things to do in Wells. Visit Somerset to find out more about what’s on in the local area.