Wells in Somerset a small cathedral city approximately twenty miles south of Bristol; it makes a good stopover location if you wish to visit other attractions
in the Mendip Hills. There are various visitor attractions and places of interest in the city. You will probably commence your tour of Wells by visiting the Cathedral
which has intricate Gothic carvings, the west front has around 300 figures most of the statuary is badly worn or damaged.
The main building was begun in the 12th century; in the interior you will see the fine examples of Early Gothic architecture. A scissor vault constructed in 1338 was built to take the weight of the tower and to support the building against unstable medieval foundations. In the north transept there is a 24 hour astronomical clock dating from 1390 the 14th century clock has jousting knights who appear every quarter of an hour.
On the north side of the Cathedral are a row of clerical houses, Wells museum is housed in the chancellors house where you can see some of the original Medieval Sculptures taken from the cathedral. There is also a section with fossils collected from the surrounding areas. Next to the cathedral is Vicarís Close which was originally built to house members of the clergy in the 14th century and is one of the oldest streets in England. The houses are still occupied today.
The Bishops Palace is the official residence of Bath and Wells. The medieval palace was fortified and moated with a drawbridge as the only entry, in the 14th century, the consequence of a falling-out with the city.
In the cobbled main square is the Tourist Information Centre where you can get more information on the attractions plus details of walks in the surrounding area, they can also help you with accommodation choices.
Approximately two miles from Wells is Wookey Hole an impressive cave complex and popular visitor attraction. The guided tours tell the tale of the Witch of Wookey; an ancient skeleton was discovered here in 1912.
Ten miles north-west from the city of Wells is Cheddar Gorge, the limestone gorge cuts through the Mendip Hills. This stunning, deep and rough gorge with its dramatic scenery is probably best seen from the top of the 274 steps called Jacobs Ladder (It is a hard and tough climb you need to be fit!) Beneath the gorge are the Cheddar Caves which are floodlit, the rock shapes look like birds and waterfalls, well worth visiting.
Six miles south of Wells is Glastonbury, high above the town is a remarkable landmark Glastonbury Tor at 521ft it offers stunning views over Somerset. A bus runs through the summer months (to save you the walk) leaving from the High Street to the foot of the Tor.
Glastonbury Abbey goes back to the earliest days of Christianity. Myth and history blend together King Arthur and Queen Guinevere were supposedly buried here. Also look out for the Thorn Tree, the original Glastonbury Thorn is said to have germinated from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea who planted his staff when he landed here to convert the country.
You will find Somerset has plenty to offer the visitor whether for a weekend break
or a longer visit. There are excellent coastal and countryside walks, historic towns, lively shopping areas and some beautiful scenery to enjoy.