Wells Cathedral, set in the medieval heart of England’s smallest city, is the earliest English cathedral to be built in the Gothic style and has an international reputation. The current building was erected between the 12th and 15th centuries and is a significant landmark in Somerset and the South West.
As well as its iconic and breathtaking West Front, Wells Cathedral boasts the famous Wells Clock (which is considered to be the second oldest clock mechanism in Great Britain), the fascinating octagonal Chapter House, the Jesse Window (which is considered to be one of the finest examples of medieval stained glass in Europe), one of only four chained libraries in the UK and medieval Vicars’ Close – believed to be the only complete medieval street left in England.
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Take a tour
We offer daily scheduled tours which run regularly throughout the day (except Sundays) and are free of charge. No need to book, simply make your way to the ‘Tour’ sign in the nave before the tour of your choice begins.
Regular free ‘window walks’ and ‘exploring the embroideries’ talks also take place from 11.15am and 11.40am respectively on Wednesday and Saturday mornings (April – October). Again, no need to book.
Below is a brief introduction to some of the most well-known and best-loved parts of the Cathedral.