Chained Library

Wells Cathedral has one of the few chained libraries in Britain. It is especially attractive as it is still in its original location built in the 1450s, although the current bookshelves and chains are 17th Century.  Our Chained Library houses books published before 1800 which were collected by the canons in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, reflecting their wide-ranging intellectual interests.

Please allow one and a half hours for the tour. Be aware that access is by a stone spiral staircase and may not be suitable for those with mobility problems.

The Chained Library

To book:

Tickets are £10 per person. Call us on 01749 674483, book your place in person via our Cathedral shops or book online bookings by clicking on the date of your choice below (online bookings are subject to a small booking fee):

Want to bring your Group to the Cathedral but can’t make these dates?  Our Visits team can talk to you about tailoring a group visit to suit the date and theme of your choice.  Click here to find out more.