City guide: What to do in Wells

June 13, 2023

Wells, located in Somerset, England, is a historic city known for its stunning cathedral and picturesque surroundings. Here are some of the best places to visit and things to do in Wells:  
View of Wells Cathedral is in Wells, Somerset, England, UK
 
  1. Wells Cathedral: Start your visit by exploring Wells Cathedral, one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. Admire the intricate Gothic architecture, marvel at the stunning stained glass windows, and take a guided tour to learn about the cathedral's history and significance.
  1. Vicars' Close: Adjacent to Wells Cathedral, you'll find Vicars' Close, a charming medieval street believed to be the oldest continually inhabited street in Europe. Take a stroll along this picturesque lane lined with historic houses and soak up the atmosphere of times gone by.
  1. The Bishop's Palace and Gardens: Visit The Bishop's Palace, a medieval palace surrounded by beautiful gardens and a moat. Explore the stunning architecture, walk across the drawbridge, and take a leisurely stroll through the gardens, including the tranquil well pools.
  1. Wookey Hole Caves: Venture just outside Wells to Wookey Hole Caves, a network of limestone caves with impressive rock formations and underground rivers. Take a guided tour to learn about the caves' history, explore the chambers, and marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites.
  1. Wells Market: Experience the vibrant atmosphere of Wells Market, held in the Market Place twice a week (Wednesday and Saturday). Browse a variety of stalls offering fresh produce, local crafts, antiques, and more. It's a great place to sample local delicacies and find unique souvenirs.
  1. Bishops Palace Gardens: Take a peaceful walk through the Bishops Palace Gardens, located adjacent to The Bishop's Palace. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings, wander through the rose garden, and relax by the moat while taking in the views of the cathedral and palace.
  1. Wells and Mendip Museum: Learn about the history and heritage of Wells and the surrounding area at the Wells and Mendip Museum. Discover artifacts, displays, and exhibits that showcase the region's geology, archaeology, and social history.
  1. Glastonbury Tor: While not located directly in Wells, a visit to Glastonbury Tor is highly recommended. Climb to the top of this iconic hill, which is steeped in history and mythology, and enjoy panoramic views of the Somerset countryside.
  When staying in Wells, Pass the Keys offers professionally managed vacation rentals, ensuring a comfortable and convenient base for exploring the city and its surrounding attractions.  
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