Wells Cathedral
Wells Cathedral
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Wells Cathedral is set in the medieval heart of England’s smallest city and is the earliest English Cathedral to be built in the Gothic style. At the heart of Wells Cathedral is the daily pattern of prayer and worship, the rhythm of which forms the framework of all that we do. You are welcome to visit and enjoy Wells Cathedral at your own pace or take a guided tour. Tickets for tours are now available via www.eventbrite.co.uk The Loft Café boasts views of the magnificent West Front of Wells Cathedral and over the tranquil moat of the Bishop’s Palace. The Loft café is located on the first floor and is reached by a set of stairs or, for those in a wheelchair or with pushchairs, by lift. The Cathedral shop is situated on the ground floor by the Welcome desk. It’s the perfect place to browse Somerset produce and thoughtful gifts and books.
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  • casswife
    Dunfermline, United Kingdom1,537 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building
    A lovely building which is free to enter though a donation is gladly received, the example of £14 was given for a couple. There are various donation boxes scattered about but if you're a UK taxpayer then the best way is at the desk where they can take gift aid details. A lovely experience and a magnificent building, especially from the outside
    Thank you for your kind review and your donation!
    Written 24 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Edith B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    A stunning cathedral in the heart of Wells. My husband andnI visited on a recent tour of the south west. The amenities for the “older” generation were good, lots of pretty swans swimming in the moat. We look forward to visiting again and hopefully this time we will have longer to explore the wells shops. EB
    Thank you for the lovely review, Edith.
    Written 24 August 2023
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    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Go00393776686
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful building
    We had planned a visit to Wells in order to see the cathedral, but didn't know about the Wells Contemporary Art exhibition which was a bonus. The cathedral is well worth visiting in any case. Don't miss the Vicars' Close over the road as well.
    Thank you for your kind review!
    Written 24 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
  • MerseysideTinkerbell
    Merseyside, United Kingdom4,981 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Cathedral
    We went late August 2022 and I thought I had done this review but cant find it. It was a glorious day and so the Catheral looked stunning in the sunshine and the light coming into it on the inside as well, it is not a dark Cathedral as some are. Set in lovely grounds.
    Thank you for your kind review! We hope we can welcome you to the Cathedral again soon.
    Written 24 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2022
    Written 11 August 2023
  • D1rtd1ver
    Rugby, United Kingdom27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wells Cathedral
    Beautiful cathedral well maintained. Had the upper levels tour with Tim &Richard max 10 in a group great knowledge and enthusiasm from both see parts of the cathedral everyone else misses. Well worth it very interesting tour last 1 half hours.
    Thank you for the kind review! We're very glad you enjoyed your tour.
    Written 24 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
  • TDavis
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walk the high parts tour
    Really informative tour called Walk the high parts. Simon & Jan were helpful and Informative. Fascinating insight of behind the scenes explained by Simon and entertained by the stories of the past. Thoroughly recommend and not as difficult as expected to negotiate the steps!
    Thank you for the kind review - we're so glad you enjoyed your tour!
    Written 24 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Joe B
    61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wells mid weekend break.
    On arrival spoke to Fiona at reception. Absolutely lovely lady with a great personality. She was very informative. We had a marvelous guided tour, given by David, who pointed out things that we would never have noticed. A good orator and full of information. Definitely recommend. The cathedral is a wonderful example of the various types of architecture and stone masonry throughout the ages. Try and see the clock in action, which is every quarter of an hour.
    Thank you for the lovely review! We are glad you enjoyed your experience with our Welcome Desk staff and your guided tour of the Cathedral with one of our amazing volunteer guides. I will pass on your comments to the staff and the guides.
    Written 8 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 October 2023
  • Carol P
    Oxford, United Kingdom69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning, breathtaking Cathedral
    A stunning cathedral! Breathtaking especially inside. Wells is a lovely city too. We parked in Morrisons (3hrs free parking) which gave us plenty of time to walk round the Cathedral and City. Will visit again its gorgeous. Dog friendly too
    Thank you for your kind review! We hope we can welcome you to the Cathedral again soon.
    Written 8 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 October 2023
  • BackinBracknell
    Bracknell, United Kingdom1,530 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Gothic building
    Very happy to pay £8 each to visit, though it felt like an entrance charge. The money was taken without question and we certainly weren't asked if we would like to make a "donation". Anyway it was well-worth it. Inside is stunning and so light and bright. We were lucky to be able to join a guided tour which was just starting. This lasted an hour and the guide was very engaging and showed us all the highlights. Seeing the medieval clock in action is amazing! Also don't miss popping round the corner to see the houses in Vicars Close.
    Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Wells Cathedral. We are so glad you enjoyed your tour with one of our amazing volunteer guides! Wells Cathedral does not have an entrance charge. We ask visitors if they would like to make a donation on arrival or in one of our donation boxes. We are sorry that this message was not properly conveyed to you on your visit. We ask this because we do not receive any regular support from the Church of England, or the Government, and so rely heavily on the generosity of its visitors. However, we are completely aware that not everyone can or wants to give the suggested donation.
