Chained Library Tours

Chained Library Tours


Wells Cathedral has one of the few chained libraries in Britain. These tours allow a behind-the-scenes look at a special space which is not generally open to the public.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Coronavirus, all regular 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.

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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. To find out more, please visit the Chained Library page.

Tours offer an insight into the chained library and are led by our highly trained and enthusiastic Cathedral Guides.

Each tour lasts a full hour and a half. Places do need to be pre-booked (see below) and maximum tour numbers apply. 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.

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