We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Very quaint - a touch of years gone by.

A very quaint and unique row of houses very much as it was back in history. Something almost... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sydney, Australia
Must see street

Around the north side of the cathedral you will find Vicar’s Close. It is a street of medieval... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2018
Dorset, United Kingdom
via mobile
Read all 855 reviews
All photos (292)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good25%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
Vicar's Close Street, Wells BA5 2, England
+44 1749 674483
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 17 October 2012

This charming, hidden little row of 40 cottages dates from 1363, when it was built by Bishop Ralph of Shrewsbury to house the "Vicars Choral". These were clerical assistants of the church who specialised in singing in the city’s cathedral and churches. They did however...More

6  Thank Graham B
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Cobbled streets so ladies and gents don't wear heels. The buildings are lovely to look at each bringing it's own individuality, so keep your eyes open. If you're in Wells very much worth a visit

2  Thank MarcAndCharlotte
Reviews (855)
Filter reviews
784 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews cobbled street wells cathedral step back in time tall chimneys film set oldest street inhabited street in europe visiting wells small chapel walk up harry potter photo opportunity music school piece of history worth a visit steeped in history amazing architecture
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 784 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very quaint and unique row of houses very much as it was back in history. Something almost mystical. A lovely little chapel at the end worth a look.

Thank MikeBow23
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Around the north side of the cathedral you will find Vicar’s Close. It is a street of medieval terraced houses completed in 1363 originally designed as homes for the choir. Some moderation has taken place but it is still the only completely medieval street left...More

Thank chrissieb94
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

Lovely place to visit, it’s where the choristers used to live hundreds of years ago. It’s next to the cathedral and a park, right in the city centre so plenty to see and do nearby.

Thank JoD564
Reviewed 5 October 2018

Poldark fans, see which bits you recognise. Wells is the best group of medieval ecclesiastical buildings in N Europe.

Thank foxmeister-10
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

So glad my Aunt and Uncle took me to Vicar's Close.... never before seen chimneys at the front of terraced housing. The houses on the left hand side appeared to be for teaching music, we could hear the various instrument's; pianos, violins and cornet's. The...More

Thank Denise S
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Make time to find this unique attraction, it is only 200 mtrs from the cathedral entrance. Travel back in time while wandering between these amazing houses that were built for the families of choir members.

Thank Bob C
Reviewed 3 October 2018

The most ancient cobblrd, inhabited place in Europe. Full of history and atmosphere. A must see, whilst in Wells.

Thank Milly5219
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

Take a wander up this street of what look like alms houses but we’re actually built for vicars. It’s amazing to note how the houses have been changed and adapted over the years with different doors, windows, gates, fences and walls. But all retaining the...More

1  Thank Termer13
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

A beautifully preserved and functional street adjacent to the cathedral. Very picturesque. The numerous terraced houses are used as school rooms.

1  Thank SussexApollo
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Continued our visit on to vicars close but it was like a street out of Charles Dickens film. So atmospheric. On The cobbled streets you need to be wearing flat comfortable shoes. The architecture is amazing. Back in time. Memories. Well worth a visit if...More

Thank Miriam M
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 5 nearby hotels
Ancient Gate House Hotel
243 reviews
.24 km away
The White Hart Hotel
430 reviews
.25 km away
Best Western Plus Swan Hotel
1,101 reviews
.28 km away
Premier Inn Wells (Somerset)
354 reviews
1.05 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 89 nearby restaurants
The Courtyard Restaurant
524 reviews
.28 km away
TWENTYONE cafe + kitchen
166 reviews
.23 km away
Ensemble - Restaurant
177 reviews
.27 km away
Rugantino Restaurant
500 reviews
.23 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 29 nearby attractions
Wells Cathedral
3,147 reviews
.14 km away
The Bishop's Palace and Gardens
1,325 reviews
.26 km away
Wells Market Place
280 reviews
.25 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Vicar's Close staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines