Stained Glass Tours

Wells Cathedral has one of the most substantial collections of medieval stained glass in England, the crowning glory being the Jesse window at the eastern end above the altar which narrowly escaped destruction during the English Civil War. It is now one of the best preserved windows of the period in the country.

Angel circle

 Among stained glass enthusiasts Wells Cathedral is famous for having the greatest collection of 14th century glass in the East End of any major church in the country.’ (The Medieval Stained Glass of Wells Cathedral, Tim Ayers, 2004).

The Cathedral also has important and interesting glass from the 1500s, 1600s and the 1900s designed by some of the leading Glass Manufacturers of their time.

Stained Glass Tour options:

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!)

The Work of Angels in Heaven and on Earth

Fixed Date Booked Tour – tbc

As a special feature of this tour we shall look at examples of the angels depicted through the centuries in the glass and discuss their stories. Suitable for groups and individual bookings.

Marvel at Mediaeval Glass

Fixed Date Booked Tour - tbc

A closer  study of the celebrated medieval glass of Wells cathedral.  Attention will be given to images that, because of their position, can easily be over looked. Suitable for groups and individual bookings.

The Chronology of the Stained Glass

This tour is suitable for group bookings and looks at the development of stained Glass in the Cathedral from the late 1200s to the most recent glass. There is special reference to the Edwardian glass in the transepts and nave. Please call us to arrange a tour date to suit your requirements.

PLUS free weekly Window Walks – no booking required

FREE themed walks, lasting 20-25 mins long, from April to October showcasing the Cathedral’s unique stained glass. Starting at 11.15am every Saturday and Wednesday, there is no booking required. Simply gather at the Information Desk in the Entry Cloister to join the Window Walk tour of your choice.

We offer a different theme each month:

 April The Family Tree of Jesus /Jesse Window
 May  Symbols in the Jesse Window
 June  Clothed in Light
 July  Looking East and West
 August  Miraculous Mary
 Sept  Shining Shields
 Oct  At The Foot of the Cross

Please note: no walks on 25th April, 2nd May, on 17th or 24th June, or on 7th, 10th, 14th or 17th October.

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!)

How to book:

Tours will last between 1 and 1 ½ hours and must be pre-booked through the Cathedral Office (other than Window Walks). For more information please contact us on 01749 674483 or email us at [email protected].

Please not 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!)

Shopping and Refreshments

A warm welcome awaits you in our Cathedral shop which stocks a wide range of unique mementoes and gifts.

Our café also offers a tempting array of freshly cooked, locally-sourced food and pre-booked catering packages are also available for Groups booking a tour. Simply call 01749 676543 for details or visit our Catering Packages for Groups page on the website.