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.


Thursday 26 July 2018, from 2pm – RESTRICTED ACCESS. The shops, cafe and cloisters will be open but there will be NO access to the nave of the Cathedral and surrounding areas, including the Lady Chapel.  Said Evening Prayer will take place at 5.15pm in the Close Chapel (Vicars’ Close).

Friday 3 August, 1.15pm – wedding in Lady Chapel

Friday 10 August, 1.00pm – wedding in the Quire. The East End of the Cathedral will be closed for the duration of the service.

Saturday 11 August, 9.45am–12.30pm – speaking event in the Lady Chapel. Public access to Chapter House and Undercroft but NOT the Quire.

Friday 14 September, 10.30-11.30am – Millfield  Start of Year Service

Friday 21 September 2018, 2pm – Wells Cathedral Junior School Start of Term Service

Friday 26 & Monday 29 October, all day – access to Chapter House restricted for installation of Poppy Exhibition

Scheduled organ tuning dates:

Tuesday 3 July, Wednesday 11 July pm, Thursday 12 July am, Wednesday 8 August, Wednesday 12 September, Monday 8 October, Wednesday 7 November, 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.