Admission and Opening Times

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Admission and Opening Times

It is our responsibility to maintain and care for Wells Cathedral and all it offers to our community for future generations. However, the Cathedrals of the Church of England receive limited funding from the church and government and rely on donations, legacies and grants as well as the income they can generate for themselves. That means here at Wells we must raise £4,500 per day through our own endeavours and with the vital help of our visitors, congregation and supporters.

This means we ask adult tourism visitors to contribute to the upkeep with an admission charge.

Admission to Wells Cathedral 

There is no charge for people who wish to come into the Cathedral to pray, attend a service or light a candle. 

Adult Tourists  £14.00 includes re-entry for 12 months from date of purchase
Adult Tourists Reduced Hours Price  £8.00 includes re-entry for 12 months from date of purchase
Under 18s  FREE

Tickets purchased via the Welcome Desk.  Visit includes a ground floor tour or audio tour, access to the new Undercroft Exhibition and a specially designed Children’s Explorer Backpack. 

Details of the Cathedral Card and the new Residents’ Pass and Parish Pass, which both allow barrier free entry, are available here.

A Joint Day Ticket to Wells Cathedral and The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens provides discounted day entry to both major attractions versus the cost of separate admission.  Tickets can be purchased at the Cathedral’s Welcome Desk, at The Bishop’s Palace’s Ticket Office or online here.


Opening Times

Cathedral Daily 7.00 a.m.–6.00 p.m. (please be aware that the East End of the Cathedral closes at 4.00 p.m. Mon-Sat in preparation for services) 
Visitor Welcome Desk Monday to Saturday: 9.00 a.m.–4.30 p.m.
Sunday: 11.00 a.m.–3.00 p.m.
The Loft Café Daily: 10.00 a.m.–4.00 p.m.
Cathedral Shop Monday to Saturday: 10.00 a.m.–4.30 p.m.
Sunday: 11.00 a.m.–3.00 p.m.

Please check this page for any last minute changes prior to your visit as some events may be arranged at short notice.

 Closures and Restrictions – Wells Cathedral


Ground Floor Tours

Included with your Admission Ticket, our Ground Floor Tours last approximately one hour and provide a general overview of the highlights which make Wells unique among English Cathedrals. They can add significantly to your enjoyment and appreciation of the Cathedral.

The hourly ground floor tours generally operate Monday to Saturday, on the hour from 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

No booking is required. Simply gather by our ‘Tour’ sign in the nave before the tour is scheduled to begin.

A group of 10 or more?  Please pre-book one of our more suitable group tours: click here.

Or for a more in-depth tour of the treasures and history of this special place, including the Chained Library or High Parts, click here.


Explorer Backpacks

Children and young people from 3 years upwards can also discover Wells Cathedral’s history, stories and special places in an interactive and fun way with the help of Explorer Backpacks (from 22nd April 2024).

The backpacks have been designed to include all the tools needed to explore and discover Wells Cathedral and will complement new activity cards which, together with a map, create a brand new children’s trail.

Explorer Backpacks are included with admission for the duration of the visit and can be picked up from the Cathedral’s Welcome Desk on arrival.

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