Free Weekly Walks

Free Weekly Walks


Wells Cathedral offers three FREE 20 minute weekly walks:

  • The Carvings Walk – 10.40 am
  • The Window Walk –  11.10 am
  • The Embroidery Walk – 11.40 am

 

These run on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from April to October according at the above times. No booking required! A different theme is offered each month – please join a guide in the nave of the Cathedral to begin the tour of your choice.

The Walks

Stone Carvings (10.40am)

One of the more remarkable medieval features of Wells Cathedral, are the stone carvings. They are to be found everywhere, but particularly in the Nave and Transepts, on whose walls and pillars mythical creatures abound, recognisable creatures do strange things, Green Men glare down, and stories in stone are told. Let our trained guides show them to you, and tell you all about them.

Stained Glass (11.10am)

Wells Cathedral has an important collection of both medieval and later stained glass, arguably some of the very best in England. It dates from the late 1200s to the 1930s and includes a large Jesse Window in the Quire and several large windows from the 1800s and 1900s.

One of the Cathedral’s specialist Guides will give a Window Walk on one or two related windows, pointing out details in the glass and giving the background story of the figures depicted. Binoculars are useful though not essential.

Embroideries (11.40am)

The beautiful embroideries in the Quire include 32 banners relating to Bishops from the 14th to the 20th centuries.  Working chronologically, we will explore the lives of a different group of Bishops each month.

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