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“Just ask for Malcolm.......”
Review of Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral
Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Wells
Certificate of Excellence
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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 10 July 2014

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.

Thank Alison F
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

We did not expect to find such a beautiful cathedral when we visited Wells. A delight to visit and, as others have said, do not miss the clock (inside- there is also one outside) chiming.
Also call in at the museum opposite and look for the memorial outside to Harry Patch - the 'Last Fighting Tommy'.

1  Thank CroftWelshMarches
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

What a delight. Welcomed when arrived, given a guide and encouraged to look around. Viewing is on a donation basis. So many directions to look in, up, down, either side and forward. A wealth of statues, plaques and interesting features. Try and visit near 'the hour' so that you can see the clock which stricks on the hour and listen to the hourly prayer.
We felt at peace in the beautiful surroundings. Would recommend

Thank Diane S
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

In the cathedral stakes, Wells seems to be a bit overlooked. It's not massive like Salisbury but with so much of the original intact, it's a great experience. The guide who showed us round was a delight - and very knowledgeable about the church in the wider, historical sense. It was obvious that some of our fellow 'tourers' knew surprisingly little of their country's history, but facts were explained in a very accessible way without a hint of being patronising.
As for the suggested donation box, it's wholly appropriate for visitors, isn't it? Presumably you want to see it, so don't you also want to see it standing for future generations? See what happens to a house if you don't maintain it! Be generous, I say.

Thank patrm14
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Wells is a really nice English market town
The cathedral is spectacular - great to browse around and look at the carvings and architecture

The clock is fantastic.

I missed the (free) guided tour - which was a shame

Recommend this place if you are in the area

Thank michael c
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