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The Installation of the Archdeacon of Wells

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

The Installation of The Revd Canon Anne Gell as Archdeacon of Wells will take place here at Wells Cathedral on Saturday 20 May 2017 at 3pm.

The Bishop of Bath & Wells together with the Chapter of Wells Cathedral are pleased to extend an invitation to the service.  Although tickets are not required for this occasion, if you would like to be present please RSVP to Debbie Jones in the Cathedral office no later than Monday 8 May, indicating your intention to attend, for catering purposes.  The congregation are to be seated by 2.40pm as the processions will begin at 2.50pm.

RSVP via email to: [email protected]

Or via post to:

Wells Cathedral Office

Chain Gate

Cathedral Green

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The Dean of Wells, the Very Revd Dr John Davies said: “The Chapter is delighted to welcome Anne and her family into the life and ministry of the Cathedral at Wells. She brings with her a rich variety of experience, including knowledge of Cathedral ministry through her role as an Honorary Canon of Guildford Cathedral. It will be very good to welcome her.

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FREE Weekly Stained Glass Window Walks and ‘Explore the Embroideries’ (Wed and Sat mornings)

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Our popular and FREE weekly Window and Embroidery Walks take place on most Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11.10 am and 11.40am respectively and continue through to October.

Lasting approximately 20 minutes each no booking is required for these themed walks, which showcase the Cathedral’s unique stained glass and wonderful embroideries. We offer a different theme each month and no booking is required. Binoculars are useful recommended for Stained Glass tours although not essential.

Stained Glass Window Walks

April-2017a-St-John-Katherine-IMG_webApril’s theme is ‘St John the Evangelist’. Two images, one from the 1330s in the Jesse Window in the Quire showing John the Beloved Disciple at the foot of the cross, and the other in a window in St Katherine’s chapel from the 1500s.
We will look at the changes in the techniques used in each period and the differences in style of each.

(No tour on Saturday 1st April or Saturday 29th April).

Explore the Embroideries Walks

Wolsey-April-2017-539x660Explore the Embroideries Walks start at 11.40amand take place most Wednesday and Saturday mornings. April’s theme is ‘An Unholy Trinity? Three Reformation Bishops’: Learn more about the mixed legacies of Thomas Wolsey, William Barlow and Gilbert Bourne.

(No tour on Saturday 1st April or Saturday 29th April).

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Boys needed to train as choristers!

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Unique opportunity for boys to train as choristers at Wells Cathedral!

The internationally renowned Wells Cathedral Choir is looking for boys in current school years 3 and 4 to become choristers from September 2017.

The choir has a long, impressive history, having been formed over 1,100 years ago before the current medieval Cathedral was built! Boy choristers have sung at Wells since 909, with the girls’ choir being introduced relatively recently in only 1994.

In 2011 the choir an international jury from Gramophone Magazine voted Wells Cathedral Choir the greatest choir with children in the world, and the sixth greatest overall.

The choir’s principal and most important responsibility is singing the services at the Cathedral. All choristers are educated at Wells Cathedral School, for which scholarships and additional bursaries are available to assist with fees. Wells Cathedral School is one of the oldest schools in Europe, having been formed in 909 as a school for the Cathedral’s boy choristers. It is now one of the finest specialist musical schools in the country, and provides a first class academic education within its beautiful historic backdrop.

For more information and to arrange an informal audition, please telephone 01749 834213 or e-mail [email protected]


Photo credit: Jacinth Latta

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Fixed Date Special Interest Tours

Monday, February 27th, 2017

The Cathedral runs a number of fixed date special interest tours for our visitors which run on specific dates during the year.

Our team of tour guides are experts on the Cathedral and their specialist subjects, injecting every tour with fascinating stories and insights into this unique place. Our fixed date tours run at a specified time and date during the year, last between 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours and can accommodate up to 15 people per party.  They do need to be pre-booked.

Tour themes:

Themes include in-depth looks at the Cathedral’s unique stained glass, stone carvings, gothic architecture, embroideries or our chained library. Click on the theme of your choice below for more information on each tour and to make an online booking:

Stained Glass tour dates

Stone Carvings tour dates

A Doorway to Gothic Architecture tour dates

Embroideries tour dates

Chained Library tour dates

To book:

You can book yourself and friends or a group onto these fixed date special interest tours via the Cathedral’s Box Office on 01749 671663 or in person from our shops at the low price of £10 per person. We also take online bookings which are subject to a small booking fee. Click on the tour theme of your choice above to make an online booking.

Tourists admire the West Front

Want to bring your Group to the Cathedral but can’t make these dates?  Our Visits team can talk to you about tailoring a group visit to suit the date and theme of your choice.  Click here to find out more.

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Charities of the Month – April

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

The Cathedral is committed to supporting community groups which serve people facing challenging circumstances.

‘The Week’s Good Cause’ Donation Point provides a dedicated space for Somerset organisations, both to raise awareness of the group’s aims, and to raise funds for that work.

