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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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  • August 20, 2017
    Have visited Wells Cathedral many years ago so wished to return, as my memories of it were positive. I am so glad I went back. This building is stunning! You don't have to be religious to relish the a...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Went down to see my sister and brother in law who have just moved to the area, I had daughters and granddaughter with me so we decided to visit the cathedral such a beautiful place even though there w...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    This is a most imposing and magnificent building with so many carved stone statues there are almost too many to count! Inside the magnificence is continued and some of the architecture is truly amazin...  more »
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  • I live in London but I have stayed for short holidays in Wells on many occasions. The main reason for coming is to see the cathedral. There are plenty of places to visit and the countryside nearby is also worth visiting but the finest place to visit is the cathedral. It is set on the expansive Cathedral Green and the view on a sunny evening (when the sunlight shine on the west front) is amazing. The interior is also of great interest. There is always something new to learn every time you come. The guides and welcoming staff are always very friendly. Then there is the Bishop's Palace next door and the amazing gardens. What more needs to be said.
  • 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.
  • I have lived in Wells most of my life, so I had to leave a review for the cathedral. Probably the biggest draw for tourists to our town which is understandable as it is gorgeous! Very well kept up, staff has always been great every time I have come here.
  • Wow! What a marvel of architecture! Check out the inverted arch holding up the main tower. The stained glass is mind blowing and there is a very old clock here that still chimes on the hour with moving horseback riders👍 Very helpful and friendly staff allowed me to charge my camara battery. Thank you!...
  • Stunning inside. Beautiful cloisters. Staff are welcoming. Fantastic little shop, if a bit expensive. Definitely pop in if passing by.

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Where to stay in Wells

Consider a hotel or B&B in the town center, which circles a Gothic cathedral. Accommodations near the Market Square are also within walking distance of the town's attractions. To save money, consider a cottage farther away from the center with a scenic view of the city.
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