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“well well well” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral
Cathedral Green, Wells BA5 2UE, England
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Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Wells
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: This 12th-century cathedral is a fine example of Early Gothic architecture.
Romford, United Kingdom
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“well well well”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

we stumbled upon Wells and Wells Cathedral by happy accident and i'm glad we did. the Cathedral is impressive and as Cathedrals go quite fun and informative. Unlike many other Cathedrals, although there is a suggested donation i didn't feel any obligation or pressure to give which made giving towards the up keep a joy. the different nocks and crannies really add to the mystery and history of the place. winding your way up the worn steps to one of the chambers you can really feel the history. it was a great day out.

Visited May 2013
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“Rather Lovely!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

The reviewer who claims it's 'ludicrous' to suggest giving a donation is being overly fussy. They are asking,not demanding and I politely said I could only give £2 which they accepted. And purr lease.....rip off Britain??? In Australia it costs $15 to get into a small and dingy modern cathedral,stop moaning. Rant over,the cathedral is beautiful with the best aspect of it being the pretty grounds. It's not as grand as Durham but close.

Visited May 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Wells cathedral is a breathtaking sight on a breathtaking site. Prepare to be rendered temporarily speechless when taking in the architecture on the outside of the cathedral itself. On entrance there is a "suggestion" of a £10 donation for upkeep. Bear in mind that it is only a suggestion and not compulsory, So absolutely no point whatsoever of moaning on about ludicrous charges etc., On our visit did,nt feel a gun to the head or anyone collecting fees -only a suggestion on a large collercting case.

Wonderful inside and more beautiful architecture and craftsmanship. Very tranquil place except for the occasional screaming child and obligatory mobile phone. Heaven forbid that they should be banned on entrance,

Well worth a visit and you can make of it what you will. The town itself is lovely with lots of small shops with cathedral souvenirs so there is really no need to take photographs.

Visited June 2012
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“You don't have to believe in God to visit, but it helps.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Dear Lord... please forgive us the fact that we weren't carrying much cash when we arrived and couldn't quite scrape the entire recommended donation together. We would have used a credit card to buy stuff in the gift shop at the exit but it was shut when we left.

And when you've got a spectacular piece of 12th century architecture on this scale this to maintain, you need plenty of donations. It really is breathtaking (not on the scale of, say, the Liverpool Anglican which is just plain mahoosive, but big nonetheless), and in an age of secularisation and the questioning of the existence of God, it is one of those few places that you get the feeling that this life isn't just it. I can't explain it, but you just do.

I can understand why some would gain from a guided tour, but being one of just a handful of people quietly wandering about and taking it in did it for me. In fact, if you went to Wells for a day and didn't visit the place you'd have to be a militant atheist or a member of the taliban.

Visited April 2013
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“Wow They Don't Make Them Like This Anymore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

stumbled onto this gem on the way to Glastonbury. We spent the rest of the morning here and blew off the trip to Glastonbury. Those craftsmen of the Middle Ages were incredible. It is hard to imagine how they accomplished such wonders without having access to machines.

Visited March 2013
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