Wells

Wells has the title of 'smallest city in England' and as the only city in Somerset this beautiful place with its magnificent Cathedral is sure to impress the visitor. Situated at the foot of the Mendip hills, Wells was named after the springs which rise in the garden of the Bishop’s Palace. Today the town produces manufactured products including cheese, textiles and paper.

With a population of over 10,000 the town has a good range of shops and cafes, as well as a theatre and cinema. On Wednesdays and Saturdays the picturesque Market Place, where in 1645 the Quaker William Penn preached to the crowds as part of his crusade, becomes filled with stalls selling a range of things from jewellery to vegetables and plants.

In St Andrew’s Street near the Cathedral Green is the Wells museum housed in a Tudor building which displays interesting historical, geological and archaeological collections from Wells and the Mendip area.

Steeped in much history the grand Wells Cathedral, features as a central attraction in the city, and was built between the 12th -14th centuries and is a fine and elegant example of Gothic architecture. There is a mechanical clock dating from the 14th century and the magnificent West Front contains approximately 400 carved stone figures including Adam and Eve.

To the south of the Cathedral is the Bishop’s Palace, which is moated and fortified and was built in the 13th century and later modified in the 17th century. It is today home to the Bishop of Bath and Wells and is open from April to the end of October. To the north of the Cathedral and linked by a covered bridge is one of the oldest complete medieval streets in Europe -Vicar’s Close- well worth a visit.

Wells also appears as "Barchester" in the novels written by Anthony Trollope.