Wells has the appearance of a quintessentially English village and is enjoyed by visitors from across the globe.
It is compact, with cobbled streets, medieval architecture and a market square, yet is actually a city – the smallest in England to be precise! Given this accolade by the commanding presence of Wells Cathedral, it is situated in the heart of Somerset, with its name deriving from the three wells within The Bishop’s Palace.
Wells has much to offer whether you choose to visit for a day, or longer, and whatever the season. In fact, in November 2016 it reached The Guardian Travel’s “Ten of the Best Small UK Towns for Winter Breaks”, and a review in The Times in the summer of 2014 stated “With one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the country and a bustling market, this city can charm almost any visitor” Wells also made the Telegraph Travel's Top 20 Cities in Britain for 2017, ranking at number 7.
Our annual calendar hosts high profile events such as The Bishop’s Palace Garden Festival, which received a glistening review in The Telegraph in 2015 and the installation of our new High Sheriff in 2016, even made the New York Times! Other popular events include our Wells Farmers’ Market which takes place every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year, Wells Carnival, The annual Reindeer Parade, The Moat Boat Race, Food Festival, and Wells Literature Festival, an additional highlight to this being that in 2017 VisitEngland celebrate The Year of Literary Heroes.
The aforementioned Cathedral, still a working place of worship, and The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens (now RHS affiliated), are undoubtedly the two main attractions, however, don’t miss the hidden gems such as Vicar’s Close, St Cuthbert’s Church, Wells Museum and The Almshouses. Walking Tours of the city are available to make sure you take it all in!
Wells also prides itself for its many independents shops, cafes and restaurants, selling artisan goods and locally sourced food and drink to suit all tastes.
With its position close to the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is an ideal base for nature lovers, walkers, cyclists and photographers. Close by you will find the well-known destinations of Glastonbury, famous for both its music festival and Tor, Street and Bath, the Somerset seaside towns of Burnham-on-Sea and Weston-super-Mare, Stonehenge and Wookey Hole.
Browse our website to plan your visit to Wells…. We look forward to welcoming you.