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Wells Cathedral

Open today: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Wells Cathedral awe inspiring from all angles

We visited Wells in August whilst touring around the area; it is good to research what is in the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Andy R
Beautiful place

This was the first time I have visited this beautiful building with it's charming clock, and some... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jeff S
Bodmin, United Kingdom
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Climb the spiral staircase to walk in the footsteps of Cathedral masons with behind-the-scenes tours of Wells Cathedral’s High Parts; the most memorable thing to do in Wells! Discover hidden spaces and chambers, explore the south transept roof space...more
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Wells Cathedral Cathedral Green, Wells BA5 2UE, England
+44 1749 674483
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited Wells in August whilst touring around the area; it is good to research what is in the area as you can view a few wonderful places on the same day if you are a little dynamic. Wells looks incredible from the outside especially...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was the first time I have visited this beautiful building with it's charming clock, and some of the best cloisters I've seen. The achitecture is amazing when the age of the building is taken into consideration. All in all well worth a visit.

Thank Jeff S
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were given an excellent tour by Dr Philip Hickman, who was a wonderful guide. If you ever have the chance go and see it for yourself. The architecture is stunning, especially the Chapter House and Quire. The Cathedral is blessed with an excellent modern...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Paid a donation to have a look around the cathedral. Really interesting. The children enjoyed looking at different areas and all the statues. We sat in the garden listening to the choir practising inside, they’re amazing!

Thank Tracy R
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We have been here loads of time, it’s such an amazing building that we keep coming back. What more can I say. The highlight for my wife was the very chunky cathedral cat who loved all the attention thrust onto it!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Through locked doors, up stone spiral stairways and into roof spaces to explore a 13th century cathedral. You have to be reasonably active but visits to the singers gallery and up to the tower make it well worth the treck. No big cameras allowed (no...More

Thank Carmel K
WellsCathedral, Cathedral Representative at Wells Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Carmel, thank you for your lovely review. So glad that you had a lovely time at the Cathedral.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Have long wanted to visit this masterpiece & was not disappointed. An amazing, historic building in beautiful setting. The stained glass is some of the best I have seen, but so much more to enjoy. Cannot recommend enough.

Thank BattyAnn
Reviewed 1 week ago

You have a chance to see the hotel at a distance and see its scale. Don't forget to see the clock and the chiming figures on the quarter hour.

Thank SteveGrimes
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the loveliest cathedrals and the scissor arches are unique to Wells I believe. The clock is fascinating and dates from around 1390. The dial represents a view of the universe, with sun and moon revolving round a central fixed earth. When the clock...More

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WellsCathedral, Cathedral Representative at Wells Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Katherine, many thanks for your review of Wells Cathedral. So glad you enjoyed your visit and hope that you might return some day.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wells Cathedral looks quite imposing across the Cathedral Green. Amazing masonry skills are evident from over the centuries. The unique scissor arches are the things you will remember, they are stunning and yet are the solution to stop sinking foundations in medieval times. The medieval...More

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8 April 2018|
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Response from Linda F | Reviewed this property |
My husband pointed out that if they halved the price they would get twice the number of visitors. The people collecting the entrance fees were pensioners themselves and quite rude explaining the costs of maintaining the... More
18 March 2018|
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Response from golddigger1957 | Reviewed this property |
The lady on the entrance ask if you like to donate. You can donate inside if you prefer or say no thank you. The money from the cafe also goes into donations. The cafe prices are very reasonable and good quality.
Jennifer M
27 February 2018|
Response from WellsCathedral | Property representative |
Hi Jennifer. Most of Wells Cathedral is accessible. The Chapter House and the Library are not unfortunately accessible due to uneven staircases and the area in the south cloister to the transept is difficult to negotiate... More