Entry and Highlights

We recommend that you allow enough time to enjoy the highlights of the Cathedral and medieval Vicars’ Close (see our Visit Highlights page for inspiration) and suggest an ideal visit time of between 1.5 – 3 hours, particularly if you’d like to stay for refreshments in our Cathedral café!

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We are a recipient of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and have been awarded ‘Coach Friendly’ status from the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK. We are also delighted to have been awarded Gold in the Large Attraction category of the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards 2017.

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We are open daily and 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.

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


Regular free scheduled tours take place each day (Monday-Saturday) with one of our experienced and enthusiastic guides which all our visitors are welcome to join.

Free weekly ‘Window Walks’ and ‘Exploring the Embroideries’ walks also take place on most Saturday and Wednesday mornings (April-October) from 11.10am and 11.40am respectively. No need to book, we offer a different theme each month. More details here.

We also offer regular fixed date special interest tours which are pre-bookable, run on specific dates during the year and which provide an in-depth look at the Cathedral’s unique stained glass, stone carvings, gothic architecture, embroideries or our chained library.  More details here.

Groups and Travel Trade

Information for Groups can be found on our Groups and Travel Trade page.

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Getting and Staying here

Journey information and suggestions for places to stay are available on our website.

Make a Day of It

Our Cathedral café is a relaxing, self-service eatery boasting views to the magnificent West Front of Wells Cathedral and over the tranquil moat of the Bishop’s Palace. Our food is freshly prepared and baked by our team in the Cathedral kitchen each day – including our homemade bread! – using local Somerset and Fairtrade produce wherever possible.

Our two shops stock a vast range of products including books, cards, CDs, gifts, pictures, chocolates, Somerset Lavender, tapestries and jewellery. Our first shop is situated in the Cathedral’s new Entry Cloister; our second is located in the heart of the city in Wells Market Place.

All profits from the café and our shops go to supporting the work of the Cathedral.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Cathedral soon.