City of Wells, Vicars Close

Wells - England's Smallest City

Overview

Visit the City of Wells in Somerset, England's smallest city, with its historic centre, the magnificent cathedral, and the unique moated Bishop's Palace.

Wells Cathedral is a wonderful Medieval cathedral. Enjoy the amazing display of medieval statues on the West Front, the graceful scissor arches, the humorous carvings on the pillars and the deep colours of the stained glass. If you come to Evensong you may hear the exhilarating voices of the world-famous Wells Cathedral Choir.

Visit the Wells Tourist Information website

What makes it special

  • Medieval architecture

Hostels nearby

YHA Cheddar exterior

YHA Cheddar

En suite rooms available
Free wi-fi
YHA Exclusive Hire
YHA Street

YHA Street

Camping and Cabins
Private rooms available
Cycle store

Wells - England's Smallest City

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Map references

OS Map: 182 & 183

OS Grid Ref: ST550457

Lat/Lng: 51.209284, -2.64507

Contact information

Other things to do nearby

Bishops Palace

The Bishop's Palace and Gardens

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Glastonbury Tor with starlight

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Clarks shop and a hanging Clarks Boot sign

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Cheddar Caves

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School group kayaking

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climbing

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