APRIL – SWEDA and MS Society


Having an eating disorder, or supporting someone who has, can be a distressing and bewildering experience. Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association (SWEDA) offers a range of services throughout Somerset and the surrounding area.

Our services include Counselling Services, a monthly Self-help Support Group, Training and Presentations for Health Professionals and GPs, and an Outreach and Community Support programme, working with young people in Secondary Schools and four of the major Colleges in the county.

We are here to support and listen to you, wherever you are on your journey.

MS Society

Every day in the UK, 14 people – typically in their 20s or 30s – are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a life-long, chronic condition for which there is currently no cure. More than 100,000 people in the UK have MS. Every one of them shares the uncertainty of a future with MS. It attacks at random; many of its symptoms are invisible to others; it can worsen steadily, or remain unpredictable throughout your life.

We understand what life’s like with MS, and we support each other through the highs, lows and everything in between. And we’re driving research into more – and better – treatments.

Our vision is a world free from the effects of multiple sclerosis.

Our ultimate goal is to find a cure. Until then, we will do all that we can to enable people with MS to live life, knowing that they do not have to face MS alone.

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Music in Wells 2017

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Our ‘Music in Wells 2017′ leaflet has details of all of the concerts and recitals taking place in Wells Cathedral this year. To download a copy please click on this link or pick up a hard copy in the Cathedral.


You can also view the remaining concerts and recitals for 2016 leaflet by clicking on the image below:

Music In Wells Cathedral 2016 leaflet

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Group Bookings

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Are you part of a local history, special interest or community group? Set in the medieval heart of England’s smallest city, a trip to Wells Cathedral will make an unforgettable addition to your group’s itinerary for 2017.

A range of tours and benefits:

Choose from a range of tours to suit your group’s special interest, and, if you pre-book your group visit with us our entry charge includes the services of one of our highly trained, experienced guides, a 10% discount for all group members in our Cathedral café and two shops plus a free place for your group organiser, tour manager or bus driver.

In order to ensure you benefit from the pre-booked groups rate and so that we are able to guarantee you a guide, pre-booking is essential. Our busy Cathedral diary means that we also ask for two week’s notice if possible. Remember – group organisers go free! Please note that availability of guides to be confirmed at latest two weeks prior to the date of the booked tour.

To book:

More information is available here, call us on 01749 671663 or email us via  [email protected].

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Join Wells Cathedral’s Song Squad!

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Would you like to sing, have fun and make new friends?

Are you in school years 3-6?

Then Wells Cathedral’s Song Squad is for YOU!

About Us

Wells Cathedral Song Squad (formally Wells Cathedral Junior Choir) rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 5.00 – 6.00pm in term time. There is no audition, and both boys and girls are very welcome. We sing music in lots of different styles and there are plenty of performance opportunities.

Concert at St Cuthbert's Church

The choir is led by Tricia Rees-Jones.

If you would like more information about the choir, please contact Tricia Rees-Jones on 01749 330160 or [email protected].

More Information

For more information please contact Tricia Rees-Jones on 07497 895664 or via email at [email protected] Please provide your name, date of birth, telephone number, a parent’s name and your home address.

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Wells Cathedral Annual Pass

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

English Cathedrals receive no regular funding from the Church of England or the Government towards maintenance, restoration and development work, a challenge which is often little understood both in this country and overseas.

Here in Wells that means the Cathedral has to raise £4,500 per day which must be achieved via our own endeavours and with the help of our visitors, congregation and supporters.

The Cathedral welcomes thousands of visitors each year who join in with regular daily services and events and one of the major sources of regular income for the Cathedral to meet these costs is therefore from visitor entry donations.

Wells Cathedral Annual Pass

Wells Cathedral work on roof

From Monday 4 July 2016, anyone wishing to make a donation to the Cathedral and enjoy fast-track access for 12 months via the Cathedral’s Donation Desk can purchase a new Wells Cathedral ‘Annual Pass’.

It is our policy to welcome everyone to the Cathedral irrespective of their ability to leave a donation.  However, we hope that the Annual Pass will provide a convenient method for those who feel able to contribute to our work.

How to Purchase an Annual Pass

The Annual Pass costs £15 and is valid for one year from the date of purchase.

To purchase an Annual Pass or for more details please call us on 01749 672773 or email [email protected].

Details of other ways to make a donation can be found here.

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Free Daily Scheduled Tours

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

On most days of the year (Monday to Saturday), regular, scheduled tours of the Cathedral are available with one of our highly trained guides. They are free of charge, last approximately one hour and are designed to provide a general overview of the highlights which make Wells unique among English Cathedrals. They can add significantly to your enjoyment and appreciation of the Cathedral.

Tourists admire the West Front

No need to book; simply gather by our ‘Tour’ sign in the nave before the tour is scheduled to begin.

And remember that if you visit us on a Wednesday or a Saturday morning between April to October we run FREE weekly stained glass and embroidery walks which showcase the Cathedral’s unique stained glass and beautiful embroideries. More details here.

Entry to the Cathedral is by donation.

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