Historical attractions to visit in Wells in 2018
Wells is the smallest city in England. Its city status is thanks to the beautiful 13th century cathedral. There’s a lot to see when visiting this picturesque corner of England. So, whether you’re local or holidaying nearby, here are a few Wells sites not to be missed in 2018.
As mentioned above, Wells cathedral is the heart of the city. Its architectural style is truly spectacular. When you’re visiting Wells, the cathedral is not to be missed. Enjoy the meditative atmosphere inside and take the historical tour to learn about the cathedral’s history. Make sure you don’t miss the beautifully restored 14th century stained glass window, the Jesse Window. Depicting the story of the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, for windows Wells, it’s a restored masterpiece.
Wells Bishop’s Palace & Gardens
The Grade I listed palace has been the home of the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years. Set over 14 acres of gardens, explore the many paths that lead through flowers, trees, and shrubbery, and discover the natural wells, from which the city takes its name. The moat, gatehouse, and drawbridge perfectly evoke the medieval atmosphere while the palace itself is still in remarkably good condition.
Wells Market Place
Wells Market Place is the thriving hub of the community. Every Wednesday and Saturday, the stalls are set up to sell a wide variety of local goods and produce. From fresh fruit and vegetables, and locally sourced meat and cheeses, to clothing, games, and hand-crafted jewellery; the market place is a great location to experience real Somerset life.
Located adjacent to the cathedral, Vicar’s Close is reputedly the only surviving complete medieval street in England. Built to provide communal accommodation for the Vicar’s Choral, the row of Mercia stone terraces is a snapshot of another world, with the distinctive chimneys rising above the traditional slate roofs.
Somerset has lots to offer. From Wells to Cheddar, and Glastonbury to Weston-super-Mare, you’re never far away from an amazing piece of history or some stunning scenery. Have a look at some of our recent news stories to find out more about this special county.