About Wells

Although Wells is the smallest City in England, it punches well above its weight. Nestling on the southern side of the Mendip Hills, its history stems back to the Romans who discovered the springs from which Wells takes its name.

The Cathedral and St Cuthbert’s Church were built during the Middle Ages, followed by the Vicar’s Close which is the oldest intact residential street surviving in Europe and the moated Bishop’s Palace which is still the residence of the Bishop of Bath and Wells.

The bustling bi-weekly markets, the eclectic mix of shops, the varied and good restaurants and hotels all add to the flavour of a prosperous, thriving modern city, happy with its heritage and future. Wells Cathedral School is renowned worldwide for its musical prowess and Millfield, Downside and Sherborne are all within easy distance.

Castle Cary, Bath, Bristol, Taunton and Templecombe all provide excellent rail links to London and other destinations and the expanding Bristol airport is half an hour away, now served by both Easyjet and Ryanair. A little further is Exeter airport, the home of Flybe.

The M4 lies to the north, the A303 to the south and the M5 to the west.

To the south of Wells, Glastonbury Tor rises from the mystic Somerset levels which stretch to the English Chanel while to the north are Bath and Bristol. Bath, a Unesco World Heritage Site, has a wealth of sights including Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths, beautiful Georgian terraces and houses and many exciting and innovative restaurants. Bristol is a city rich in heritage and rewards exploring as well as having some of the most varied shopping in the UK.

Other places of interest within 20 miles of Wells include Longleat, Wookey Hole and Cheddar Caves, Stourhead and many National Trust properties,