Fixed Date Special Interest Tours

Wells Cathedral runs a number of Fixed Date Special Interest Tours which run on specific dates during the year. They last between 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours, can accommodate up to 15 people per party and do need to be pre-booked.

Tour themes:

1. Chained Library

Wells Cathedral Chained Library

Wells Cathedral has one of the few chained libraries in Britain. 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. Our 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 the tour. Be aware that access is by a stone spiral staircase and may not be suitable for those with mobility problems. Each tour lasts a full hour and a half. Places do need to be pre-booked and maximum tour numbers apply. £10 per person.

Dates include:

Tuesday 19 June, 2.15 – 3.45pm
Saturday 4 August, 10.00 – 11.30am

Tuesday 21 August, 2.15 – 3.45pm
Saturday 3 November, 10.00 – 11.30am

To book:

Online bookings for this guided tour click here.

Or call the Cathedral’s Box Office on 01749 671663  or purchase your ticket from us in person via one of our shops.

2. A Doorway into Gothic Architecture

Wells Cathedral Gothic Architecture tour

Wells, England’s first Gothic Cathedral, is the work of an unknown designer who was a master mason of original genius and offers a ‘textbook’ of English medieval architecture without the dryness often associated with such works. £10 per person.

Dates include:

Saturday 5 May 2018, 10.00-11.30am
Saturday 2 Jun 2018, 10.00 – 11.30am

Tuesday 17 Jul 2018, 2.15 – 3.45pm

Saturday 4 August, 10.00 – 11.30am
Tuesday 18 Sep 2018, 2.15-3.45pm

Saturday 6 Oct 2018, 10:00 – 11:30am

Tuesday 20 Nov 2018, 2:15 – 3:45pm

Saturday 1 Dec 2018, 10:00 – 11:30am

To book:

Online bookings for this guided tour click here.

Or call the Cathedral’s Box Office on 01749 671663  or purchase your ticket from us in person via one of our shops.

Group bookings:

Want to bring your Group to the Cathedral but can’t make these dates?  Our Visits team can talk to you about tailoring a group visit to suit the date and theme of your choice.  Click here to find out more.