Well Worth a Visit…
Just under an hour away from Lakeside is Wells, the smallest city in England, a vibrant city bustling with markets, pubs and shops. It is also home to some fabulous examples of medieval architecture including Wells Cathedral, the moated Bishops Palace and Vicar’s Close.
The focal point of Wells for many people is Wells Cathedral, which is arguably one of the most beautiful medieval cathedrals in England. Built between 1180 and 1306 and dedicated to St Andrew the Apostle, it is the seat of the Bishop of Bath & Wells.
Entrance to the Cathedral is free but you are asked to make a donation to the running costs, suggested donations are listed below.
Adults £6.00 each
Senior Citizens £4.00 each
Students and children £3.00 each
April – September: 7am to 7pm
October – March: 7am to 6pm
Lasting about an hour, regular scheduled tours of the Cathedral are highly recommended and are available free of charge with one of the volunteer guides. Simply gather by the “Tour” sign in the nave of the Cathedral before a scheduled tour is about to begin.
Alternatively if you just want to have a wander around it might be worth taking some binoculars to view the stunning original medieval stained glass windows with the oldest surviving from the late 13th century – please visit their website for dates and times of the stained glass window walk tours.
Other noteable features include the Scissor Arches, which were built in the 14th century to support the sinking foundations, the original medieval 24 hour clock with mechanical figures, Chapter House, the octagonal chamber where the Cathedral clergy congregate to discuss cathedral business and finally as pictured above the magnificent West front which still retains over 300 original medieval statues.
The Cathedral shop and box office sells an interesting variety of books, cards, CD’s, pictures, chocolates, tapestries and jewellery and is worth a visit.
The Cathedral Cafe (open 10-5pm Mon-Sat and 11-4.30pm Sun and bank holidays) serves morning coffee and afternoon tea complimented with a delicious array of scones, pastries and cakes. If you are after something more substantial choose from a selection of light and hearty bites, they also offer great meal deals for the children. Please note – the cafe and toilet areas will be closed w/c 20th October 2014 as a new lift is being installed.
The Cathedral has morning prayer and holy communion services every day along with special services, concerts, talks and lectures. Please visit their website for further details.
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