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Holidays in Wells

The smallest city in the country bursting with culture and history

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View over Wells countryside

Wells is found at the foothills of Somerset's Mendip Hills in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wells is a great starting point for both walking and outdoor pursuits. The area is renowned for its striking natural rock formations such as underground caves and caverns, and the nearby Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge are popular all year round attractions.

The town is approximately 20 miles (40 minute drive) from the long stretch of sandy beach at Weston-Super-Mare, with its attractive promenade and aquarium.

Wells offers a great selection of places to eat and drink, including tearooms and cafés as well as restaurants and takeaways, ranging from well-known chains to independently run establishments.

Wells Cathedral

There’s a large selection of pubs to choose from, most of which provide good food and a welcoming atmosphere, with menu’s inspired by seasonal local produce.

This small city boasts a range of shops to suit all needs including bookshops, chemists, florists, gift shops, jewellers, music shops and galleries. The popular factory-shopping outlet at nearby Street has a selection of High Street stores which offer well-known brands at discounted prices.

In the city and surrounding area you will find parks, recreational areas and a leisure centre with an indoor pool. Tennis and netball courts, bowling club and an 18-hole golf course. On the Mendips caving is a growing activity with many clubs giving guidance. Fishing and horse riding can also be enjoyed with many stables, rivers and lakes close by.

Wookey Hole Caves are open all year round and are situated only 3 miles from Wells. They are the legendary home of the wicked witch of Wookey with guided tours around the caves, a magical mirror maze, a penny arcade, restaurant and bar. Further afield you will find Longleat House and Safari Park, which is situated just 20 miles (40 minutes) from wells and has been voted the Attraction of the Year by the good Britain guide also the famous Cheddar Gorge and Caves are only 9 miles from wells with distinguishing caves and Britain’s largest natural gorge.

“Wells offers a great selection of places to eat and drink including tearooms and cafés as well as restaurants and takeaways.”

Events in Wells range from Mayday celebrations to music festivals often centered around the Cathedral Green, The Royal Bath and West show takes place every year at the end of May and of course you will be within easy reach of the famous Glastonbury Festival which held annually at Worthy Farm, Pilton at the end of June. Smaller summer concerts are held in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey.

While you’re there


Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in this English garden of Fenny Castle Tea Rooms.

Wookey Hole

Explore the magical caves at Wookey Hole, with a cafe, museum and play area all onsite.

Kilver Court

Kilver Court is a shopping outlet, surrounded by beautiful gardens.

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