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“Wells Cathedral”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral
Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Wells
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Owner description: This 12th-century cathedral is a fine example of Early Gothic architecture.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Wells Cathedral”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

I almost didn't visit Wells as I had seen many cathedrals on my travels and although they are historic and interesting they can sometimes be vast and in some cases a bit empty. The staff at Glastonbury suggested that I call by Wells as it wasn't far away and that parking was nearby the cathedral. I am so glad I went to Wells Cathedral! It is beautiful. It was free to enter but there was a fee of GPB3 if you want to take photos. I paid this and took many photos. The architecture inside is ornate and lovely with these hourglass shaped supports rising up inside. There is a fabulous clock and when it strikes a man on a horse revolves around. The stairs that sweep up to the Chapter House are magnificent and the fan vaulting there is particularly beautiful. Outside the Cathedral is different than others I have seen and really impressive. Don't miss a chance to visit Wells Cathedral and be prepared to take lots of great photos. Highly recommended.

Visited October 2013
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“A must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

Not only does this cathedral have a long history, it is warm [in winter] and they have a lovely helpers. I was privileged to see the library, and also have lunch in the Cathedral Cafe.

Visited February 2014
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“Beautiful cathedral”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

We really enjoyed visiting the cathedral and surrounding grounds, so much so we visited twice! Although we were unable to visit the Quire or Undercroft due to services being held, we still were able to walk around the lower part of the nave and around the outside, where we were able to see medieval ruins along with a map detailing where earlier ruins are. If you visit the cathedral, make sure you see the clock. The oldest of its kind, it's stunning and still chimes! There is a face to it both outside and in, so make sure you wander around!

I shouldn't forget to mention Louis, the cathedral cat, whom I almost stood on in the shop (he blends in to the floor rather well). We later found him relaxing by a heater in the nave. A lovely, calm little fellow; be sure to pet him if you do see him!

Visited February 2014
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“Quirky”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014

A different experience to many English Cathedrals. Firstly no fee and nobody making you feel guilty at the door. Many quirky touches, look out for carving of man with tooth ache and man being eaten by a lion. Lovely clock and quarter Jack, every quarter hour the same poor little wooden man gets knocked off his horse. The Chapter House is magnificent and then of course there is the cathedral cat wandering around like he owns the place.
We came in during a service and sat and listened to the music and as soon as it finished the cathedral was opened up.
Very tempting shop.

Visited February 2014
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“Outstanding, a must see place when in Wells!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

We went to the Matins service at 11.30am on Sunday. We were welcome by everyone and ushered to our lovely seats close to the choir. It was a very special occasion as the service was not too high church for us and the singing delightful. The building itself is amazing with so much to see in the ceiling and different chancels. We found the cathedral cat in the visitors shop which was an added bonus as quite a few items in the shop have been developed with the cat's photo/ image! We hope to visit again soon.

Visited February 2014
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