Wells Cathedral
Wells Cathedral
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Wells Cathedral is set in the medieval heart of England’s smallest city and is the earliest English Cathedral to be built in the Gothic style. At the heart of Wells Cathedral is the daily pattern of prayer and worship, the rhythm of which forms the framework of all that we do. You are welcome to visit and enjoy Wells Cathedral at your own pace or take a guided tour. Tickets for tours are now available via www.eventbrite.co.uk The Loft Café boasts views of the magnificent West Front of Wells Cathedral and over the tranquil moat of the Bishop’s Palace. The Loft café is located on the first floor and is reached by a set of stairs or, for those in a wheelchair or with pushchairs, by lift. The Cathedral shop is situated on the ground floor by the Welcome desk. It’s the perfect place to browse Somerset produce and thoughtful gifts and books.
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  • casswife
    Dunfermline, United Kingdom1,537 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building
    A lovely building which is free to enter though a donation is gladly received, the example of £14 was given for a couple. There are various donation boxes scattered about but if you're a UK taxpayer then the best way is at the desk where they can take gift aid details. A lovely experience and a magnificent building, especially from the outside
    Thank you for your kind review and your donation!
    Written 24 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Edith B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    A stunning cathedral in the heart of Wells. My husband andnI visited on a recent tour of the south west. The amenities for the “older” generation were good, lots of pretty swans swimming in the moat. We look forward to visiting again and hopefully this time we will have longer to explore the wells shops. EB
    Thank you for the lovely review, Edith.
    Written 24 August 2023
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    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Go00393776686
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful building
    We had planned a visit to Wells in order to see the cathedral, but didn't know about the Wells Contemporary Art exhibition which was a bonus. The cathedral is well worth visiting in any case. Don't miss the Vicars' Close over the road as well.
    Thank you for your kind review!
    Written 24 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
  • MerseysideTinkerbell
    Merseyside, United Kingdom4,981 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Cathedral
    We went late August 2022 and I thought I had done this review but cant find it. It was a glorious day and so the Catheral looked stunning in the sunshine and the light coming into it on the inside as well, it is not a dark Cathedral as some are. Set in lovely grounds.
    Thank you for your kind review! We hope we can welcome you to the Cathedral again soon.
    Written 24 August 2023
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    Visited September 2022
    Written 11 August 2023
  • D1rtd1ver
    Rugby, United Kingdom27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wells Cathedral
    Beautiful cathedral well maintained. Had the upper levels tour with Tim &Richard max 10 in a group great knowledge and enthusiasm from both see parts of the cathedral everyone else misses. Well worth it very interesting tour last 1 half hours.
    Thank you for the kind review! We're very glad you enjoyed your tour.
    Written 24 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
  • TDavis
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walk the high parts tour
    Really informative tour called Walk the high parts. Simon & Jan were helpful and Informative. Fascinating insight of behind the scenes explained by Simon and entertained by the stories of the past. Thoroughly recommend and not as difficult as expected to negotiate the steps!
    Thank you for the kind review - we're so glad you enjoyed your tour!
    Written 24 August 2023
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    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Joe B
    61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wells mid weekend break.
    On arrival spoke to Fiona at reception. Absolutely lovely lady with a great personality. She was very informative. We had a marvelous guided tour, given by David, who pointed out things that we would never have noticed. A good orator and full of information. Definitely recommend. The cathedral is a wonderful example of the various types of architecture and stone masonry throughout the ages. Try and see the clock in action, which is every quarter of an hour.
    Thank you for the lovely review! We are glad you enjoyed your experience with our Welcome Desk staff and your guided tour of the Cathedral with one of our amazing volunteer guides. I will pass on your comments to the staff and the guides.
    Written 8 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 October 2023
  • Carol P
    Oxford, United Kingdom69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning, breathtaking Cathedral
    A stunning cathedral! Breathtaking especially inside. Wells is a lovely city too. We parked in Morrisons (3hrs free parking) which gave us plenty of time to walk round the Cathedral and City. Will visit again its gorgeous. Dog friendly too
    Thank you for your kind review! We hope we can welcome you to the Cathedral again soon.
    Written 8 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 October 2023
  • BackinBracknell
    Bracknell, United Kingdom1,530 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Gothic building
    Very happy to pay £8 each to visit, though it felt like an entrance charge. The money was taken without question and we certainly weren't asked if we would like to make a "donation". Anyway it was well-worth it. Inside is stunning and so light and bright. We were lucky to be able to join a guided tour which was just starting. This lasted an hour and the guide was very engaging and showed us all the highlights. Seeing the medieval clock in action is amazing! Also don't miss popping round the corner to see the houses in Vicars Close.
    Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Wells Cathedral. We are so glad you enjoyed your tour with one of our amazing volunteer guides! Wells Cathedral does not have an entrance charge. We ask visitors if they would like to make a donation on arrival or in one of our donation boxes. We are sorry that this message was not properly conveyed to you on your visit. We ask this because we do not receive any regular support from the Church of England, or the Government, and so rely heavily on the generosity of its visitors. However, we are completely aware that not everyone can or wants to give the suggested donation.
    Written 8 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 October 2023
  • richm62
    West Bromwich, United Kingdom234 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic cathedral
    Promised i'd visit the last time i was in Somerset but never got around to it. We were greeted at the entrance by a volunteer helper who offered a small map and explained what we could see whilst here. A wonderful cathedral with some lovely stained glass windows, plenty of history and wonderful gardens and surrounds. No entrance charge but a donation is welcome which aids the upkeep of the UK's smallest city's cathedral.
    Thank you for your kind review! We hope we can welcome you to the Cathedral again soon. Unfortunately, the Church of England doesn't fund the upkeep of the cathedral and we are 95% self funding, so we do rely on the generosity of our visitors to keep the doors of this historic and beautiful place open to all.
    Written 8 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 October 2023
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Ann C
Grange-over-Sands, UK32 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
I have visited Well Cathedral several times in the past, it is one of my favourites but I have to write this review as I feel that the method of getting donations is wrong.

