Tours of the Cathedral

Free Daily Scheduled Tours

Taking a tour!

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.

Simply gather by our ‘Tour’ sign in the nave before the tour is scheduled to begin.

Lent Reformation Tours

To support the Reformation series of gatherings we are also delighted to be offering two special Reformation Tours on Saturday 18 March and Saturday 25 March. On both dates tours will take place from 11.30-1.00pm and again from 2.00-3.30pm.

Led by Cathedral Librarian, Kevin Spears, and Archivist Anne Crawford, they will give a unique insight into this landmark event in our history. Visitors on the Reformation library tours will see relevant books and  documents from the cathedral’s collections displayed in the Chained Library and Muniment Room, spaces not open to general public access.

These items will be used to explain the impact of the Reformation in England and on Wells Cathedral in particular. Please note that these tours are not suitable for under 16s nor wheelchairs due to the spiral staircase leading to the library. Tickets for tours are £10.00 each and with limited spaces available so please book your place.

BOOK HERE: Tours on Saturday 18 March

BOOK HERE: Tours on Saturday 25 March

Free Weekly Walks (Saturday and Wednesday mornings, April-October)

Wells Cathedral’s FREE weekly stained glass and embroidery walks take place from April to October and showcase the Cathedral’s unique stained glass and beautiful embroideries.

Starting at 11.10am and 11.40am respectively every Saturday and Wednesday, each tour lasts 20 minutes and no booking is required; simply join us in the entrance area of the Cathedral to join the tour of your choice.

A different theme for each tour is offered each month; see our Weekly Walks pages for more details. And why not make a morning of it by taking both tours and rounding your visit off with a refreshing cup of coffee in our Cathedral cafe?

Fixed Date ‘Special Interest’ Tours

We also provide a number of ‘special interest’ tours which run on specific dates during the year and which need to be pre-booked. More information can be found on our Fixed Date Tours page here but these tours include:

Stained Glass

1.  The Work of Angels in Heaven and on Earth

Forthcoming tour dates to be confirmed.

2.  Marvel at Medieval Glass

Forthcoming tour dates to be confirmed.

3.  A Chronological Tour of the Stained Glass

Forthcoming tour dates to be confirmed.

(Please note that for ALL stained glass tours binoculars are highly recommended as this will greatly increase the enjoyment of the experience. many images are high up and quite small!).

Tours of the Remarkable Wells Cathedral Stone Carvings

“The thirteenth century capitals of Wells are a unique treasure; there is nothing quite like them anywhere else”. Wells Capitals; Arthur Gardner (M.A., F.S.A., Hon. F.R.B.S. Friends of Wells Cathedral 1956 – 79)

Forthcoming tour dates to be confirmed.

Doorway into Gothic Architecture

Forthcoming tour dates to be confirmed.

Wells, England’s first Gothic Cathedral, is the work of an unknown designer who was a master mason of original genius. Our Cathedral offers a ‘textbook’ of English mediaeval architecture – without the dryness often associated with such works.

Details for forthcoming Gothic Architecture fixed dates tours to come.

Entry to the Cathedral

While admission to the Cathedral is free, donations are very welcome. We receive no regular direct state aid and need over £4,500 per day for the maintenance, upkeep and running costs of this magnificent working Cathedral.

If you are visiting us then please do consider making a donation; not only does this support the ongoing sustainability of this historic building, our worship, music and all our work here but also helps us to avoid admission charges.  There is no separate charge for our daily scheduled tours of the Cathedral or our weekly walks.

Looking for a tour which would be suitable for a group booking? Please click here for more information including the special interest tours we can provide.

View of central tower from the Camery Garden

Make a Day of It

Our Cathedral café is a relaxing, self-service eatery boasting views to the magnificent West Front of Wells Cathedral and over the tranquil moat of the Bishop’s Palace. Our food is freshly prepared and baked by our team in the Cathedral kitchen each day – including our homemade bread! – using local Somerset and Fairtrade produce wherever possible.

Our two shops stock a vast range of products including books, cards, CDs, gifts, pictures, chocolates, Somerset Lavender, tapestries and jewellery. Our first shop is situated in the Cathedral’s new Entry Cloister; our second is located in the heart of the city in Wells Market Place.

All profits from the café and our shops go to supporting the work of the Cathedral.