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Wells Cathedral, Wells

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Architectural Building
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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  • just a church. I think the msn that promoted double-edged. but they have to trouble given. How are blowing the film hot fuzz in this place left.
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  • Beautiful cathedral, steeped in history, well worth a visit. Plenty of staff to answer any questions you may have, all very knowledgeable.  more »
  • As the title - Don't know what to say, breathless, stunning, what a wonderful place to visit ! So very well preserved, very well presented, a wonderful and enriching place to visit. Look up the Cathed...  more »
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  • Great attention to detail in the elaborate stonework and carvings and the glorious stained glass windows. Magnificent organ as well as a very old clock which is thought to be the second oldest astronomical clock dating back to 1325. All in all though its no more impressive than many of the other cathedrals in this area and I found the Bishops Palace next door more interesting.
  • What an amazing find. Not just a cathedral, but a collection of buildings! Friendly, informative staff. Be sure to visit the library. The man on duty gave us a brief history. One could tell how much he loves his work; his excitement was contagious. I visit every cathedral I come across and I've never seen one with scissor arches. Lunch in the cafe was decent, very nice cheese scone. Must see the vicar's close next to the cathedral. Probably the most perfect street ever!
  • Stunning inside. Beautiful cloisters. Staff are welcoming. Fantastic little shop, if a bit expensive. Definitely pop in if passing by.
  • Absolutely stunning place. We were lucky to turn up just as a tour guide was starting, which I highly recommend. And perfectly timed to the hour as we witnessed the clock strike.
  • A beautiful Cathedral absolutely steeped in history. Breathtaking. BUT.... why have a ''£5 suggested donation'' for entry???? Ridiculous really. Especially as my son and I live in Wells. Every time we enter we are expected to pay this and if not get horrid glances. I think it's a real shame they ask for money when the trust is very well taken care of. Greed.