The Cathedral was always free to get in with a donation box at the entrance/ exit. I have always put a donation in the box and am happy to contribute to the upkeep which I’m sure is substantial.

This has all changed & you are now accosted by a lady asking if you want the cafe or the Cathedral. In the background is a sign giving the suggested amount of £6.00 for adults £5.00 concessions. If you chose the Cathedral Route you are directed to a lady on a till where you feel pressurised to pay to go in.

We ( 2 couples) decided not to go as this is definitely the wrong way to go about getting people to give a donation.

Either charge an entrance fee or leave it as it was don’t basically force people to give a donation.
Four donations were lost that day & I’m sure many more were to.

I certainly won’t return whilst the system is in place which is a shame as this is such a beautiful building.

If I was giving a review of the actual Cathedral it would be 5*
Written 12 February 2020
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Lady Traveller P
Wellington, UK194 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
There is no getting away from it Wells is a beautiful cathedral. It should be open to anyone. I get that they need money but don't say it's a donation and then tell everyone to pay £6. I know the woman on the till states you can pay what you want. But this is embarrassing for people who cannot afford £6. Whatever happened to Churches being open to all. I visited with a friend who felt so pressured that she gave £8 that I knew she could not afford. When I asked her why she paid it she said she felt embarrassed to pay less. For God sake since when did the church start embarrassing people to get money out of them.
You should be ashamed of yourself. Charge for guided tours, but let people visit as it was intended, for a place to contemplate and pray.
Written 11 February 2020
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AprilForbes
Salisbury, UK1,300 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021 • Friends
Arrived at 11:00 and went in, it is free but you have the option of giving a donation - recommend £6 or £5 depending on age.

My ma had the option of a service at 11:30 which we didn't do, just wanted to look around.

Parts of the cathedral are ornate but some parts are very plain.

I was disappointed that there is scaffolding outside, so of course don't quite get the whole effect.

My ma liked the grounds, admittedly I just sat on a bench whilst she walked the gardens.

If you enjoy cathedrals, it is worth a visit.
Written 19 July 2021
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Andy B
Harlow, UK511 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
We attended a concert in the cathedral, booking tickets online using a seating plan. We selected seats in the nave, however on the night we were shown to seats in the aisle with our view obstructed by the building's columns which are over a metre wide.

According to the online pricing plan the seats we were shown to were 25% cheaper than those we had paid for. On the night the event was largely being run by volunteers and the ticket money is towards charity so we didn't protest at what we saw as something of a rip-off in other circumstances.

