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Wells Cathedral

Built between 1175 and 1490 Wells Cathedral has been described as “the most poetic of the English Cathedrals”.

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The Bishop's Palace

This splendid medieval palace has been the home of the Bishops of Bath & Wells for over 800 years.

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Vicars' Close

Adjoining the Cathedral is Vicars’ Close, believed to be the only complete medieval street left in England. 

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Activities by category


The attractions listed here are the main highlights in Wells and the surrounding area - just perfect for a long weekend. All of these attractions are less than 25 miles from Wells with a maximum journey time by car of up to 45 minutes. Our Wells & Area Touring Map, which you can print out, shows where all these features are located.


Nature reserves and landscapes

The landscape of the Northern area of Somerset is diverse to say the least. From the Mendip Hills, down to the Levels and eventually to the coast the landscape changes from heathland and dry stone walls to flat grazing land drained by rhynes to long sandy beaches along the Bristol Channel.

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Shopping and markets

Listings for local shops and national retailers.

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Festivals and carnivals

The City of Wells now hosts festivals throughout the year.

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