Historic Wells


Once you have visited The Bishop’s Palace there is lots to see and do in Wells.

Our neighbour, Wells Cathedral, is open to visitors and offers guided tours throughout the day. With centuries of stories to share it’s definitely worth a visit. The Cathedral and The Bishop’s Palace are separate organisations and admission to the Palace is via paid ticket from the Palace shop and admission to the Cathedral is by donation at their main entrance. Tickets at The Bishop’s Palace are valid for entry all day, so you can come and go as you please. You could even visit the cathedral and then come back to the Palace if you like.

Wells and Mendip Museum is next to the Cathedral and is the home of Wells City Archives: here you can find out more about the history of Wells and surrounding area. The museum is always the hub of any exciting city events so whether it’s Heritage Open Days or a temporary exhibition, there is always something new to see.

Vicars’ Close is a must see! This medieval, cobbled street was built in the 14th century by Bishop Ralph as a residence for the quire to keep them away from the temptations of the town, particularly the ale houses and women! With the Vicars Choral being much better behaved these days the close is still lived in by members of the choir.

If you are here on a Wednesday or Saturday the Somerset Farmers Market is a real treat. Packed with local food producers, and right in the heart of the city, there is a fantastic atmosphere, and if the sight of the scrumptious food cooking doesn’t get you the smells will! Alongside the Farmers Market there is a wonderful selection of gift stalls selling everything from natural skincare and second hand books through to plants and household goodies.

Looking for somewhere to stay or for an evening out? The Crown in the Market Place may look familiar if you are a fan of Hot Fuzz but the links with The Crown go back much further than that. Bishop Bekynton commissioned the building of The Crown back in 1450 and we’ve remained close neighbours ever since.

If you book a stay at The Crown just show your room key in the shop to receive 20% discount on entry to The Bishop’s Palace on a Sunday!

Also nearby is the newly re-vamped boutique hotel The White Hart which has a Michelin starred chef at the restaurant and the beautiful and historic Swan Hotel.

These websites are a great resource for planning your day out in Wells and Somerset.

Wells Cathedral

Wells tourism website

Visit Somerset

Wells City Council

Enjoy your visit!

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