Chained Library Tours

Wells Cathedral has one of the few chained libraries in Britain and is not generally open to the public.

The Chained Library








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. The Chained Library houses books published before 1800 which were collected by the canons in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, reflecting their wide-ranging intellectual interests.

Please allow one and a half hours for this popular tour. Be aware that access is by a stone spiral staircase and may not be suitable for those with mobility problems.

How to book:

Places do need to be pre-booked via Eventbrite here. Maximum tour numbers apply.