Situated within an easy drive from Bath and set in the medieval heart of England’s smallest city, Wells is the earliest English Cathedral to be built in the Gothic style. The Cathedral has an international reputation and is the recipient of several Tourism Excellence Awards.
Tours and Activities
Join a free guided tour with experienced and enthusiastic guides, these take place daily (Monday-Saturday) and there is no need to book. Special interest tours are also available and pre-bookable, running on specific dates during the year including the ever-popular High Parts Tours where visitors can walk in the footsteps of Cathedral masons to discover hidden spaces, galleries and chambers at height (see www.wellscathedral.uk.net/visit/tours)!
Free family activity leaflets are available free of charge on arrival to help children learn about the main highlights and history of the Cathedral through a fun trail. And during the school holidays Wells Cathedral offers sessions for children accompanied by their parents or guardians.
Allow at least one to two hours to truly experience the wonder of this beautiful Cathedral or make a day of it and stay to hear the world-famous Wells Cathedral choir at Evensong (5:15pm Monday–Saturday, 3pm Sunday). Wells Cathedral welcomes visitors every day of the year and donations are welcome as English Cathedrals receive no regular funding from the Government or the Church of England towards maintenance, restoration and development work.
Adjoining the Cathedral is Vicars’ Close, which is thought to be the most complete example of a medieval Close in the UK. Vicars’ Close was designed to provide accommodation for the Vicars Choral, who sing the daily services, and this is still the case today. No. 22 is the house which remains closest to the original medieval appearance of them all, having been restored to its original proportions in 1863.
Make a Day of It
A warm welcome also awaits you at the two Cathedral shops which stock a wide range of unique mementoes and gifts that are individually designed and locally sourced. The café is also open daily for coffee, delicious home-made lunches and afternoon teas. All profits generated from the shops and café are used to help maintain the ministry and fabric of Wells Cathedral.