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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 and other Wells attractions into our Wells road trip app , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We happened to time our visit for when the choir was practising - and it made for an amazing experience. We were spellbound! The stunning architecture of the Chapterhouse was equally impressive, and w...  more »
  • First visit to Wells cathedral and were very surprised at the size and magnificance of it. We joined a one hour tour with was very very good and informative. Although entrance and the tour were free, ...  more »
  • What an incredible cathedral! First, found easy parking nearby in South Street and then cut through M&Co to get to the high street and marketplace so no more than a leisurely 10 minute walk. The cathe...  more »
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  • This cathedral is free to enter although there are places to dropped off a donation. The cathedral is centrally located and probably has the best facade of the country's cathedrals and a stunning lawn in front of it. Inside it is airy and large and there are regular services. Worth a visit and the tourist office is next door.
  • I visited here in 1977 during my tour of Europe and the place is still vivid in my memory. It is a "must-see" if you're in England. It's a lyrical place, so beautiful it sings! I vividly remember a group of choirboys ambling down a path in front of the cathedral with their choir robes slung over their shoulders. I attended an Evensong service in the cathedral. Allow yourself at least two hours in this place, to see the Bishop's Palace and to view the interiors of the majestic buildings. Such ancient beauty, so inspiring. I hope I get to see it again.
  • Stunning 12th century cathedral. The highlight is the Wells Clock. It costs £4000 a day to maintain this beautiful building, and although free to enter, they do encourage you to make a donation. There's a cafe and modern, clean toilet facilities.
  • really nice location. great photo opportunities. wish i had more time to take proper photos
  • An amazing building with a great ambiance. Architecture at its best. Try to catch a choir practice while you visit it well worth waiting for. Allow yourself at least an hour as there is much to explore. Inside this building is like a box of precious gems. Outside is just a breathtaking. This may not be the the biggest cathedral but it a giant in architectural excellence. Wells itself is a beautiful place to visit and has many other gems to explore.
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