The actual concert and musicianship was superb. We would have been delighted if we had had the view we paid for.
Written 20 September 2020
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I'm very sorry to hear that you had a bad experience. I would like to check your ticket purchase and seat allocation so that we can ensure this issue does not occur in future, and would be grateful if you were able to email me at emily.risdon@wellscathedral.uk.net
Written 6 October 2020
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Kayleigh M
Southampton, UK231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Wow!

This building is beautiful, we walked around the grounds of it for a while admiring the detailed work on the building before going in and looking inside.
We went in and although you don't have to pay they ask for a contribution, which is absolutely fine we would have paid to get in if there was a charge any way however the staff kept saying you don't have to but we recommend it, and we didn't have alot of cash with us due to always paying via card etc so gave them what we had, had we have known that as walking around the cathedral there is boxes for contributions in various places we would have preferred to put the money in there when it was a bit more private.

The building inside is breath taking, looking at the features and the detail of everything was amazing.

The building is full of history and I would really recommend going inside if you are passing by.
Written 24 February 2020
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Hols4me22
Cornwall, UK91 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021
Advertised as free to visit outside but once in the foyer there is a sign of a 'suggested' donation of 6.00 per person. Then the lady behind the desk told us to scan track & trace followed by ' I expect everyone in the party to leave a donation'. Now, my husband had already gotten out 10.00 to donate for the 4 of us which we thought was generous for a quick walk around the cathedral, but seen as she was standing there expectantly awaiting more money we chose instead to leave. Very embarrassing! Either charge for entrance or leave it to people to donate what they can afford not be told what to pay. The cathedral should be for everyone! Will avoid in future.
Written 29 June 2021
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Linsley M
London, UK114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2020
Wells cathedral is not difficult to miss. And its worth popping in. Unusually there is note try fee but a modest donation of just £5 is requested. That is incredible value.

Because of the lockdown there are restrictions and not all of the cathedral is open. However the grandeur of the building is self-evident, helped by keeping the nave free of pews and chairs.

Don't miss the clock!

There is plenty of space for social distancing as well.
Written 20 July 2020
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Trepesciolini
United Kingdom55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Due to current restrictions, tours and visits are suspended. Therefore, we were only able to view the Cathedral itself.
There is no entry fee for this, though donations are invited (but not compulsory, and £6 per adult is a modest ask compared to the compulsory entry fee of other similar buildings).
The building is beautiful and very peaceful, with quiet corners for private prayers available.
Make sure to stop by the clock as it strikes the quarter to see the mechanism in action.
We loved the stained glass and the carvings.
There are no chairs or pews in the nave, but stone seats are located along the walls and offer a welcome chance to sit and admire and take in the surroundings or just to rest.
Written 13 August 2020
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Great to hear you enjoyed your visit, thank you for your review and donation!
Written 27 August 2020
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Gemma L
282 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I have only given 4 stars due to the forcefulness and rudeness of the lady on the donations desk. The sign says free entry, donations appreciated, but no obligation to pay- however there is very much an obligation to pay! We walked in and were shouted back very loudly to the desk to provide a donation- embarrassing us in front of other visitors. It's a suggested donation of £6- but you can do other amounts, via card, all under the watchful eye of the rude lady! Had it been a donation bucket we would have popped in some coins, but being told what to donate or being made to feel like we weren't doing enough riled us so we opted to pay nothing! Just in case you didn't want to pay on the door however, there are numerous other donation buckets around the Cathedral.........

The Cathedral itself was beautiful, informative and well kept. There was a great one way system in place, and we were lucky enough to see the clock strike the hour. I really enjoyed reading the dates dotted about the church, and there was a wonderful art display on show at the time. We also pottered up Vicars Close, which was truly stunning!
Written 31 August 2021
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fergumagoo
Leeds, UK92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2020 • Couples
My husband and I went to Wells on a day trip and we decided to pay a donation and go into the cathedral. We are so glad that we did because it really is beautiful and lovely to stroll around. I felt like they dealt with covid and social distancing very well and I was really impressed to see that well behaved dogs were welcome! The inside is so beautiful and the history is wonderful, it was a lovely sunny day and well worth a visit!
Written 30 July 2020
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