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High Parts Tours at Wells Cathedral


Climb the spiral staircase to walk in the footsteps of Wells Cathedral masons with behind-the-scenes tours of the Cathedral’s High Parts; one of the most memorable things to do in Wells!

Tour participants will discover hidden spaces, galleries and chambers not always open to the public! 

  • Including behind the famous Wells clock
  • See one of only two surviving tracing floors in the country where masons drew templates on the floor
  • Walk along the singing gallery and learn about trumpet holes!
  • Explore the south transept roof space
  • And marvel at the nave from a very different perspective!

"If you’re reading this go online and book the high parts tour… it’s a fascinating 90 min tour of the upper areas of Wells Cathedral … you won’t be disappointed!” (TripAdvisor feedback)

Tours run daily (not Sundays). Bookings can be made via the Cathedral's website up to 24 hours prior to the tour taking place.

Children under the age of 10 years are not permitted on the tour. Children between the ages of 10 and 16 years must be accompanied by one adult for every two children, unless they are part of an organised youth group when at least two adults must be in attendance. Any visitors with a fear of heights or confined spaces and/in poor health should consider carefully their suitability for the tour. There are up to 250 steps, uneven floors, low ceilings and the narrowest point is just 60cm (2ft.) wide. The tour route does not include access to the top of the tower.

The stairs are steep and narrow in places; therefore it is essential you wear suitable clothing and footwear and so not carry handbags or rucksacks or anything with a strap, including cameras. Secure storage will be provided. High heels, flip flops, in bare feet will not be admitted on the tour. Sandals must be securely fastened front and back.

Full Terms and Conditions of booking are available on the Cathedral's website. 

Medieval Wells is easily reached by both car and public transport. Situated approximately 20 miles from Bath, driving time is approx 40 minutes and there are several car parks within five to ten minutes walk of the Cathedral. Regular bus services to and from Wells also operate from Bath (No. 173).

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