    Written 8 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 October 2023
  • richm62
    West Bromwich, United Kingdom234 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic cathedral
    Promised i'd visit the last time i was in Somerset but never got around to it. We were greeted at the entrance by a volunteer helper who offered a small map and explained what we could see whilst here. A wonderful cathedral with some lovely stained glass windows, plenty of history and wonderful gardens and surrounds. No entrance charge but a donation is welcome which aids the upkeep of the UK's smallest city's cathedral.
    Thank you for your kind review! We hope we can welcome you to the Cathedral again soon. Unfortunately, the Church of England doesn't fund the upkeep of the cathedral and we are 95% self funding, so we do rely on the generosity of our visitors to keep the doors of this historic and beautiful place open to all.
    Written 8 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 October 2023
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Jenifer T
74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
Smaller than some cathedrals we have visited but it's size added to its charm. Felt like a place of worship rather than a museum. We had an excellent tour guide (free ) who gave us an overview of the cathedral's history and pointed out many features we would not have noticed. Bought a joint ticket for the cathedral and the Bishop's Palace - a great saving and value for money. Vicar's Close is a must see !
Written 9 July 2024
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SANDY WORCESTER
Worcester, UK36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
Such a lovely looking cathedral
Had a look around the grounds
However was 14.50 each to go inside
Thought this was a bit expensive so never went in
Written 9 July 2024
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Winnieterrier
51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Friends
Have always wanted to visit wells cathedral and did so on weekend with a friend. I so enjoyed the whole experience. Nice staff who enabled visitors to explore and take in its majestic beauty. It is steeped in history that could be felt in every part of the cathedral. Some historic buildings, in my opinion, feel like museums without any warmth. The cathedral had a wonderful warm atmosphere and made visitors feel welcome and free to explore.
We visited in afternoon and returned for evensong. The choir singing was one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard.
We had a lovely afternoon . We visited the bishops palace which is close by after which was equally beautiful.
Written 8 July 2024
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TracyB328
Bedford, UK155 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The cathedral (as always in this country) was stunning, I do feel that they shouldn't charge to go in and just take donations (any cathedral) as it is a place of worship, I know they always say that if you say that you don't pay but I feel awkward doing that and feel like I am not believed so always pay, I would always leave a donation anyway if going in to help with the upkeep, the resident cat sleeping in it's bed on the desk was so sweet and the staff were lovely
Written 26 June 2024
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Thank you for your review about your visit, especially your kind words about our staff and Basil the Cat! Thank you for your feedback regarding the Admission Policy at the Cathedral. I am sorry to hear you would feel awkward speaking to us on entering about visiting the Cathedral. You are right if you are coming to the Cathedral for prayer, worship or reflection there is no charge for entry at all. It is our responsibility to maintain and care for Wells Cathedral and all it offers to our community for future generations. However, the Cathedrals of the Church of England receive limited funding from the church and government and rely on donations, legacies and grants as well as the income they can generate for themselves. This means we ask adult tourism visitors to contribute to the upkeep of this beautiful building with an admission charge (under 18s are free).
Written 5 July 2024
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calhaynes
Manchester, UK128 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We went on a tour of the cathedral but was disappointed as the lady was so quiet it was hard to hear
The cathedral is beautiful and worth a visit
Written 23 June 2024
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Thank you for your review and feedback on your visit. We are sorry to hear that you found your tour disappointing due to it being hard to hear one of our Cathedral Guides.
Written 5 July 2024
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bretthodges
Santa Barbara, CA145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Gorgeous. Highlight are the ancient, worn steps leading up to the Chapter House -which has to be one of the most astounding rooms I've ever been in.
Written 22 June 2024
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Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit, especially the Chapter House!
Written 5 July 2024
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Somerset Couple
England, UK107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Really beautiful cathedral to visit. Is very large inside and easy access for all abilities. When we visited the moon art installation was in. We also for a Sunday service which was lovely.
Written 22 June 2024
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Thank you for your kind review!
Written 5 July 2024
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BethAnn H
La Quinta, CA218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Masterpiece from the 12th century. Glorious interior and exterior. The Lady Chapel is renowned as the largest and grandest of Lady Chapels. The vaults overhead are fantastic; notice the painted decoration on the ceilings. The Astronomical Clock is the second oldest working clock in the world.
Written 21 June 2024
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Thank you for your review, we are so glad you enjoyed your visit, and especially our Lady Chapel and Astronomical Clock!
Written 1 July 2024
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Andrew G
37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Clean and tidy grounds, only charged reduced entry due to a school service but was able to access the whole church after about 15 minutes.
Coffee shop very clean and tidy and excellent value for money, and a great choice.
Toilets very clean and tidy.
Written 19 June 2024
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Thank you for your kind review!
Written 1 July 2024
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Julia L
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Beautiful architecture but £14 entry price is a little overpriced.
Lovely that you can take well behaved dogs in with you .
Written 15 June 2024
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Thank you for your review about the Cathedral and your feedback regarding the Admission Policy at the Cathedral. Our website does state we have an adult admission ticket, which is £14.00 and is valid for 12 months of re-entry from date of purchase. There is also no charge for visitors under 18. Of course, if you are coming to the Cathedral for prayer, worship or reflection there is no charge for entry at all.
Written 17 June 2024
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