Free Weekly Walks (Saturdays and Wednesdays)

Wells Cathedral’s FREE weekly stained glass and embroidery walks take place most Wednesdays and Saturdays from April to October and showcase the Cathedral’s unique stained glass and beautiful embroideries.  Please join our Guide by the Donation Desk in our Entry Cloister to begin the tour of your choice.

Please note there will not be any tours on Saturday 1st April or Saturday 29th April. In May ‘Exploring Embroideries’ won’t run on Saturday 6th.

Stained Glass (11.10am):

Wells Cathedral has an important collection of both medieval and later stained glass, arguably some of the very best in England. It dates from the late 1200s to the 1930s and includes a large Jesse Window in the Quire and several large windows from the 1800s and 1900s.

One of the Cathedral’s specialist Guides will give a Window Walk of about 20 minutes on one or two related windows, pointing out details in the glass and giving a the background story of the figures depicted.

April ‘St John the Evangelist‘ : Two images, one from the 1330s in the Jesse Window in the Quire showing John the Beloved Disciple at the foot of the cross and the other in a window in St Katherine’s chapel from the 1500s. We will look at the changes in the techniques used in each period and the differences in style of each.
 May ‘St John the Baptist’: Renaissance and Edwardian portraits of Christ’s cousin who prepared the way for his ministry.
 June  ‘St George': medieval and early 20th century portraits of England’s patron saint.
 July  ‘St Dunstan': Medieval and 20th century portraits of England’s patron saint.
 August  ‘St Mark': Medieval and 20th century images of the Gospel writer. The evangelists were often depicted using symbols only.
 Sept  ‘Archangels’. Medieval and Victorian depictions of these haloed Angels.
 Oct ‘St Calixtus St Gregory': Medieval and 20th century portraits of these significant Popes of the early church.

Embroideries (11.40am):

We offer a different theme each month. No booking is required.

April ‘An Unholy Trinity?  Three Bishops of the Reformation Years': Learn more about the mixed legacies of Thomas Wolsey, William Barlow and Gilbert Bourne.Wolsey-April-2017-539x660
 May  ‘The Virgin Mary’ 
 June  ‘A Quire of Angels’ 
 July  Two Martyr Saints’ 
 August  Four Builder Bishops’ 
 Sept  Creatures Great and Small’ 
 Oct  ‘And did those feet in ancient times?’