Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral

Last Updated on February 21, 2024 by Suzy

Things to do at Wells Cathedral review

Wells Cathedral is located in the centre of Wells, Somerset. It was built around 1175 as a Roman Catholic cathedral and it became an Anglican cathedral when King Henry VIII split from Rome, with later work up to 1490.

It is moderately sized for an English cathedral and it has been labelled as one of the most beautiful cathedrals. It is more gothic in its features than other cathedrals in England. It has unique features that separate it from other English cathedrals including its iconic West Front and beautiful scissor arches that support the central tower.

The cathedral also has one of the largest collections of historic stained glass in the country. It is also home to the famous Wells clock which is considered to be the second oldest clock mechanism in the UK. There are free, daily tours of the cathedral all year round except on Sundays. You will be able to discover hidden spaces and chambers and explore the south transept roof space. Tours can be prebooked online.

During the school holidays, they are often workshops for children and they also provide free, family trails with leaflets that are available free, of charge. Adjoining the cathedral is Vicar’s close which is believed to be the only complete medieval street left in England. It originally provided accommodation for the Vicars Choral who sing the daily services and this is still the case today.

FAQ and Further Information Wells Cathedral

Is there food and drink available?

There is a cafe serving food and drinks.

What are the main things to do?

Magnificent gothic cathedral with daily guided tours, additional activities in school holidays and a medieval street. There are toilets and a cafe.

What are the ticket prices?

*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Entry is by donation РAdults £8 and under 10s are free, .

Is there parking?

There is parking nearby and charges apply.

When are they open?

Wells Cathedral is open all year. For up-to-date opening times please visit their website.

Dog friendly?

Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome. They are not permitted on the tours.

Are they accessible?

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