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Wells Cathedral, Wells

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Must see · Religious Site · Architectural Building
Dating back to the 12th century, Wells Cathedral stands as a fine example of Gothic architecture. Take one of the daily tours to see the most significant details and to hear a colorful history of the building. If specific areas of the cathedral interest you, opt for one of the themed tours. Take one to the top of the tower, where you'll earn expansive views of Wells and the surrounding countryside if the weather's clear. Venture into the library, which contains many books from the 16th and 17th centuries. And view one of Britain's most significant arrays of stained-glass windows. However you choose to visit the cathedral, make sure you head to the north transept to watch knights joust on the 14th-century astronomical clock. Check the schedule of services before you visit, because some areas close when the congregation meets. Put Wells Cathedral and other Wells attractions into our Wells road trip app, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Wells claims to be England's smallest city but certainly worth a visit. The cathedral is near the main street, easy to find. It was completed and dedicated in 1239. The west front has a fabulous...  more »
  • Have been driving past Wells for years. Never visited till now. Impressive during the day and very impressive at night with the front lit up.  more »
  • Only popped into the cathedral cafe today, which is a lovely new building located next to the cathedral. Nice coffee, nice cheese scones! The cathedral is definitely worth a visit. One of the best in the UK.
  • No charge to go in just ask for a donation. Stunning glass windows, lots of history and the ceiling is worth a visit in its own. Very good access for disabled people.

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