Guided Tours

Wells Cathedral guides are renowned both locally and nationally as some of the best in the country. The Cathedral offers the services of these highly trained volunteer guides at no extra cost. Groups may wish to book a general guided tour, or one that incorporates special interest areas such as symbolism, embroideries, glass, carvings and vestments. Children go round in groups of 10 and must be accompanied by a member of the visiting school staff at all times.

Tours last approximately 1 hour and can add significantly to your enjoyment and appreciation of the cathedral. Please book at least two weeks in advance.

Wherever possible special themed days (for example Reformation, Civil War and Pilgrims Days) also incorporate a tour of the chained library, and viewing of key documents linked to the theme.

Library visit

New Lower Rates for UK School Groups!

We are committed to making a cathedral visit accessible to all UK school groups, and have new lower rates for school visits.

A shorter visit of around an hour costs £1.80 per pupil. We offer free places for accompanying staff (supervision 1:10 please).

The shorter visit can include a guided tour at no extra cost, subject to guide availability. We need at least two weeks’ notice..

Please Note: unbooked groups will be asked on entry for a suggestion donation

Prices are inclusive of VAT, payable through invoice.

Visiting with a school group – helpful advice

Booking Enquiry form

The Cathedral Education Officer can be contacted directly by email at or on 01749 674483 Ext 212.