If you are looking for a relaxed, "get away from it all weekend" Wells is definitely a destination to consider. Set about 20 miles south of Bristol and 22 miles south west of Bath you will find the ancient and mystical town of Glastonbury only 5 miles away.

Wells dates back to medieval times and retains huge amounts of history in its tradtions and architecture. The piece de resistance has to be the Cathedral which is well supported locally and is a truly breath taking building. The Cathedral is what qualifies Wells as the smallest city in England. Just 50 yards away is Vicars Close the oldest street in Europe which is entirely owned by the Bath and West Diocese helping to retain it's truly unique atmosphere.

As there is a high level of older residents in the city you will find the atmosphere in the city to be relaxed and a very safe environment: a great change for other bigger city dwellers!

Over the last few years a variety of new restaurants have opened giving a much larger choice of dining venues. Of particular note is Goddfellows a fantastic fish restaurant and adjacent Patisserie run by Adam Fellows and his wife Martine. Other alternatives include The Old Spot (recently opened and practically opposite Goodfellows in Sadler Street) and Antons Bistrot (sic) in the Crown Hotel in The Market Place.

With regards to accommodation you might try either "Beryl", a fantastic small country house hotel/bed and breakfast set within walking distance of the city centre offering acres of well tended gardens and enjoying fabulous views over the city and surrounding countryside or, for those seeking something right in the centre of Wells, The Swan Hotel or The Crown. The Swan in particular has excellent views of the Cathedral and its Close. For those of you who prefer self catering there are one or two very good establishments close to the centre.

Two miles from the city you will find Wookey Hole Caves. This could be an ideal visit if weather conditions aren't good and both children and adults will not fail to be impressed by these stunning caves and the legen of the Witch of Wookey Hole. There is also a very funky pub/restaurant opposite the entrance to the Caves called Wookey Hole Inn. Definitely worth a visit!

"Must do's" include the open air market on Saturdays and Wednesdays (With a staggering choice of goods for sale from specialist foods and plants to books and pet supplies it'll be difficult to walk away without purchasing something - be warned!) and a wander around the Bishop's Palace and Moat. The High Street and peripheral areas contain both big name stores and independent retailers. Near the Bus Station, there is a recently developed area of small, local retailers including gift shops, craft stores and at weekends, meat and vegetable sellers. Whether you're looking for retail experiences or a more cultural visit  Wells is a fantastic choice.