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Chained Library Tours at Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral
Cathedral Green
Chained Library Tours at Wells Cathedral


Tickets - £10. Places do need to be pre-booked and maximum tour numbers apply.


Wells Cathedral has one of the few chained libraries in Britain,  still in its original location built in the 1450s, although the current bookshelves and chains are 17th Century. The Chained Library houses books published before 1800 which were collected by the canons in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, reflecting their wide-ranging intellectual interests. Be aware that access is by a stone spiral staircase and may not be suitable for those with mobility problems. Each tour lasts a full hour and a half.

Wells is easily reached by both car and public transport. Regular bus services to and from Wells operate from Bristol, Bath and other destinations locally. There are several car parks near the Cathedral and a wide range of local cafes, restaurants and bars to help you to make a day of it, including our own Cathedral café.

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Tel: 01749 674483

Opening Times

Opening (19 June 2018)
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