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 a Weekly Window Walk on Saturday 1st July due to a Stained Glass Special Interest Tour taking place.

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 April-2017a-St-John-Katherine-IMG_web ‘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 John S Trans IMG_2383‘St John the Baptist’:A Renaissance portrayal of St John the Baptist high up in the clerestory of the north transept showing him awaiting execution and an Edwardian image of the saint baptising Jesus in the river Jordan. These two images show the different styles used 400 years apart.
 June  KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA‘St George':
Medieval and early 20th century portraits of England’s patron saint showing the different styles and techniques of the 1300s and 1900s.
 July  St Dunstan S Transept IMG_2892‘St Dunstan': Medieval and early 20th century portraits of St Dunstan.  He was a local man who became Abbot of Glastonbury and Archbishop of Canterbury.  We will look at the different techniques used in the glass making and design and compare the changes.
 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 Wolsey-April-2017-539x660‘An Unholy Trinity?  Three Bishops of the Reformation Years':
Learn more about the mixed legacies of Thomas Wolsey, William Barlow and Gilbert Bourne.
 May  The Virgin Mary, May 2017The Virgin Mary':
We have two beautiful embroideries of the Virgin Mary, at the Annunciation and with the baby Jesus.
 June  2017 Tours Embroidery Image Angels‘A Quire of Angels':
Appropriately in a place dedicated to the worship of God, we have many beautiful angels.
 July St Andrew July 2017 Two Martyr Saints':Learn more about St Stephen, the first Christian martyr, and St Andrew, to whom the Cathedral is dedicated.
 August  Four Builder Bishops’ 
 Sept  Creatures Great and Small’ 
 Oct  ‘And did those feet in ancient times?’