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Wells Cathedral, Wells

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Dating back to the 12th century, Wells Cathedral stands as a fine example of Gothic architecture. Take one of the daily tours to see the most significant details and to hear a colorful history of the building. If specific areas of the cathedral interest you, opt for one of the themed tours. Take one to the top of the tower, where you'll earn expansive views of Wells and the surrounding countryside if the weather's clear. Venture into the library, which contains many books from the 16th and 17th centuries. And view one of Britain's most significant arrays of stained-glass windows. However you choose to visit the cathedral, make sure you head to the north transept to watch knights joust on the 14th-century astronomical clock. Check the schedule of services before you visit, because some areas close when the congregation meets. Put Wells Cathedral at the forefront of your travel plans using our Wells vacation generator.
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  • Wells Cathedral has a very distinctive profile with its rather truncated-looking towers. However, it is set in a beautiful location with the Vicars' Close just round the corner and the green and busy ...  more »
  • Unfortunately I didn't manage to go inside as there was a service on and we had to leave before the service was over, but the outside is stunning. I have been to many cathedrals and I always find them...  more »
  • Stunning, unique scissor arch is a must-see. Our guided tour was free and excellent. Don't miss the cathedral's ancient clock and its jousting knights! If a concert is on offer, do attend; the one we ...  more »
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  • Looked good from outside, suggested donation put me off. Went to Worcester cathederal the day before, free and absolutely amazing. Don't understand why you are pressured to pay at wells
  • Lovely Cathedral. The entrance is much better now that it has been completed (Last time I visited it wasn't there). Good to look around and experience.
  • The architecture is so detailed and the acoustics blinding. Beautiful gardens and a very old working clock a must see
  • Stunning - absolutely worth a visit, especially on a sunny day to take in the grandure of the city as a whole.
  • Fascinating 14th century cathedral to visit, especially the clock outside.