Vicars' Close Project

Vicars’ Close: A Medieval Street Singing Through the Centuries

Vicars’ Close was built over 650 years ago to house the Vicars’ Choral and it continues to be inhabited by their successors today. Vicars’ Close is unique, physically connected to Wells Cathedral and the oldest intact medieval street in Europe (1348) still used for its original purpose.

About the Project

Vicars’ Close: A Medieval Street Singing Through the Centuries will save this internationally significant architectural site. It will deliver an exciting and ambitious new visitor experience, together with a programme of events to uncover and celebrate our heritage. Working in partnership across our communities, the Project will ensure that Vicars’ Close remains valued, protected, and relevant for future generations.

About the Project A Short History

Next Steps

To develop our Project, we have convened a fantastic team of buildings’ conservation specialists, but we have also talked to our community. Understanding the needs and priorities across Somerset, listening to what interests our visitors, and exploring why some people don’t visit or engage are just some of the things that we believe are crucial to creating a project that delivers something amazing for as many people as possible.

Read our report on some of our trial activities, ‘Discovering Vicars’ Close’ below:
Read the Report

Time and Money

We estimate that our project will cost around £6.2million. So far, we have raised just under £1.1m, with the potential of a further £3.3m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. If we can secure the remaining £1.8m by early Spring 2024, our project can begin, and we aim to complete all works by 2028.

If you would like to help make our plans a reality, please visit our JustGiving page using the button below. Every donation, large or small, will make a difference.
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Get In Touch

To find out more about the project and how you can get involved, please contact Crystal Johnson, Project Director on 01749 832201 or email

Discovering Vicars' Close

Listen to our Music