Things to Do in Wells

Wells welcomes visitors from across the globe and makes an ideal destination for a day trip or short break, not only providing an excellent base for exploring the local area but as a popular destination in its own right with much to see and do within the city itself throughout the year.

 Mendip Hills cr  Wells Market 3  The Wells

The Mendip Hills, Somerset Levels, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, Kilver Court Gardens and Glastonbury Abbey and Tor are all close by, while further afield you’ll find the Somerset Coast (including Weston super Mare, Burnham on Sea and Brean), Fleet Air Arm Museum, Wookey Hole, Cheddar Gorge and many heritage properties.


Other than the Cathedral city highlights for groups include:

The Bishop’s Palace

The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and this stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy. Visit The Bishop’s Palace‘s website for more information.

Wells Walking Tours

Walking tours of the city of Wells are available which must be pre-booked. Contact the tour guides direct on 01749 672438 or email

Eating Out

There are many different eating establishments within Wells offering a wide range of choices for groups. The following establishments can cater for large groups, but booking in advance is essential:

Wells Cathedral – our own Cathedral café can serve up to 96 covers. A contemporary space, we are proud to serve homemade, locally-sourced and Fairtrade food where possible.  Call 01749 676543 or email to reserve a table for your group. Click here for more information.

The Bishop’s Palace – The Bishop’s Table Café within the Palace grounds can cater for 120 covers. If you fancy something a little bit more special for a group of 40+, then why not arrange for a beautiful afternoon tea in the vaulted, medieval Undercroft. To arrange, please contact the Palace group travel co-ordinator Moira on 01749 988111 ext. 200 or email

Pickwicks Café – Just a couple of hundred yards from the Coach Park in Broad Street,  Pickwicks Café can seat up to 90 diners and can cater for all including, breakfasts, lunches, afternoon tea, homemade cakes or call to talk about special requirements. Contact 01749 676697.

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The hugely popular Market Days take place in Wells each Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year where you will find a huge selection of local produce and goods.

The city of Wells also plays host to a vast range of  activities throughout the year, from regular events like the weekly market to one-off larger events such as the Wells Food Festival, Wells Art Contemporary Festival, the Wells Festival of Literature and the Wells Film Festival.

The Visit Wells website is a great place to start to plan your visit to our city and includes not only a full programme of events but accommodation and food listings too. The Visit Somerset, Visit Bath and Love Weston websites are also helpful in getting a feel for what’s on in our beautiful part of England.