Closures and Restrictions

Restricted Access

The Cathedral Nave without seating

Occasionally the Cathedral, or parts of it, may also need to close or only offer restricted access for a service, special event, filming or general maintenance.

We try to minimise these periods as much as we can, as we know that people may travel long distances to visit us.  As soon as we know about a closure it will be posted below.   Please remember to check this page for any last minute changes prior to your visit as some events may have to be arranged at short notice.

Wells Cathedral is a working church and during Advent and Christmas there will be many large services taking place. The list below is not exhaustive so please check the What’s On page for services and events before planning your trip.

The location of the service will be closed to visitors for the duration of the service but you are more than welcome to sit in the congregation. Please note that for the majority of the large services and concerts there will be rehearsals and setting up prior to the event so the Cathedral will be a busy but happy place to visit!


Tuesday 27 November, 1.30-2.30pm – Special Schools Carol Service

Friday 30 November, 10-11am – Holy Communion St Andrews Day

Sunday 2 December, 5-6.30pm – Cathedral Advent Carol Service

Friday 7 December, 11.30am-12.30pm – Millfield Prep Carol Service

Saturday 9 December, 3pm – service in the nave

Wednesday 12 December, 11am-12.00pm – Age UK Carol Service

Wednesday 12 December, 2.30-3.45pm – WI Carol Service

Friday 14 December, 9.30-10.15am  – Wells Cathedral School End of Term Service

Friday 14 December, 11.30-4pm – technical set up and rehearsals for evening concert

Monday 24 December, 2-2.30pm AND 3.15-3.45pm – Crib Service in the nave

Scheduled organ tuning dates:

Wednesday 28 November, Thursday 20 December 2018

Please note that organ tuning takes place from 10.45am to 4.00pm and will be un-tuneful and noisy! Dates are subject to change but we will update this list throughout the year.