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“Stunning Cathedral”
Review of Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Wells
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This 12th-century cathedral is a fine example of Early Gothic architecture.
Reviewed 13 June 2014

Beautiful Cathedral nestling in this historic Market Town. Ample parking, and cafes. Saturday is Market day so positively buzzing.
Recommend visiting the Bishop's Palace and Gardens. Lovely!

Thank Carol B
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

Wells cathedral reminds me of one of the north french gothic cathedrals and you begin by marvelling at the somewhat squat looking front, which in itself took 30 years to complete with all its statues and carvings

Inside it's very light and airy gothic (the 1st fully gothic church in England) with one of its main attractions the mediaeval clock - especially impressive at midday as a figure rings the bell and knights chase each other round in a mock tournament

Also astounding is the chapter house with its fountain of stone from a central pillar and the sea of steps - very worn after 700 years! - leading up to it

There's plenty more to see and a helpful volunteer hands out maps to the building. We loved the bekynton memento mori tomb (go check it out) and the delightfully light but ornate chantry chapel where the cathedral's ginger cat sleeps!

Its free with a suggested donation of £6 but i think it's worth more.

Visitor facilities are good too with a well stocked shop, modern loos and a cafe that serves soup quiches, salads, baked potatoes and sandwiches. Cakes and scones are seriously good and there's a good choice of hot and cold drinks

Staff is all very friendly and 2 hours passed in a flash. I'd allow about 3 hrs in total as its good to walk around to the vicars close which is enchanting - 14th century terraced houses with gardens all still lived in by people connected to the choir

The cathedral green is in itself a pleasant place to take a rest or eat your own sarnies/snack and the nearby bishops palace can also b visited as can the little local museum
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Our only disappointment is we couldn't see the chained library and I really wish we'd checked this out - you have to arrange a tour in advance

Thank hfulton32
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

There is nothing to dislike about this. An amazing building and like all cathedrals, leave me speechless with wonder.

Thank tetrarch
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Grand, spectacular, massive, absolutely stunning 12 century cathedral, situated in the beautiful medieval town of Wells.

Allow at least 3 hours to enjoy the interior and walk around the cathedral and admire the sculptures statues and great detail on the exterior - it is a massive cathedral so lots to see, in and out.

Don't miss the Chapel, which is a 5 minutes walk away and is open between certain times (ask at the Cathedral and they may send a clergy with the key to open it for you).

The medieval Walled city of Wells is a gem, packed with stunning beautiful architecture, highly recommended for a weekend break.

Thank LondonTraveller848
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

We got to the cathedral just in time for a guided tour. It's a very unusual and impressive cathedral and the guide was good but spent more time on the architectural details than history. Many of the stained glass windows were broken into shards by soldiers in the Monmouth Rebellion but were reassembled in, as the guide described, a higgledy-piggledy" manner years later. Still beautiful. There is a working clock from the 1300's with jousting knights on horseback and a performing bell ringer.

Thank RLWOrangePark
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