Wells Cathedral
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Wells Cathedral

Built in the medieval heart of Wells, England's smallest city, it is a fine example of the Gothic style

  • Sacred
  • Architecture

Wells Cathedral is a striking landmark in the South West and well worth a visit if you have extended time in the area. 

The current building was erected between the 12th and 15th centuries and a Bishop Reginald de Bohun brought the idea of a revolutionary architectural style from France.

The first building phase took about eighty years, building from east to west, culminating in the impressive West Front. About 300 of its original medieval statues remain: a glorious theatrical stone backdrop for feast day processions.

Take a behind-the-scenes tours of the buildings ‘High Parts’ – follow the footsteps of Cathedral masons to discover hidden spaces, galleries and chambers. 

Did you know?

The famous Wells clock is considered to be the second oldest clock mechanism in Britain, and probably in the world, to survive in original condition and still in use.

Location

Accessibility

  • Limited accessibility for wheelchair users
  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Disabled parking
  • Wheelchairs for use
  • Facilities for visually impaired
  • Facilities for deaf and hard of hearing people
  • Toilets for disabled visitors
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