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
WELLS REMEMBERS EXHIBITION
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.
WELLS FILM FESTIVAL
26 – 30 April 2017
Special screenings at the independent cinema in Wells and at the Bishop’s Palace. Includes a special outdoor screening of Hot Fuzz to celebrate the film’s 10th anniversary.
THE BATH FESTIVAL
19-28 May 2017
A celebration of words, music and literature. Various venues in and around Bath. Bath Festival
WELLS COMEDY FESTIVAL
26-28 May 2017
The festival brings some of the best comedians in the country to the heart of Somerset all in one jam-packed weekend. Wells Comedy Festival
GIANT FLEA MARKET
Sunday 11 June 2017
Over 250 stalls inside and out, selling a plethora of items from retro-furniture, vintage clothing, garden statuary, crafts, art, jewellery, books and lots more
Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet
More things to do in Wells while staying at the hotel.
A WALK AROUND WELLS
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:
- Cheddar Caves
- Clarks Factory Shopping Village
- East Somerset Railway
- Glastonbury Abbey
- Haynes International Motor Museum
- Hauser & Wirth gallery
- Montacute House
- Museum of Somerset
- Royal Bath and West Showground
- Somerset Nature Reserves
- Somerset Rural Life Museum
- Stourhead Gardens
- The Shoe Museum
- Wells and Mendip Museum
- Wells Golf Club
Residents are entitled to a 20% discount on green fees at Wells Golf Club. Simply present a valid hotel room key card. (Subject to availability.)
- Wells Tourist Information
- Wells Walking Tours
There are plenty of things to do in Wells. Visit Somerset to find out more about what’s on in the local area.