10 Things to Do in Wells That You Shouldn't Miss

November 15, 2017 Brain Ambrose

The name Wells comes from the city's three wells dedicated to St. Andrew. Now there's a fun factoid to fill up your next awkward silence. In England's smallest city, you won't find the big summer crowds of nearby Glastonbury. Instead, you'll have more than enough room to sight-see as you please. And there are plenty of youth clubs to entertain the kiddies while you wander. The cathedral in Wells is the landmark attraction, but also check out the nearby Bristol Zoo Gardens and International Helicopter Museum.
Restaurants in Wells

1. Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral Cathedral Green, Wells BA5 2UA, England +44 1749 674483
Excellent
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5 based on 2 reviews

Wells Cathedral

This 12th-century Cathedral is a fine example of Early Gothic architecture.

Reviewed By tentgirl - tentgirl

What an incredible Cathedral! First, found easy parking nearby in South Street and then cut through M&Co to get to the high street and marketplace so no more than a leisurely 10 minute walk. The cathedrals staff are so friendly and the grounds are immaculate. I happened to walk in during a rehearsal for St. Luke's Passion which was being performed the next day so that was lucky. Also, at the back, you can light a candle. There's plenty to do around the Cathedral so you can easily spend half a day in England's smallest city. Recommended donation according to the Cathedral is £6 for an adult.

2. Wookey Hole Magical Mirror Maze

Wookey Hole BA5 1BB, England +44 1749 672243
Excellent
41%
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29%
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4 based on 406 reviews

Wookey Hole Magical Mirror Maze

Reviewed By samroz3 - London, United Kingdom

As another reviewer has said this is not a stand alone attraction or an attraction on it's own. The mirror maze is very small and took less than a minute to navigate. I am sure that this might be entertaining for toddlers and small children but I felt that for adults the mirror maze wasn't big enough and didn't twist and turn enough to make it amusing.

3. Glastonbury Tor

off Wellhouse Lane, Glastonbury, England +44 1278 751874
Excellent
75%
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Glastonbury Tor

Reviewed By goldenapplejane - Glastonbury, United Kingdom

There isn't any parking close to the Tor, but a shuttle bus leaves from the Abbey car park (fees for parking apply) on the High Street at regular intervals. Alternatively, you can walk along Chilkwell Street and call at Well House Lane, where the Red and White Springs flank the lane. One route to the top starts here; the other at the top of this lane. The path is quite steep but paved, with steps.
At the top, it's often much windier than below, and can be quite chilly. There's a plaque which identifies the visible landmarks. It's worth bringing binoculars. Dogs are allowed, on leads as there are often sheep or cattle grazing the slopes.

4. Ring o Bells

High Street, Wookey BA5 1JZ, England +44 1749 678079
Excellent
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Ring o Bells

Reviewed By paul w - Surrey

Excellent really goof food - this is my second review on the same restaurant pub - but for some reason hasn't registered properly with trip advisor, all my previous comments still apply.

5. Sense Hair Skin Body

Glastonbury Road | Coxley Business Park, Coxley BA5 1RQ, England +44 1749 670121
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5 based on 3 reviews

A high end Somerset salon offering a wide selection of professional hair & skincare services. Our professional hair team and skincare therapists provide services and treatments for both men and women including; hair colouring, cutting and styling complimented by Elemis body treatments and facials, and a full range of grooming services.

Reviewed By JanefromSomerset - Wells, United Kingdom

On the road between Wells and Glastonbury this salon has much easier parking than in Wells. The staff are excellent and the organisation is slick. Hairdressing (obviously) plus beauty treatments in a calm, relaxed setting. I have never been kept waiting in all the years that this place has been open!

6. Vicar's Close

Vicar's Close Street, Wells BA5 2, England +44 1749 674483
Excellent
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4.5 based on 764 reviews

Vicar's Close

Reviewed By PeterHillsLewes - Lewes, United Kingdom

I have visited here a number of times and am always impressed by the substantial chimneys. Unfortunately every time I have been there have been vehicles parked in places detecting from the sense of history. However, this time there were only a couple so managed to get a picture unsullied by modern day items.

7. Wookey Hole Caves

Wookey Hole BA5 1BB, England +44 1749 672243
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3.5 based on 3 reviews

Wookey Hole Caves

A series of caves that sheltered Stone Age people.

Reviewed By alisonbielecka - Scotland

website made the caves look amazing. In the middle of a very pretty village and plenty of free parking. Queue for tatty paper tickets then a ridiculous queue to get into caves. You can hire buggies for £10 but the caves are completely inappropriate for buggies you'd spend longer clipping the kids in and out of the buggy for them to be worth it. We came early on Good Friday and were probably the 2nd tour of the day so "only" queued for about 20 minutes to get in. When we came out the queue was ridiculous. Tour was too slow and very tedious. People chatting (not the guide's fault) but if they wan't people to listen they need mics. The information they gave could have been on plaques or a guidebook rather than a tour. I was bored out of my skull. Cost us nearly £50 for two adults and a 4 year old for the day. You can spend less than that and get a year's membership to SS Great Britain. The 4D cinema show was a whole world of weird. It's themed as a witches spell gone wrong but after a long introduction involving a witch and a bat you go into a cinema where they show Ice Age in 4D??? WTF? Our 4 year old loved the soft play and as we visited on a miserable rainy day it was a godsend. We had 2 sausage rolls and 2 cups of tea and it cost us over £10. The Victorian arcade is charming but I am sorry we came here. Filled a day but I'd have rather gone back to another museum in Bristol paid the same and had a better time. Don't go.

8. St. Margaret's Chapel & Magdalene Almshouses

Magdalene Street, Glastonbury BA6 8DH, England +44 1458 835067
Excellent
87%
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5 based on 126 reviews

St. Margaret's Chapel & Magdalene Almshouses

Reviewed By Michelle B - Braintree, United Kingdom

After the busy hustle and bustle of the town centre, just a short way off is this tiny, ancient chapel with simple white washed walls. They also have alms houses that depict how they would have been used and a peaceful little garden, smelling beautifully of lavender.
It is like an oasis of calm.
They also have a lovely little gift shop selling the lavender that they grow and other handmade things.

9. The Bishop's Palace and Gardens

Wells, England +44 1749 988111
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Bishop's Palace and Gardens

Home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years this stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy. Surrounded by a breathtaking moat with resident Mute swans, you can cross the Drawbridge to experience a true hidden gem in the heart of the City of Wells. The Palace sits within 14 acres of RHS partner Gardens, including the beautiful well pools from which the city takes its name. In the Arboretum is the newly developed "Dragon's Lair" children's playground to tire out little legs. There are daily Guided Tours, a Cafe serving delicious lunches, cakes and hot and cold drinks. Dogs are welcome on leads.

Reviewed By mmg671 - Southampton, United Kingdom

Very quiet and calming place to spend a few hours enjoying the Gardens and surrounding buildings. A must place to visit while in Wells.

10. Ebbor Gorge

Ebbor Lane, Wells, England
Excellent
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4.5 based on 124 reviews

Ebbor Gorge

Reviewed By Lynette P - Exeter, United Kingdom

It is a walk for the more able and adventurous. It was rather muddy and slippery under foot and made the climbing up the gorge a little unsteady at times, and with a young child a little tricky, but the nature, views and overall experience is worth the few negatives. A wonderful couple of hours, and a couple of lovely spots for a snack and sit down.

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