Things To Do in Wells

England’s smallest and Somerset’s medieval city is set on the southern side of the Mendip Hills and a short drive from the cities of Bristol and Bath. The name Wells comes from three wells dedicated to Saint Andrew which can still be seen today in the Bishop’s Palace garden are the reason for the original settlement of this area.

 Mendip Hills cr  Wells Market 3  The Wells

Today Wells welcomes visitors from across the globe and makes an ideal destination for a day trip or short break, not only providing an excellent base for exploring the local area but as a popular destination in its own right with much to see and do within the city itself throughout the year. Aside from the Cathedral other popular attractions include the Bishop’s Palace, Wells Walking Tours and the popular weekly market (Wednesday and Saturdays).

The Mendip Hills, Somerset Levels, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, Kilver Court Gardens and Glastonbury Abbey and Tor are all close by, while further afield you’ll find the Somerset Coast (including Weston super Mare, Burnham on Sea and Brean), Fleet Air Arm Museum, Wookey Hole, Cheddar Gorge and many heritage properties.


The city of Wells plays host to a vast range of  activities throughout the year, from regular events like the weekly market to one-off larger events such as the Wells Food Festival, Wells Art Contemporary Festival, the Wells Festival of Literature and the Wells Film Festival.

The WellsSomerset website is a great place to start to plan your visit to our city and includes not only a full programme of events but accommodation and food listings too. The Visit Somerset, Visit Bath and Love Weston websites are also helpful in getting a feel for what’s on in our beautiful part of England.

 The great West Front of Wells Cathedral cheddar_30I8179 Weston super Mare, Somerset