Guided Tours for Group Visits

You may wish to walk around the Cathedral and discover it for yourselves but we do recommend a tour by one of our highly trained guides as they can add greatly to your visit and experience with us . Groups are advised that the best times to visit are Monday-Saturday between 10.00am-4.00pm. No Guided Tours available on Sundays.

If a Guided Tour is required, please book as far in advance as possible. The minimum notice we need is two weeks; more during the summer months.

We have a couple of Guided Tour packages available which have been especially tailored for Groups:

Pre-bookable Group Tour Packages

We strongly advise that all visiting groups pre-book their time at Wells Cathedral to ensure we can accommodate your visit and provide you with the most suitable tour for your guests.

We have two main tour packages available but can also tailor packages, offering special interest tours and adding catering options.

Please book all tours by contacting [email protected]or telephone 01749 674483.

Option 1: Guided Tour Package

Our guided tour package costs £10 per person (Inc. VAT) and includes the following:

• Entrance into the unique and magnificent Wells Cathedral, its surrounding grounds and Vicars’ Close

• A guided tour hosted by one of our experienced Cathedral Guides (lasts approx. 1 hour)

• Photo permit for every group member (usually a separate charge of £4 per person)

• Fast track entry to the Cathedral (an entrance pack will be ready for you upon arrival to aid speedy entry)

• One free place for your party leader

Option 2: Group Visit Package

Our group visit package costs £8 per person (Inc. VAT). You are welcome to supply your own guide for this package or let your group walk freely around the Cathedral and its grounds.

This package includes:

• Photo permit for every group member (usually a separate charge of £4 per person)

• Fast track entry to the Cathedral (an entrance pack will be ready for you upon arrival to aid speedy entry)

• One free place for your party leader

How to book

To pre-book a group visit, including adding the tour package of your choice, please email [email protected] or call us on 01749 674483.

Payment

In order to ensure we can supply fast track access for your group, all group visits need to be booked in advance.  Upon booking we will issue your group with an invoice.

Special Interest Tours

How Wells Cathedral survived the Reformation. NEW for 2014! Come for a one and a half hour Discovery Tour of the cathedral, learning how to recognise signs of the Reformation – that period of religious upheaval during the Tudors. Booking is essential and places are limited. Click here for more information about this fascinating tour, available dates (three dates are currently available for 2014) and details of how to book.

Library – Wells Cathedral has one of the few chained libraries in Britain and has many books published in the 1500s and 1600s. The collection reflects the various interests of the canons over the centuries and includes subjects as diverse as anatomy, herbology, architecture and mapping.

Embroideries – Wells Cathedral Quire contains over a hundred beautiful embroideries from the mid 20th century relating to the Bishops, local history, saints and legends, as well as the magnificent Millennium set of altar frontals and vestments for every season of the church year.

Stained Glass - Wells Cathedral has one of the most substantial collections of medieval stained glass in England. Bring binoculars to enjoy the tour.

Catering packages for groups

If you would like to bring a group for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea or a pre-concert supper please call us in advance for details of our special pre-booked group catering options.

For more details are also available on our Catering Packages for Groups page by clicking here or please email our catering team at [email protected]