Neither of us had been to Wells Cathedral before, and as we usually just wander around churches solo, we thought it might be more worthwhile to take advantage of a free guided tour. We made our way to the waiting point, and were approached by a gentleman who introduced himself as Malcolm. He seemed really pleased to have two eager visitors, wanting the tour, and up until 5 minutes in, we were the only two who'd asked to be shown round. After another couple joined us, the four of us began, what turned out to be, an hour's walk through history. It was an extremely entertaining tour, round a very beautiful cathedral, lead by a man who not only "knew his stuff," but was clearly proud of it too. It was the best decision we'd made that day.
The only concern I had, was that Wells Cathedral may one day review how they maintain the building, and weigh up whether to charge an entrance fee or not. My answer to that is - NO NO NO - Please. The reminder that it is still a place of worship for all, is strengthened by the short prayers, spoken on the hour, every hour, via the sound system. Please don't go the way of York Minster and install ghastly cash registers, and rope cordons, to stop non-paying visitors from coming in.
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