Visit

Wells Cathedral is set in the medieval heart of England’s smallest city and is the earliest English cathedral to be built in the Gothic style. The current building was erected between the 12th and 15th centuries and is a significant landmark in Somerset and the South West.

The Cathedral is delighted to be a recipient of a number of prestigious awards including a VisitEngland Quality Assurance marque and several tourism awards, including for Access and Inclusivity. More details here.

Opening Times

The Cathedral is open daily and we invite all of our visitors to join us for any of our services; service and music information and times can be found here.

Details of our opening times are here and please note any closures or limited access listed in Closures and Restrictions.

While admission to the Cathedral is free, English Cathedrals receive no regular funding from the Government or the Church of England towards maintenance, restoration and development work.  We therefore very much welcome donations or ask about our Wells Cathedral Annual Pass.

Visit Highlights and What’s On

Our Visit Highlights page is a great place to start to help plan your visit with us or or check out our What’s On pages for details of events and activities taking place during your visit.

Service Times

The Cathedral’s general service times and Music List can be found here.

Tours

Free guided daily Tours of the Cathedral are available all year round (except Sundays). These are led by our excellent volunteer guides and last approximately 1 hour. We also offer free weekly stained glass, stone carvings and embroidery walks which take place most Saturday and Wednesday mornings from April to October. No booking is required for any of these tours.

Wells Cathedral Guided Tour

High Parts Tours offer behind-the-scenes tours of the buildings ‘High Parts’ – follow the footsteps of Cathedral masons to discover hidden spaces, galleries and chambers!  Click here to find out more.

Chained Library Tours: Wells Cathedral has one of the few chained libraries in Britain. It is especially attractive as it is still in its original location built in the 1450s, although the current bookshelves and chains are 17th Century. Each tour lasts a full hour and a half. Places do need to be pre-booked via Eventbrite and maximum tour numbers apply

Interested in bringing your group to Wells Cathedral? We also provide a number of guided tours for group visits which, if pre-booked, offer a range of additional, exclusive benefits. 

Visitor Information

Download and print out a copy of our UK Visitor Leaflet here, or visit our Maps and Guides page for more, including visitor leaflets in a number of languages:

Wells Cathedral Visitor Leaflet - things to do

Accessibility

We are committed to making Wells Cathedral accessible to all but, like many historic buildings, there may be some access issues. Please click here to read more about access to and around the Cathedral.

Dogs

Dogs are welcome in the Cathedral providing they are on a lead, well-behaved and accompanied at all times by their owner(s). There is no provision for dogs to be left with staff or volunteers and any dogs who bark consistently or are in distress/are disruptive can be asked to leave with their owners.  Dogs are not allowed on any tour that goes above ground-level (which includes the Library and High Parts Tours).

Photography

Flash photography is not permitted in the Quire at anytime to prevent damage to the delicate needlework. Neither photography nor recording is permitted during services.