Wells, Britains Smallest City

Wells claim to fame is being the smallest city in Britain and is just 15 minutes away from Church Cottage.  A town becomes a city when it has its own cathedral and Wells boasts one of the most magnificent, Cathedral of St Andrew.  Steeped in history St Andrews was built between 1175 and 1490, replacing an earlier church built on the same site in 705, and was one of the earliest English Cathedral to be built in the Gothic style.  The city itself is very quaint and has lots to see and do.

Wells Catherdral, Wells, Somerset
HIstoric Wells, Somerset with it’s magnificent Cathedral.

Buy

Fresh produce and lots of delicious treats from local farmers and producers are available every Wednesday and Friday at the busy Farmers market.  If you missed the markets then pop into The Queen Street Deli and browse their wonderful selection of local produce.

Wonder

Bishop’s Palace, with its graceful swans gliding around the moat set in the most idyllic picturesque surroundings.  Little ones love to explore the 14 acres of gardens, trying to spot the swans and their cygnets – if they’re lucky, you might even see them ringing the bell for their food!

Explore

Wells Cathedral

The magnificent West Front which contains one of the largest galleries of medieval sculpture in the world, The second-oldest surviving clock face in the world, stunning scissor arches; a medieval solution to sinking tower foundations, One of the most substantial collections of medieval stained glass in England.

Look out for their High Parts Tours – Climb the spiral staircase to walk in the footsteps of Wells Cathedral masons with new behind-the-scenes tours of Wells Cathedral’s High Parts; one of the most memorable things to do in Wells!

Listen

To the exquisite Evensong held in the Quire at Wells Cathedral, every evening at 5:15pm and 3:15pm on Sundays.

Shop

Lots of independent traders here offering you many unique gifts, artefacts and clothing.  Check here for a full list of what’s on the Wells high street.

Eat

Whatever your appetite Wells has something to satisfy.  Really delicious vegetarian fare is served at The Good Earth, The Swan Hotel – Using only the finest ingredients, local where possible, the hotels high standards have been recognised with 2 prestigious AA Rosettes. Diners can enjoy eating alfresco in the tranquil Walled Garden and Garden Room during the Summer, ASK, – a family favourite for some easy Italian eating,  Andres Cafe, – Serving delicious breakfast and lunch menus.  Bishop’s Table @ Bishop’s Palace – Serving appetising, locally-sourced homemade food and some of the best coffee and cake you will find in Wells.  Catherdral Cafe is a self serve buffet with views towards the magnificent West Front of Wells Cathedral and over the tranquil moat of the Bishop’s Palace.

Watch

Wells Film Centre has its own boutique cinema showing all of the latest films, a perfect rainy day option.  The three film posters: Hot Fuzz, Elizabeth – The Golden Age and The Libertine used Wells as a backdrop. Hot Fuzz was mostly filmed in Wells.

Walk

Wells Moat Walk -The centre of Wells has barely changed in several hundred years. This Map created by William Simes in 1735 is the basis for a short walking tour around the centre of Wells. Starting from the market place, it takes in the Bishop’s Palace, tithe barn, Vicars’ Close, and the Cathedral with the Green.

If you need a bit more focus and don’t want to miss a thing book yourselves on one of the Wells Walking Tours.

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