Closures and Restrictions

Closures and Restrictions

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Coronavirus, all regular events and tours have been been suspended in Wells Cathedral until further notice. The Cathedral is, however, now open to all visitors and public worship has begun again.


Occasionally the Cathedral, or parts of it, may also need to close or only offer restricted access for a service, special event, filming or general maintenance.

We try to minimise these periods as much as we can, as we know that people may travel long distances to visit us.  Please remember to check this page for any last minute changes prior to your visit as some events may have to be arranged at short notice. However Wells Cathedral is a working church and the dates and information mentioned on this page may not be exhaustive so please check the What’s On page for services and events before planning your trip or call reception on 01749 674483.

The location of the service will be closed to visitors for the duration of that service but you are more than welcome to sit in the congregation. Please note that for the majority of the large services and concerts there will be rehearsals and setting up prior to the event so the Cathedral will be a busy but happy place to visit!


Restricted Access



While  the Cathedral is now open to all visitors, some areas remain closed owing to social distancing limitations. These include:

Chapter House (and Chapter House steps)

The Quire

St Martin and St Callixtus Chapels

High Parts

Where possible these areas can still be viewed, and information boards have been placed around these areas to enhance visitors’ experience.


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