The City of Wells
Whilst you are visiting Greyfield Farm Cottages, why not go and visit the smallest City in England – The Ecclesiastical City of Wells (for those of you who saw the film Hot Fuzz it was used as the Village of Sandford).
Visit the great Cathedral of Wells (see picture) with its magnificent west front, fabulous clock and famous scissor arches. Go and enjoy some of the great live music that is performed in the cathedral and if you are staying over Christmas the candle lit carol service is a must (tickets go on sale in August and are popular).
Go and see the Bishops Palace. Next door to the cathedral you can visit the home of the Bishop of Bath and Wells, with its moat and fortified wall. In the grounds you can see the wells that give Wells its name.
Go and have coffee and cake or lunch at the Sadlers Street Cafe in Saddler Street (great food, coffee and fabulous cakes – highly recomended).
On a Wednesday morning visit Wells Market in the old Market Square with its attached Farmers Market.
Visit the nearby attraction of Wookey Hole with its caves and handmade paper mill.
If you fancy something vegitarian try the Good Earth Cafe or go down the road to Glastonbury where you are spoilt for choice.
Wells – The Cahthedral
The current cathedral was built in the 12th Centuary on a new site to the north of the old minster church.
Its revolutionary architectural style came from France, and Wells was the first English cathedral to be built entirely in the new Gothic style.
The magnificent West Front has about 300 of its original medieval statues.
Providing a glorious theatrical stone backdrop for feast day processions.
Wells – The Vicars Close
In the 1340’s a collage was founded so the singing men of the choir, could live together.
With a dining hall and chapel. Each of the 42 vicars had their own small house.
In the 15th century, the houses were given front gardens and the Chain Gate was built to provide a passage from the hall into the cathedral.
The Vicars’ Close is the only completely medieval street in England.
Wells – Bishops Palace
The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens have been the home of the Bishops of Bath and Wells since the 13th Centuary.
Surrounded by a stunning moat (with swans), visitors can cross the old flagstone drawbridge, walk under the portcullis and experience a true hidden gem in the heart of the fabulous City of Wells.
The wells or springs, still seen today in the Bishop’s Palace garden, are the reason for the original settlement of this area and the name of the City.
Wells – Wednesday Market
Wells has many wonderful historic areas, cafes, shops and restaurants to explore.
Its excellent historic has run for over 800 years.
Market days are Wednesday and Saturday.
Additionally the Wednesday market hosts a long established and award winning weekly farmers’ market.
Location: the Market Place (in front of the Town Hall).