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Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral Cathedral Green, Wells BA5 2UE, England
+44 1749 674483
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Nice Cathedral

Went here yesterday and had a good walk inside. Very nice Cathedral which is well kept and tidy... read more

Reviewed yesterday
johndC4916OW
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Worth a Visit

As cathedrals go, Wells cathedral is quite standard but is worth a walk around. There’s a cat who... read more

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Climb the spiral staircase to walk in the footsteps of Cathedral masons with behind-the-scenes tours of Wells Cathedral’s High Parts; the most memorable thing to do in Wells! Discover hidden spaces and chambers, explore the south transept roof space and marvel at the nave from a very different perspective! Tours run regularly throughout the week; book via the website. Terms and Conditions apply.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Wells Cathedral Cathedral Green, Wells BA5 2UE, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went here yesterday and had a good walk inside. Very nice Cathedral which is well kept and tidy. Lovely medieval glass windows, scissor arches and a clock which dates from the late 14th century. Worth a visit if you visit Wells.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

As cathedrals go, Wells cathedral is quite standard but is worth a walk around. There’s a cat who lives in there who was very cute and it’s free to enter (donation optional).

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Impressive church building. Antony, our guide, was very knowledgeable about the architecture and the rationale behind it. We enjoyed the lecture about what it was like, as a common man, to visit this church in the middle ages, and the attitudes in that age. We...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This truly is a lovely cathedral. Enjoyed the visit. Got a tour by one of the volunteers which was excellent and lasted 45 minutes. Cathedral Café very nice for cream teas and the shop is nice. Go and see for yourself, you will not regret...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

One can understand why this 12th-century cathedral is listed in the book "1000 Places To See Before You Die". "Beautiful" seems inadequate to describe it. "Amazing", and it is, is also inadequate. It is hard to imagine how the workmen with their primitive tools were...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

When I reviewed the cathedral as excellent in 2014 I mentioned that it was "free to enter and no one making you feel guilty at the door" unfortunately there is now somebody making you feel guilty at the door. Having a huge payment desk makes...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

A beautiful building but the gardens were stunning. Built round the ruins and springs. Would definitely go and see the gardens again.

Thank Sharon M
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Lots of recommendations as a place not to be missed on our recent holiday. How right all the recommendations were. We joined the guided tour and felt that this added a lot to our understanding and enjoyment. Whether you do this or not you are...More

Thank Jeff P
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I didn't spend long inside the cathedral as time was limited and I intend to revisit when I can do a tour. The outside is just amazing though. The erosion and decay is very visible but you can also see the new stonework where it...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A stunning cathedral - we were fortunate on seeing it on a lovely sunny day. The front of the cathedral with the sun setting on it is a very special sight. Earlier in the day we had done the guided tour. - well worth it...More

Thank Ian W
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outabout2016
April 7, 2018|
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Response from A N | Reviewed this property |
I think it would not be their style TBH. However why would you NOT donate?It’s a fantastic place to be/visit and costs a LOT of money to maintain, they need visitor support if people wish to be able to see it
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330victoria330
March 18, 2018|
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Response from golddigger1957 | Reviewed this property |
The lady on the entrance ask if you like to donate. You can donate inside if you prefer or say no thank you. The money from the cafe also goes into donations. The cafe prices are very reasonable and good quality.
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Jennifer M
February 27, 2018|
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Response from WellsCathedral | Property representative |
Hi Jennifer. Most of Wells Cathedral is accessible. The Chapter House and the Library are not unfortunately accessible due to uneven staircases and the area in the south cloister to the transept is difficult to negotiate... More
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