What to do in Wells

Wells Cathedral

The magnificent 13th-century Wells Cathedral has approximately 300 statues on the spectacular west front. It is the earliest English cathedral built in the Gothic style and has an international reputation. It overlooks the stunningly picturesque Cathedral Green.

Vicar's Close

Adjoining Wells Cathedral, Vicar's Close is believed to be the most complete example of a medieval Close in the UK and the oldest inhabited street in Europe. This landmark was designed to provide communal accommodation for the Vicar's Choral, who sang daily within the Cathedral as they do today.

The Bishop's Palace

Home to the Bishops of Bath/Wells for 800 years, this stunning medieval palace is open for all. Surrounded by a breath-taking moat, you cross the drawbridge to experience artefacts and exhibitions on art and history as well as 14 acres of mature landscaped gardens, including the ‘Wells’.

Wells Market and restaurants/cafés

A bustling farmers' market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays in Wells. Enjoy the many restaurants and cafés in Wells. Personal favourites include Goodfellows, the Fountain Inn, Goodd Earth (vegetarian) and Andre's Café.

Lacock Village and Abbey

National Trust owned Lacock Village and Abbey look much like they did 200 years ago. Apart from the magnificent 13th-century Abbey, Lacock has medieval stone cottages, the old workhouse and a 14th-century tithe barn and church. Lacock is approximately a one-hour drive from Wells.


This world heritage site is famous for its Roman baths and the stunning, honey-coloured Georgian architecture, including the iconic Royal Crescent. Take an open-aired tourist bus and see all the sites at a leisurely pace. Bath is approximately 20 miles from Wells.

Glastonbury Abbey and Tor

Climb the famous Tor and get superb panoramic views of Somerset. See Glastonbury Abbey and visit the quirky, mystical shops in the high street. Glastonbury is 5 miles from Wells.


Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge. This world heritage site is one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Visit the exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500-year-old man. Stonehenge is approximately a 70-minute drive from Wells.

Wookey Hole Caves

Wookey Hole Caves are a series of limestone caverns that are deep underground. It is the UK’s largest show caves system through which the River Axe flows on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills near Wells (2 miles). It is also home to the mythical ‘Witch of Wookey Hole’.

Cheddar Gorge and caves

Explore Britain’s biggest gorge, from the stunning stalactite caverns to the dramatic cliffs rising over 450ft. This world-famous site is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Since the excavation, in 1890, Gough’s Cave has gained an international reputation for its historical and geological significance. The cave was the home of ‘Cheddar Man’, Britain’s oldest complete skeleton, found in 1903 and estimated to be 9000 years old. It is also the site of the largest underground river system in Britain. Cheddar Gorge is approximately 8 miles from Wells.