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Wells – the medieval hidden jewel of Somerset

Wells may be the smallest city in England, but there’s nothing small about the amount of history and culture on offer in this hidden gem of a city. The medieval city nestles on the southern side of the Mendip Hills, with the mystical Somerset Levels stretching away to the south and west.
Wells Cathedral has been inspiring pilgrims and visitors for over 850 years and provides the backdrop for much of the city. With its iconic West Front, beautiful ‘scissor arches’ supporting the central tower, and ancient clock with its jousting knights, Wells is considered one of the finest cathedrals in the country. Adjoining the Cathedral is the picturesque cobbled Vicars’ Close, which is thought to be Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited street. Just a stone’ throw away from Wells Cathedral, visitors can cross a flagstone drawbridge, walk under the portcullis and experience the stunning medieval Bishop’s Palace, home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years. The 14 acres of RHS partner gardens, which house the wells which give the city its name, are open for all to enjoy. Just around the corner, the collections and displays at the Wells & Mendip Museum tell the stories of the city and its surrounding area: experience a WW1 trench, see the real witch of Wookey Hole and listen to the sounds of cave exploration. If you plan your visit to Wells on a Wednesday or Saturday, you can take advantage of the hugely popular Wells Market in the Market Place. Local people sell a wide variety of Somerset crafts, locally-sourced food and regional produce.
A short walk down the High Street with its independent shops and cafés brings you to the magnificent parish church of St Cuthbert with its neighbouring historic almshouses.
Wells makes the ideal destination for a short break or long weekend, as well as providing an excellent base for exploring the surrounding area, from rock-climbing at Cheddar Gorge and exploring Ebbor Gorge and the Wookey Hole Caves, to cycling and walking to our neighbouring Mendip towns at Glastonbury and Shepton Mallet.

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