Wells Cathedral High Parts Tours

Cathedral Green, BA5 2UE

Wells Cathedral High Parts Tours


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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!

- Discover hidden spaces, galleries and chambers, including behind the Wells clock
- See one of only two surviving tracing floors in the country where masons drew templates on the floor
- Walk along the singing gallery and learn about trumpet holes!
- Explore the south transept roof space
- And marvel at the nave from a very different perspective!
(Note that the tour route does not take in the top of the tower).

High Parts Tours take place regularly throughout the week; bookings can be made via the Cathedral's website up to 24 hours prior to the tour taking place. Want to make a last minute booking? Call us on 01749 672773 or ask at the Donation desk on the day of your visit.

The tour length is 1.5 hours. Tour and tea packages are also available.

Who can book:
The maximum number in any upper levels tour is 12 and no children under the age of 10 years are permitted on the tour. Children between the ages of 10 and 16 years must be accompanied by one adult for every two children, unless they are part of an organised youth group when at least two adults must be in attendance. Any visitors with a fear of heights or confined spaces and/in poor health should consider carefully their suitability for the tour. There are up to 250 steps, uneven floors, low ceilings and the narrowest point is just 60cm (2ft.) wide. The tour route does not include access to the top of the tower.  Other Terms and Conditions of Booking do apply (see website for details).

Where to meet your Guide:
At the Donation Desk in the entrance of the Cathedral 15 minutes before your Tour begins. You will unfortunately not be able to join the Tour if you miss the start time.

If you purchase a Tour and tea package, your Guide will indicate where to take your refreshments at the end of the Tour.


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          Wells Cathedral High Parts Tours
          Cathedral Green
          BA5 2UE
          United Kingdom

          T: 01749 674483

          E: visits@wellscathedral.uk.net

          W: wellscathedral.org.uk/visit/tours

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