Entry and Highlights

We recommend that you allow enough time to enjoy the highlights of the Cathedral and medieval Vicars’ Close (see our Visit Highlights page for inspiration) and suggest an ideal visit time of between 1.5 – 3 hours, particularly if you’d like to stay for refreshments in our Cathedral café!

West-front-full-on-cropped-small-680x507 Vicars' Close The famous Scissor Arches form a backdrop for many concerts in the Cathedral


Details of our opening times are here and please note any closures or limited access here.

English Cathedrals receive no regular funding from the Government or the Church of England towards maintenance, restoration and development work. While entry to the Cathedral is free we therefore welcome donations or ask about our Wells Cathedral Annual Pass.


Regular free scheduled tours take place each day (not on Sundays) with one of our experienced and enthusiastic guides which all our visitors are welcome to join.

Free weekly ‘Window Walks’ and ‘Exploring the Embroideries’ walks also take place on most Saturday and Wednesday mornings (April-October) from 11.15am and 11.45am respectively. No need to book, we offer a different theme each month. More details here.

We invite all our visitors to join us for any of our services; service and music information and times can be found here.

Group Visits

For Group Visits please take a look at our Group Visits for more information about pre-booking a memorable trip to one of the south west’s most important heritage sites.

Getting and Staying here

Journey information and suggestions for places to stay are available on our website and, if you fancy making a day of it, Wells and the local area provide a full and varied itinerary.

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.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Cathedral soon.