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Wells Cathedral, Wells

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Dating back to the 12th century, Wells Cathedral stands as a fine example of Gothic architecture. Take one of the daily tours to see the most significant details and to hear a colorful history of the building. If specific areas of the cathedral interest you, opt for one of the themed tours. Take one to the top of the tower, where you'll earn expansive views of Wells and the surrounding countryside if the weather's clear. Venture into the library, which contains many books from the 16th and 17th centuries. And view one of Britain's most significant arrays of stained-glass windows. However you choose to visit the cathedral, make sure you head to the north transept to watch knights joust on the 14th-century astronomical clock. Check the schedule of services before you visit, because some areas close when the congregation meets. Put Wells Cathedral and other Wells attractions into our Wells road trip app, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We attended Christmas Eve Service. I checked the photography policy beforehand, which the website states; ‘Photography Photography is encouraged, but please refrain from using flash inside, and... 
    We attended Christmas Eve Service. I checked the photography policy beforehand, which the website states; ‘Photography Photography is encouraged, but please refrain from using flash inside, and...  more »
  • Do take one of their guided tours. We caught one at midday - lasted over an hour and was free. There is so much to see that you would miss without the guide's knowledge. 
    Do take one of their guided tours. We caught one at midday - lasted over an hour and was free. There is so much to see that you would miss without the guide's knowledge.  more »
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  • Lovely cathedral, well worth a visit. Nice refectory so you can stop off for something to eat and drink. Good gift shop too. Make sure to have a look at the clock in the east transept and be sure to visit the chapter house. Recommended.
  • Beautiful cathedral! Wells is known as the cathedral city, and is also one of the smallest towns in UK. The cathedral itself is very well managed and offers rich history. A must visit! Entry is free, but they do encourage you to donate towards the maintenance of the church.

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