Group Visits

Wells Cathedral has been welcoming pilgrims and tourists for over 1100 years and today receives over 300,000 visitors from all over the world. Here is some information you might find helpful when planning your group visit.

Pre-booking your visit

While pre-booking is not essential for groups, we do recommend that you let us know when you are coming. This allows us to let you know of special services and events that might be taking place so that you can get the most out of your visit. This is a working cathedral and therefore from time to time events and services may need to be arranged at short notice. Having your details means we can keep you informed. For more information and for details of how to book, please contact us on 01749 674483, via email at [email protected] or fill in our Booking Form which is available via this page on our website.

Groups are advised that the best times to visit are Monday-Saturday between 10.00am-4.00pm or on Sundays between 12.30pm-2.30pm. Groups are welcome outside these times but free access to parts of the Cathedral may be restricted if in use for the primary purpose of worship. Groups and individuals are always welcome to attend services. Please note the Cathedral operates a Quiet Hour, 12.00pm to 1.00pm from April to October at which time guided tours do not take place.

Guided Tours for Groups

A tour by one of our highly trained guides can add greatly to your visit and experience with us. These need to be pre-booked (at least two weeks in advance) and are free of charge.

See our Guided Tours for Groups Visits page for more information about our Cathedral Tours programme.

You may also wish to add a visit to the Camery Gardens and take a stroll up the wonderful medieval Vicars’ Close, the oldest continuously inhabited street in Europe, still lived in by the people for which it was built.

UK School visits

All UK school visits are handled by the Cathedral’s Education Officer and a range of programmes are available, many of which have been created to meet the National Curriculum. If you need help to arrange your visit please contact [email protected] or visit this page on our website for an Education Enquiry Booking Form.

Costs

As Wells Cathedral is above all else a place of worship, there is no charge to visit. However, the Cathedral receives no direct government funding and costs approximately £4,000 a day to run. We simply cannot function without donations and therefore we suggest that groups follow the donation pattern outlined on the Entry Donations page.

Catering packages for groups

We can offer special pre-booked group catering options for any group including those booked on a cathedral tour. Tasty options include:

  • Morning tea/coffee with a cake £3.50 per head – for a party over 10 only £3.00 (per person)
  • Wonderful homemade soup served with a local cottage roll and served with tea or coffee £5.00 per head – for a party over 10 only £4.50 (per person)
  • Somerset cream tea £4.50 per head – for a party over 10 only £4.00 (per person)

If you are a group and would like to take advantage of these special deals please contact us to discuss your requirements via email at [email protected].net or call us on 01749 676543. Special discounts for group leaders/drivers or for multiple bookings are available.