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Wells Cathedral

Cathedral Green, Wells, BA5 2UE

Type:Cathedral/Minster

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About

Set in the medieval heart of England’s smallest city and an easy journey from Bath by car or public transport, Wells Cathedral was built between 1175 and 1490 and has been described as “the most poetic of the English Cathedrals." 

Wells is the earliest English Cathedral to be built in the Gothic style. The current building is a significant landmark in South West England, with an international reputation. 

Wells Cathedral welcomes thousands of visitors each year who join in with regular daily services and events or who come simply to enjoy the calm and hospitality of this wonderful and holy place.

Entry

Wells Cathedral is open daily and they invite all of their visitors to join any of their services and events (which include a regular series of free lunchtime concerts and organ recitals). Adult tourism visitors are asked to contribute to the upkeep with an admission charge of £8 (£7 for concessions).

Donations are very welcome on entry; English Cathedrals receive no regular funding from the Government or the Church of England towards maintenance and development work and at Wells, £4,500 must be raised each day.

Highlights

Wells Cathedral has unique features that separate it from other English cathedrals including its iconic West Front and the beautiful ‘scissor arches’ supporting the central tower, as well as one of the largest collections of historic stained glass in the country. The Cathedral also boasts the famous Wells Clock (which is considered to be the second oldest clock mechanism in Great Britain), the fascinating octagonal Chapter House and one of only four chained libraries in the UK.

Tours

Free daily tours of the Cathedral are available all year except Sundays. Alternatively, discover hidden spaces and chambers, explore the south transept roof space and marvel at the nave from a very different perspective via the Cathedral's popular and longer High Parts tours which can be pre-booked via the website at www.wellscathedral.org.uk/visit/tours. The Cathedral also runs 20 minute weekly window, stone carvings and embroidery ‘walks’ (Saturday and Wednesday mornings, April-October). Guided tours for group visits can also be pre-booked via the Visits team at visits@wellscathedral.uk.net.

Families

When term breaks up, the Cathedral offers creative workshops for children accompanied by their parents or guardians. They also provide free family trail leaflets which are available free of charge on arrival and which help children to learn about the main highlights and history of the Cathedral. See their website for details of all activities for families and children.

Vicars' Close

Adjoining the Cathedral is Vicars’ Close, believed to be the only complete medieval street left in England. Vicars’ Close was designed to provide accommodation for the Vicars Choral, who sing the daily services, and this is still the case today. This centuries-old tradition is unique and a much valued part of the continuing life of Wells Cathedral.

Make a Day of It

A warm welcome awaits you at the Cathedral's shop which stocks a wide range of unique mementoes and gifts. Their café is also open daily for coffee, delicious home-made lunches and afternoon teas.

Cathedral Card

The new 'Cathedral Card' has replaced the Annual Pass, meaning visitors can make the most of their Cathedral the year round with a one-off purchase. No more admission donations will be requested, and card holders can enjoy a range of exclusive benefits as a thank you for their continued support.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adults£8.00 per ticket
Concessions (11-18, Students, 65+)£7.00 per ticket
Family ticket£20.00 per ticket
Under 10sFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Facilities

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Families

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Show Facilities

Awards

  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* 7am - 7pm April to September
7am - 6pm October to March

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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Public Transport Directions

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Map and Directions

Road Directions

Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from TravelWest.info
  Bath is operating a charging Clean Air Zone. Owners of all higher emission vehicles – except private cars and motorbikes – will need to pay to drive in the city centre. To check if you need to pay or to apply for an exemption or discount, go to bathnes.gov.uk/BathCAZ
 

Public Transport Directions

For comprehensive information on how to get here using public transport, visit TravelWest.info
  Bath is operating a charging Clean Air Zone. Owners of all higher emission vehicles – except private cars and motorbikes – will need to pay to drive in the city centre. To check if you need to pay or to apply for an exemption or discount, go to bathnes.gov.uk/BathCAZ
 
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