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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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  • Wells is a parking nightmare there is no parking anywhere near the Cathedral especially when there are events on. People have to park on double yellow lines in order to attend an event and the... 
    Wells is a parking nightmare there is no parking anywhere near the Cathedral especially when there are events on. People have to park on double yellow lines in order to attend an event and the...  more »
  • Absolutely amazing place. Real sense of power, tranquility, and history. The absolute highlight was the clock! Architectural features are world class. Incredible library. 
    Absolutely amazing place. Real sense of power, tranquility, and history. The absolute highlight was the clock! Architectural features are world class. Incredible library.  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed walking around this beautiful building for a small donation (£6 suggested and more than worth it) The architecture alone makes it worth it. 
    We thoroughly enjoyed walking around this beautiful building for a small donation (£6 suggested and more than worth it) The architecture alone makes it worth it.  more »
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  • Lovely cathedral, well worth a visit. Nice refectory so you can stop off for something to eat and drink. Good gift shop too. Make sure to have a look at the clock in the east transept and be sure to visit the chapter house. Recommended.
  • Beautiful cathedral! Wells is known as the cathedral city, and is also one of the smallest towns in UK. The cathedral itself is very well managed and offers rich history. A must visit! Entry is free, but they do encourage you to donate towards the maintenance of the church.
  • Absolutely stunning Cathedral to visit. Be sure to see the clock when the horse men come out. My husband can remember his mother taking him to see the clock as a young boy and here we are some 60 years later smiling and looking up at the same clock. Such a joy to see.
  • Such a stunning place. The cathedral is breathtaking. There is so much to see inside! We were greeted by a lovely lady that told us a little about the building. There’s lovely art inside as well!
  • Such a lovely place to visit the cathedral is just spectacular definitely worth going. To enter is only a small donation. We also went to the little Market they have on, on a Wednesday and Saturday lots of nice little stalls.

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